Valentine’s Day Gifts for Kids: Books That Say “I Love You!” for Your Little Valentine

Give Kids the 'Love' of Reading!

Kids books that say "I love you!" for Valentine's Day
Kids books that say "I love you!" for Valentine's Day | Source

Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids

When people think of Valentine’s Day, they mostly think of the romance aspect of it. They think about going out on a date, candle lit dinners, receiving chocolates or flowers, wooing their partner….

It’s all about love though, right?

Parents have so many ways that they show their children how much they love them. They take care of them, laugh at their silly jokes, take them to their favorite places, teach them to have fun, make them special meals, listen to music with them, cuddle with them, give them lots of hugs and kisses, etc.

Why not give them a special gift on Valentine’s Day?

My kids love when my husband and I read books with them, so for them, great little, inexpensive gifts would be books that say “I Love You!”. It’s a gift of love that instills the love of reading. Bonus points!

Hugaboo

An inside peek of Hugaboo
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Hugaboo, I Love You

Hugboo, I Love You: by Hans Wilhelm

Hugaboo is one of my favorite books to read to my kids. As you read, you come across a variety of adorably illustrated animals in their habitats. Each page starts with the phrase “If you were a little [animal]…” while on the opposite side, there is a flap to lift. Once you lift the flap (or have the kids lift the flap—they love to do it!) there is a picture of the young animal hugged by a parent animal and the words “…you would get a [adjective] hugaboo!”. For example, if the animal was a dog, it might read: If you were a little puppy, you would get a furry hugaboo!”.

At the end of the book, there is a bear with two arm flaps going across the pages looking at the reader. As you lift the first arm, it reads, “How about you?”, and as you lift the second flap it reads “Here’s a hugaboo for you!”. That is my son’s favorite part; he loves to hug the book back!

Imagine If Toddlers Were Dinosaurs....!

An inside peek of How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You
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How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?: By Jane Yolen

This is another one of my favorite books. Inside of How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You you will find awesome illustrations of dinosaurs that are representative of active, trouble making toddlers and their human parents. As the book unfolds, the dinosaurs engage in a variety of behaviors—not listening, whining, hitting, running away, etc.—that toddlers do on a daily basis. After mentioning a few of these things, the parents are sure to mention the good that the dinosaur does—cleaning up, holding hands in the store, giving hugs—and tell the dinosaurs how much they love them.

As an added bonus, this book offers a teaching opportunity. Each of the dinosaurs in this book (and others in the series) are labeled with their actual scientific name. You can easily look up these dinosaurs online and teach your kids about them. There’s a neovenator, a tapejara, an ouranosaurus, a chasmosaurus and a few more. If your child likes dinosaurs like mine does, How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You is a great book to buy!

[Other books in the series include: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food, How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon and more!]

How Dinosaurs Say I Love You

"To the Moon and Back..."

My kids reading Guess How Much I Love You
My kids reading Guess How Much I Love You | Source
Heehee...The note left in the book for me by my boyfriend (who is now my husband!).
Heehee...The note left in the book for me by my boyfriend (who is now my husband!). | Source

Guess How Much I Love You: by Sam McBratney

Who could resist this book? My copy, a giant version of the book Guess How Much I Love You , was given to me by my husband when we were dating many moons ago (you know, before kids, when we were still lovey dovey). Now, it is a pretty popular book to give to new parents or at baby showers.

I now share that book with my kids. They love to see little nut brown hare follow big nut brown hare as they both try to explain the limitlessness of their love, which reaches “ right up to the moon, and back”. This book comes in all sizes, including the incredibly large one I have, and is a great bedtime story book!

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

When my brother was a baby, my mom was given the book Love You Forever. I can still recite the line that is repeated throughout the book without even looking at the book: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as you’re living, my baby you’ll be”. It follows a mom as she watches her son grow from an infant to an adult. The first page is the mom holding her infant son in a rocking chair. One of the last pages is a tear jerker, so be ready with tissues! It shows the adult son holding his elderly mom in the rocking chair, cooing to her the words she said to him all his life: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always…” The book ends as the son sings the same words to his baby daughter.

[Note: Some people really dislike this book, saying it's weird that the mom is there for her son all through his adult life. Others think it's endearing. I think the message that repeats throughout the book is what makes the book special.If you have ever loved a child with all of your heart, you'll understand!]

A Reading of Love You Forever

Mommy Loves Me: Precious Moments

A peek of Mommy Loves Me
A peek of Mommy Loves Me | Source

Mommy Loves Me: by Alex Barad, Illustrated by Sam Butcher

If you like Precious Moments, you'll like Mommy Loves Me . It's a really adorable book written from the perspective of a little girl as she tells of all the ways her mommy shows her love. The illustrations are from Sam Butcher, the artist and creator of the Precious Moments figurines. At the end of the book, there is a little girl holding a paper that says, "Mommy, I love you too!" How cute is that!

Children's Books about Love are Great Gifts for Valentine's Day!

If you're going to give a small gift to your child this Valentine's Day, consider one of these books. Not only are you showing them how much you love them, you're also instilling a love of reading in them!


Happy Valentine's Day!

