With these affirming picture books, every day will feel like Valentine’s Day for young readers. Help kids find their picture-perfect book-mate with our selections celebrating the most affectionate day of the year.

10 Things I Love About You!

Danielle McLean, illus. by Grace Habib. Tiger Tales, $12.99 (22p) ISBN 978-1-66435-037-3. Ages 2–5.

A child tells their parents all the ways they love them in this comforting volume.


The Catalogue of Hugs

Joshua David Stein and Augustus Heeren Stein, illus. by Elizabeth Lilly. Rise x Penguin Workshop, $16.99 (56p) ISBN 978-0-593-52179-3. Ages 2–5.

Readers can find a variety of ways to show affection through different kinds of hugs.


Cozy in Love

Jan Brett. Putnam, $19.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-10985-4. Ages 4–8.

A woolly musk ox hopes to win the attention of an ox cow he has a crush on.


First Valentine

Kallie George, illus. by Joelle Murray. Cartwheel, $7.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-338-80393-8. Ages 3–5.

For their first Valentine’s Day, a Black child attempts to create the perfect DIY valentine.


I Love You Like

Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar. Chronicle, $9.95 (60p) ISBN 978-1-79721-007-0. All ages.

In rhymed pairings, this book’s various speakers compare their loved one to cherished plants, animals, and objects.


I Love You Little, I Love You Lots

Douglas Wood, illus. by G. Brian Karas. Scholastic Press, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-545-44193-3. Ages 3–5.

A dog and cat try to prove who loves the other most through proclamations of their immense love.


Little Hearts: Finding Hearts in Nature

Charles Ghigna, illus. by Jacqueline East. Red Comet, $17.99 (36p) ISBN 978-1-63655-030-5. Ages 3–6.

A group of animal friends spot all the small designations of love out in nature.


Love Birds

Jane Yolen, illus. by Anna Wilson. Cameron Kids, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-951836-40-5. Ages 4–8.

A shared love of birds brings two children together.


The Mystery of the Love List

Sarah Glenn Marsh, illus. by Ishaa Lobo. Viking, $18.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-35221-2. Ages 3–7.

Pippa the porcupine attempts to uncover her mystery Valentine.