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10 Great Valentine Read Alouds (Favorite Books Friday)

Leah Courtney
Valentine's Day is a day that is often hyped among kids of all ages. Who doesn't love getting cards and candy? As my kids have gotten older, they aren't as excited about some of the holiday hype, but they still love the opportunity to be with friends and, of course, there's the candy.

Because I love books, Valentine's Day for me is another awesome opportunity to find new books and to enjoy Valentine's Day reads as well as learn some history that surrounds the holiday. Here are ten great read alouds that you can check out this Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day read aloud books
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The Story of Valentine's Day by Clyde Robert Bulla- This picture book for kindergarten and early elementary aged kids goes beyond the frilly valentines and candy to tell kids the story behind the holiday. Who was St. Valentine? And how did Valentine's Day get started anyway?

Children's books for Valentine's Day

St. Valentine by Robert Sabuda- The story of St. Valentine is told in a beautiful picture book for elementary aged kids that uses Christian art mosaics as illustrations.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

The Story of St. Valentine: More Than Cards and Candied Hearts- The Voice of the Martyrs publishes this picture book for elementary aged kids. Kids can read the story of St. Valentine, the martyr for whom Valentine's Day is named.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

The Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson- This cute picture book for elementary kids takes the song "Clementine" and rewrites it with the story of Valentine and her secret admirer.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool by James and Kimberly Dean- I love Pete the Cat. In this picture book he's convinced that Valentine's Day is not cool, but he soon learns differently when he realizes that he has lots of special cats in his life.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff- Everyone's favorite mouse is here to celebrate Valentine's Day in this cute picture book.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

Love, From the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle- I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and he's celebrating Valentine's Day in this book for very young kids.
Children's books for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer- Little Critter is another one of my very favorite characters, and he's celebrating Valentine's Day with a special valentine for a special someone. This is a cute lift-the-flap book for little ones.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

Olivia and the Perfect Valentine by Natalie Shaw- Olivia is an adorable pig who's always up to something. Of course, she's all in to celebrating Valentine's Day.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney- Okay, this isn't technically a "Valentine's Day" book. But it is a book about the awesome love between a parent and a child, and it's a great one to share with little ones for Valentine's Day.

Children's books for Valentine's Day

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.


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