Looking for a sweet gift for your little Valentine that doesn’t include candy? Here are three fun books for kids, the perfect way to show and share your love.
Hedgehugs | by Steve Wilson, illustrated by Lucy Tapper
This book is so packed full of adorable-ness that we can’t contain ourselves. Meet Horace and Hattie, the very best of friends who love to make daisy chains and splash in puddles. The only problem is, they can’t hug each other because of their spikes – ouch! You’ll follow this pair through the seasons as they try all sorts of funny ways to hug it out without much success.
We giggled our way through this book imagining what it might feel like to hug someone covered in strawberries or snow. The ending had our kiddo in a fit of laughter and had us “aww-ing” at such a cute and sweet story. Hedgehugs is a great book about love and friendship and perseverance.
Mamasaurus | by Stephan Lomp
Little Babysaurus is lost and needs help finding his mom (aka, Mamasuarus). He enlists the help of his dino-friends and does his best to describe his mom. She may not be the fastest or the loudest in the jungle, but she always picks the very best leaves for her Babysaurus. This book is full of vibrant and beautiful illustrations and is a sweet story that will have mamas and kiddos both smiling. A great book for bedtime snuggles.
Be Mine | by Sally J Shim, photographs by Max Wanger
If you ever find yourself stumped for creating amazing and beautiful cards for Valentine’s Day, this is the book for you! With 25 different projects and a multitude of variations, you’ll have enough ideas for Valentine’s Day cards until the kiddos have all graduated! There are lots of great ideas in the book that the kids can help make, depending on their age and crafting abilities. We’ve already selected our favourites to hand out to the class, and we can’t help but think of the other applications we might use these cards, like anniversaries, birthdays, and any time we want to show some love. This is the perfect book for some Valentine’s Day crafting inspiration.
On the hunt for some more great books? Here are three more Valentine’s Day and love-themed books. We haven’t had the opportunity to read these ones yet, but they look great!
Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish | by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna
A short and sweet mini-adventure especially created to introduce the youngest guppies to the popular Pout-Pout Fish. Swim along with Mr. Fish as he shows his friends just how much he loves them.
I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love | by Nancy Tillman, illustrated by Nancy Tillman
Bestselling author and artist Nancy Tillman has created another heartfelt masterpiece celebrating the joys of imagination, and the comfort of always knowing that “you are loved.” And now, this beautiful book, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a month, is available in the ever popular board book format!
Love Is All Around Canada | by Wendi Silvano, illustrated by Joanna Czernichowska
Love is all around, if only we stop to look. It’s the voices of the children playing in the park. It’s the cheer of the crowd and animals playing at the zoo. It’s the way a mother holds her newborn child. Love is found on every corner of the neighborhood, and the greatest love of all is found in the place we call home!
Happy Valentine’s Day! We wish you love and kisses and snuggles from your favourite people. Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win three Valentine’s Day books, the Be Mine crafting book and a snuggly Polar Bear plush doll.
Books were provided by Raincoast Books for consideration.