Reading stories to your children is a wonderful way to spend time together, and it is a great way to introduce new concepts to children. Whether it is cuddled up on the sofa, in bed feeling safe and loved, or up and about and ready to learn about life, reading offers a natural space for daily connection with children. It's always nice to have a collection of sweet and cuddly *love* books to refer to together and sharing stories together is a nice and easy way to add some extra bonding.
So, here are some of our favourite children's stories about love, shared with you this Valentine's Day.
By Diane Adams
This beautifully illustrated book tells the heartwarming story of a little girl and a duckling, who both grow to understand what it means to care for each other as they learn that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding on. It is a wonderful story that teaches about love that can come back to you one day, and is not forgotten.
Guess How Much I Love You
By Sam McBratney
This charming story is about the Little and Big Nutbrown Hares' efforts to express their love for each other has become a firm family favourite in many homes. This lovely book is one that children will ask for time and again.
Love Is You and Me
By Monica Sheehan
This very sweet book is a reminder to all who read it that love, whether between a parent and child, best friends, or even a dog and a mouse - is the greatest gift of ALL.
By David Petersen
Join Jasper the bunny on this snowy Valentines Day as he searches the forest valley for a special gift for his loved one. In this picture-book find delightful illustrations and discover a story that searches for the perfect way to say I love you.
Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You
By Nancy Tillman
Here is a book to share with your little ones, to explain that your love will be with them, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.
. . I wanted you more than you'll ever know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go. . .
I Love You Stinky face
By Lisa McCourt
Mothers love their children and this unconditional love is truly tested in 'I Love You Stinky Face'. This is a funny and reassuring tale of the love and affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of a creature he could possibly be, he is loved and nothing will change that.
By Julia Donaldson
This adorable story is about a monkey who has lost his mother and asks the help of a butterfly. His new and helpful friend keeps making a few mistakes about what his mother may look like. But little and big readers alike will be filled with love and joy when he is reunited with his parents.
The Day It Rained Hearts
By Felicia Bond
This is a sweet story to pair with any home Valentine's crafts that you may be creating with your children. The story follows a little girl who finds that on a day when it rains hearts, these hearts make perfect gifts for all she cares about. A great way to explain the importance of thoughtfulness.
I Love You the Purplest
By Barbara M. Joosse
Readers will delight in the tender message that this tale explains, that every child holds a special place in a parent's heart. As two young brothers ask their mother which one is the best at each task and, as they are being tucked into bed, which one she loves the best. A great story to share with siblings.
I Love You Through and Through
By Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak
A toddler and his teddy bear illustrate a young child's happy side, sad side, silly side, mad side, and more! A great story for very little ones and a lovely way to show love for all sides of our personalities.
We hope that you agree with us and these are some of your favourite stories about love as well, or if these are unknown tales, that you are tempted to discover some new stories all about love.
Happy Valentine's Day!