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Books for every Valentine in Your Life

Books make the best gifts and gifting books on Valentine’s Day is a perfect idea! What we love most about gifting books is that books go great with any other gift item you might have – tea, wine, chocolate, candy, jewelry, flowers, stuffed animals…am I right?! So we have curated a list of Valentine’s Day gifts for all ages, including your littlest Valentine.

Selecting ‘the right book’ can be a challenge, so we always recommend gifting a book that you love personally. Because when you share a book you love, you are sharing an intimate part of yourself. So, if you don’t find the perfect book on this list, think about the books that you couldn’t put down and the ones that have stayed with you. Another idea is to find a book that the two of you can read together.

So here are TWENTY books for every Valentine in your life!

Books for Your Littlest Valentine

Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

 

Guess How Much I Love by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram

The cherished story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare as they playfully vie to express their love for each other has been a favorite of children around the globe for nearly thirty years. It’s available in a beautifully designed big board book to share over and over again.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.

 

Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna

Swim along with Mr. Fish as he shows his friends just how much he loves them.

 

Whooo Loves You? by Sandra Magsamen

Now with refreshed art, this bestselling interactive novelty format features a plush owl on the cover and sturdy lift-the-flaps on each spread. The combination of heartfelt messages and a sweet game of peek-a-boo is sure to make little ones giggle at all of the adorable surprises, and they will be delighted by the reminder of whooo loves them the most of all!

Chapter Books for Valentine's Day

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus

Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! February 14—Valentime’s Day, as Junie B. calls it—is just around the corner. Junie B. can’t wait to see all the valentimes she’ll get. But she never expected a big, mushy card from a secret admirer! Who is this secret mystery guy, anyway? Junie B. is determined to find out.

 

Calendar Mysteries #2: February Friend by Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney

In the second book of the Calendar Mysteries—an early chapter book mystery series —it’s a Valentine’s Day party! Bradley is passing out his class’s valentines, but one of them has no name on it. Inside, the card tells the class to look in the closet. When they open the closet door, the kids find a rabbit named Douglas in a cage! What mysterious “friend” left him there? And why? Then the bunny gets sick. It’s up to Bradley, Brian, Lucy, and Nate to track down his owner and figure out what is wrong with poor little Douglas.

 

My Weird School Special: Oh, Valentine, We’ve Lost Our Minds! by Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot

It’s the week of Valentine’s Day, and A.J.’s class is getting a foreign exchange student! His name is Pierre, and he’s from France. But what happens when Pierre challenges A.J. to a duel (or at least a thumb war) over Andrea? One thing’s for sure: when L-O-V-E comes to Ella Mentry, it spells the weirdest Valentine’s Day story in the history of the world!

 

A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #8: Secret Admirer by Ron Roy, John Steven Gurney

It’s Valentine’s Day in Green Lawn! But Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose just aren’t feeling the love this year. Valentine’s Day was so much more fun when they were little. Then they each start getting messages and clues from a secret admirer! Can the kids figure out who wants to be their Valentine?

 

Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell

It’s the biggest dance of the year and Nikki Maxwell is hoping her crush, Brandon, wants to be her date. But time is running out. What if he doesn’t want to go with her? Or worse—what if he ends up going with MacKenzie?!!

Young Adult Romance

The To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Paperback Collection: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before; P.S. I Still Love You; Always and Forever by Lara Jean

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

 

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

 

A Love Hate Thing by Whitney D. Grandison

When they’re stuck under one roof, the house may not be big enough for their hate…or their love.

 

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

A book about the power of love and resistance.

 

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

This is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect.

Valentines, Galentines, Palentines

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters (the two she put to work while they were still in utero) cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s best-loved novel is an unforgettable story about the inaccuracy of first impressions, the power of reason, and above all the strange dynamics of human relationships and emotions.

 

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

This novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

With their father away at war, and their loving mother Marmee working to support the family, the four sisters have to rely on one another for support as they endure the hardships of wartime and poverty. We witness the sisters growing up and figuring out what role each wants to play in the world, and, along the way, join them on countless unforgettable adventures.

 

The Collected Poems of Emily Dickenson

Only a handful of her 1,775 poems had been published during her lifetime. When her poems finally appeared after her death, readers immediately recognized an artist whose immense depth and stylistic complexities would one day make her the most widely recognized female poet to write in the English language.

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