When we think of love, we think of romance, but love is all around us in our everyday lives. From the hug of a child to the joy a pet can give, there are many forms of love that are worth honouring and celebrating. Here are ten (child-friendly!) books to read with your loved ones this Valentine’s!
There is no happy ending in this book, because it is right in the middle! This clever book can be read from both ways, meeting in the middle when a prickly hedgehog in need of a hug finally meets its match. An unconventional love story about finding that special someone that is also appropriate for children.
Sam McBratney, author of Guess How Much I Love You, creates another classic with this book featuring three little bears who wonder: How can they ALL be the most wonderful baby bears in the whole wide world? Mummies and daddies dealing with this tricky question, take note.
Look no further for the perfect bedtime story and lullaby book; it is impossible to read this delightful picture book without breaking out in song! The inclusive illustrations feature families of all orientations and adult readers will get a kick spotting Elvis references.
Rhyming verses and colourful illustrations of animals and nature scenes make this picture book engaging for budding readers. This is really an ode to the depths of a parent’s love.
The universal bond between parent and child gets beautifully illustrated in this picture book. Tuck your little one in bed and get cosy as you meet cute animals and their babies. The book’s simple rhyming and repeating verses are sure to captivate your child and is perfect for novice readers.
A simple story about a little tree who loved a little boy, this is a poignant parable about Love’s infinite capacity to give and forgive. Readers of all ages will find something to appreciate in the Shel Silverstein classic.
For pet lovers
This little collection of poems is simple but sure to resonate with anyone who has ever had their hearts occupied by a four-legged friend. Patrick McDonnell’s adorable illustrations add a touch of whimsy and are sure to put a smile on your face.
All pet parents with a naughty little furry rascal will be nodding along and smiling with this book that celebrates the relationships that literally transcend words.
For the parents
A small smile, a light touch… it does not take much to express your love when they already know. Bust out this book for a loud expression of love and let your beloved know that underneath the little things is a great love that you harbour. You know you have someone with a sense of humour when they laugh along.