I got a little lazy this month and never actually picked a theme for our preschool. So by default, we’re reading tons of books about love while doing some awesome sauce Valentine’s learning activities.
While there are tons of amazing children’s books about love, these have been our favorite this month. (I’m sure I’ll wake up tomorrow morning, kicking myself for forgetting some of our favorites.)
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In no particular order…
I Love You, Too! by Michael Foreman This is a sweet book that I think is based on my life story, or at least every night when I’m trying to get the kids to bed. The little boy in this book goes on and on about how much he loves his dad until the dad falls asleep in the little boy’s bed. Super cute!
I Carry Your Heart With Me by by E. E. Cummings and Mati Rose McDonough The lovely poetry of E. E. Cummings surrounded by striking illustrations. It was wordy but beautiful. Great for exposing young kids to poetry.
I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse When a mother is asked which son she loves the most, her answer is perfectly unique to each boy. My boys really loved this one, I guess they could relate to the family dynamics!
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney This book is a classic for a reason. A little bunny tries to tell his father how much he loves him while the father keeps doing him one better. You’ll love this book “right up to the moon and back.”
Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse Another book by Ms. Joosee takes the reader to the plains of Kenya. In it, a loving father explains to his son that he will love him and teach him in good times and bad. It portrays such an awesome relationship between father and son.
God Gave Us Love by Lisa T. Bergren When a little bear doesn’t want to love others, his grandpa takes him aside and teaches him why it’s so important. I especially loved that it talked about the ultimate love any of us have ever been shown, God’s love.
I Love You Because You’re You by Liza Baker A mother affirms to her son that she’ll love him no matter what! When he’s sweet, and when he’s a grump, when he’s brave, he can count on an unconditional love. This one has a special place in my heart because my mom gave it to me when I moved away for college. (Yes college. Stop laughing at me!)
I Love You Near and Far by Marjorie Blain Parker Great book about loving family and friends that live far away, whether it be grandma across the country or a dad overseas in the military.
Love Monster by Rachel Bright This book affirms that you’ll often find love when you least expect it. The illustrations are super cool and the plot is quit humorous!
Don’t Forget I Love You by Miriam Moss The little family in the book has a rough morning trying to get out the door. But despite the hoopla, the little cub can rest assured that he’s loved. I love that this book was true to life. Sometimes we mommies lose our patience, but we’ll always love our kids.
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman This is probably my favorite from the list. The writing is poignant and comforting. The illustrations are magical and captivating. I wish I could stop reading and just soak up the gorgeous images.
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Don’t forget to supplement these great books about love with some super awesome Valentine’s Day learning activities!