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Books about love for Valentine’s Day

Ah, love is in the air. Just keep it masked, socially distant, and send Valentines. And read these books.


See, Touch, Feel: Love, by Roger Priddy, (Nov. 2020, Priddy Books), $7.99, ISBN: 9781684490820

Ages 0-3

This adorable Priddy book is a perfectly snuggle-able book for Valentine’s Day and beyond! Photos of snuggly babies, puppies and kittens pair with illustrations and artwork for a rhyming story of love. Textures bring the pages to life, and the handprint artwork is a great inspiration for little Kiddos: make your own flamingos and elephants, or fingerpaint your own shooting star! Read, snuggle, and repeat.

Visit the Priddy Books downloads webpage for printable pictures, puzzles, and early learning resources.


The Boy Who Loved Everyone by Jane Porter/Illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring, (Jan. 2021, Candlewick Press), $16.99, ISBN: 9781536211238

Ages 3-6

Preschooler Dimitri has a lot of love to give. “I love you”, he tells his friends at preschool. “I love you”, he tells the trees, ants, class guinea pig, paintbrushes, cafeteria lady, and his teacher. He even tells the old man on the park bench that he loves him, but no one tells him they love him back, which hurts his feelings until his mother tells him that people have different ways of showing how they feel: the man on the park bench feeds stray cats, for instance. When he sees his friends the next day, his kindness is returned by his friends and his teacher, who tells the whole class that she loves them. A tender story that will resonate with sensitive and emotional children, The Boy Who Loved Everyone is a solid addition to socio-emotional learning books. Mixed media artwork shows a group of children with different shades of skin color; colors are vibrant and warm.

The Boy Who Loved Everyone has a starred review from Publishers Weekly.


I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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