©ThePracticalMommy


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Do You Buy Gifts for Your Children on Valentine's Day? Do You Like These Books or Know of More? Let Me Know in the Comments Below! Thanks for Reading! 35 comments

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tutta 2 years ago from Florida

I love the idea of giving 'I Love You' books to your kids for Valentine's Day! This will be my first Valentine's Day as a mommy and was trying to think of cute ideas for my boy! Thanks so much!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

stephhicks68, the Velveteen Rabbit will always remain a much loved classic! That is a wonderful story about real, true love and friendship. I'm glad you liked the hub. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

One of my absolute favorite books to read aloud to children (I would suggest ages 5-9) is the Velveteen Rabbit. I read it to my daughter last weekend and it was the best gift I have given her - and myself - in a long time. Super idea for a hub. Happy Valentine's Day!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

ayliss08, I'm glad you liked the hub. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)


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ayliss08 4 years ago from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Well, nice and interesting Valentine's Day gift ideas for kids! I am sure that many parents will appreciate your hub, to select the best gifts for their kids. Thanks, and voted up!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

Annette, I never heard of the Diane De Groat books; I'll have to check them out! Thanks for the suggestion, and for commenting! :)


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Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

What a wonderful hub, Marissa. Books are the perfect gift any time of year! You have some great selections on this hub. I read many of these books to my storytime kids, when I was a public librarian.

"Guess How Much I Love You" and "How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?" were two of their favorites. They also enjoyed the Diane De Groat books, including "Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink."

Voted up and awesome. Happy Valentine's Day!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

Ardie, right before I wrote this hub, I won two more of the How Do Dinosaurs books on eBay for an awesome discounted price. My son loves them since he's so into dinosaurs right now that I couldn't resist buying them before Valentine's Day. :) I'm glad you like the ideas! Thanks for stopping by and reading!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This is such a cute idea! I always buy my kids something small for Valentine's Day and books are a wonderful way to tell your kids you love them. There are a few here I will have to keep an eye out for.


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

Cloverleaf, I really appreciate your kindness! Share away! ;) Thanks for reading and commenting!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

rsusan, my kids love to 'read' (three year old and a one year old), so I love any reason to get new books for them. Valentine's Day is a perfect excuse for me to buy new books! ;) Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Oh this is just perfect! I'll share with my followers :)


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

Very creative hub, ThePracticalMommy! Teaching kids to love books is a gift that will last a lifetime. I love the way you are approaching Valentine's Day!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

KrystalD, I'm glad you liked these book ideas for kids! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)


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KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

Books are a great way to teach children the value of love, friendship and appreciation. I enjoyed thinking about these great books and how I can use them with children. Thanks!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

Melovy, I love the idea of the homemade cards! My son and I will be working on those in the coming weeks. Guess How Much I Love You is a great book; I hope my kids continue to enjoy it and perhaps pass it on to future generations. :)

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

What lovely ideas.

I remember when my girls were little and wanted to know what Valentine’s day was about, I explained that people gave cards to people they loved. So naturally that included them, and every year I made them cards, and they made my husband and I ones too. They’ve grown out of that now, but it was lovely. I haven’t heard of most of these books, but 'Guess How Much Love You,” was a favourite for years. I’m sure it’s still in the house in fact, though not read so often now!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

Anil and Honey, thanks for reading and commenting!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

Phil Plasma, the complaints were about when the mom in the story went to her grown son's house to watch him sleep. They thought it was creepy. If it were an isolated incident, like a story just about that, I'd agree that it was creepy. In the context of the rest of the book, though, it makes sense that a mom would want to make sure her son was well and safe. At the time the story was written, it wasn't common to just text your kids to see if they were okay. ;)

I'm glad you liked the list! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

randomcreative, you can never give too many "I love you" messages to your kids, right? :) Thanks for reading and commenting!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

Nell Rose, I agree: I remember the books I had growing up, and I hope my kids do the same as they grow. Hugaboo is so cute, isn't it? Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Good and a different thinks.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

I have trouble reading the Robert Munsch one; it always makes me cry. I had never heard of complaints about this story, I find it odd that someone would react in such a way.

Great list, earning you a vote-up and useful.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great suggestions! Valentine's Day is a perfect opportunity to spend some time with some extra "I love you" messages for kids.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Books are something so special, they are remembered when we grow up, and bring comfort from the night nadgers when we can't sleep, and this list is fantastic, love the huggable one!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

thebookmom,those books are great, aren't they? Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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thebookmom 4 years ago from Nebraska

Books are an awesome gift any time :) I love your collection of love related books for kids. Our favorites on your list are Hugaboo and How do Dinos say I love yOu? Both fantastic and fun reads. We haven't read Mommy loves me, can't wait to check it out. Wonderful Hub, well done!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

tammyswallow, I agree: we already have too many stuffed animals and my kids sure don't need any sugar! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great suggestions! This is such a better idea then ANOTHER stuffed animal or candy. Thanks for these wonderful ideas!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

RTalloni, don't you love bonus points, especially when we get them with our kids? :) Thanks for reading and commenting!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Oh me. A beautiful hub. Thanks much for sharing these books. Bonus points indeed.


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

missolive, I really appreciate your kindness! My kids do love to read, but that's what you get when Mommy is a bookworm! ;) Thanks so much for reading and for sharing :)


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

ThePracticalMommy - Marissa you never cease to amaze me with your simple, but lovely ideas. I'm confident your kiddos are amazing! As you know literacy is very important. You have found a great way to show love while developing their skills.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I'll be sharing your link on my blogger/blogspot

voted up!


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ThePracticalMommy 4 years ago from United States Author

nityanandagaurang, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

valentine is not only the festival of couples but kids also has right to celebrate it.the book you given for kids are very nice for then.very nice hub ThePracticalMommy

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