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It just thrills me that Valentine’s Day is also International Book Giving Day! Why?

Because nothing says “I love you” like a well-chosen book.

Here are my top recommendations for books to say I love you to your kids this Valentine’s Day or any day:


All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adlerย is one of my all-time favorite board books! It’s a sweet, fun, rhyming read for your baby or toddler.


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox is another sweet book for babies and toddler. It shows babies from around the world who each have “ten little fingers and ten little toes” and concludes with the special baby who is “mine all mine.”


Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton is a sweet little book to sing to your child. And, yes, you really must sing it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is a classic. If you don’t have this book yet, this is the one you need to get. Stop reading this post and buy it now.


Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman is a beautiful poem about a parent’s love for their child. The enhanced photo illustrations are magical.


The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown is another classic that you need on your shelf about a mother’s love for her child.


You’re All My Favorite by Sam McBratney is by the author of Guess How Much I Love You. What makes this book special is how it explains the way that each child can be their parents’ favorite at the same time.


The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a perfect metaphor for the giving nature of a parent’s love. Your kids will look at you like you are crazy when you sob through this book. But it’s still so worth reading.


Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is one is a series of books where Rosenthal uses cookies to describe character traits. This is a sweet book for helping kids understand concepts like adore or tenderness. Plus there’s a cookie recipe in the back.


The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin is a sweet book about a parent’s hopes for their child. I wrote about it in an earlier post HERE.


I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a sweet book of well-wishes and would make a beautiful gift from a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle since it’s not written specifically from a parent’s perspective.

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