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The Best Children’s Books About Love

“What are the best Children’s books about Love ?” We looked at 154 of the top Kids Love books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 23 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Love ” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 23 Best Children’s Books About Love



23 .) Dear Girl written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal and Holly Hatam

Dear Girl

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Childrens Book Review
  • Today

Encourages readers to accept and love themselves as they are and advises them to be confident, curious, adaptable, and willing to speak up.



22 .) Hug Machine written by Scott Campbell

Hug Machine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • We Are Teachers

The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft.



21 .) I Love You Because You’re You written by Liza Baker

I Love You Because You’re You

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amelia Book Company
  • Moments A Day

Describes, in rhyming text and illustrations, a mother’s love for her little fox child –no matter how he feels or what he does.



20 .) I Love You Through and Through written by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

I Love You Through and Through

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Rhythms Of Play

A toddler and his teddy bear reveal a young child’s happy side, sad side, silly side, mad side, and more, in an affirming declaration of love that has sturdy cardstock pages and a padded cover with rounded.



19 .) If I Could Keep You Little written by Marianne R. Richmond

If I Could Keep You Little

Lists It Appears On:

  • Happy You Happy Family
  • Rhythms Of Play

A mother dreams about keeping her child young, but realizes that she would miss important milestones in her child’s life.



18 .) If Kisses Were Colors written by Janet Lawler

If Kisses Were Colors

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amelia Book Company
  • Moments A Day

A parent describes kisses in many different ways, all of which express love for baby.



17 .) Love Monster written by Rachel Bright

Love Monster

Lists It Appears On:

  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • The Book People

Everyone loves cute, fluffy things. You know, like kittens and bunnies and puppies. But nobody loves a slightly hairy, I-suppose-a-bit-googly-eyed monster…do they? A heart-tingling, let’s-cuddle-up-together story about how sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you.…



16 .) Love You Forever written by Robert Munsch

Love You Forever

Lists It Appears On:

  • Moments A Day
  • Rhythms Of Play

As her son grows up from little boy to adult man, a mother secretly rocks him each night as he sleeps.



15 .) Love, Mama written by Jeanette Bradley

Love, Mama

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Today

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley’s debut picture book is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother’s love.



14 .) The Runaway Bunny written by Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rhythms Of Play
  • The Childrens Book Review

A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.



13 .) The Wonderful Things You Will Be written by Emily Winfield Martin

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

Lists It Appears On:

  • Rhythms Of Play
  • The Childrens Book Review

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a parent’s musings about what a child will become, knowing that the child’s kindness, cleverness, and boldness will shine through no matter what, as will the love they share.



12 .) This Is Not a Valentine written by Carter Higgins and Lucy Ruth Cummins

This Is Not a Valentine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Today
  • We Are Teachers

This book is not a valentine. It doesn’t have lacey edges or sugary hearts. But it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. This is a book about waiting in line and wishing for cinnamon buns. About recognizing that if you care so much about someone not thinking you care, maybe you really do. But wait—isn’t that exactly what love is about?



11 .) Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You written by Nancy Tillman

Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You

Lists It Appears On:

  • Moments A Day
  • Rhythms Of Play

Children feel the reassuring love of their parents no matter where they go or what they do.



10 .) I Love You, Stinky Face written by Lisa McCourt

I Love You, Stinky Face

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play

A mother and child discuss how the mother’s love would remain constant even if her child were a stinky skunk, scary ape, or bug-eating green alien.



9 .) I Wish You More written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

I Wish You More

Lists It Appears On:

  • Happy You Happy Family
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Today

In simple text and pictures, the author and illustrator create a compendium of small daily moments.



8 .) Love written by Matt de la Peña and Loren Long

Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Store
  • The Childrens Book Review
  • Today

Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all.



7 .) Love Is written by Diane Adams and Claire Keane

Love Is

Lists It Appears On:

  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Today
  • We Are Teachers

A girl finds a baby duckling, and discovers that love is taking care of something that needs you, and also knowing when to let it go.



6 .) Someday written by Alison Mcghee

Someday

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Store
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • The Childrens Book Review

A mother’s love leads to a mother’s dream — every mother’s dream — for her child to live life to its fullest. A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life, Someday is the book you’ll want to share with someone else…today. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Graduation Day or Any Day – share a copy with every special person in your life.



5 .) Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes written by Mem Fox

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Store
  • Happy You Happy Family
  • Moments A Day

Rhyming text compares babies born in different places and in different circumstances, but they all share the commonality of ten little fingers and ten little toes.



4 .) The Big Book of Love written by Trace Moroney

The Big Book of Love

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amelia Book Company
  • Moments A Day
  • The Book People

There are so many people and things I love. My Mum and Dad, my friends, a special treat– or just a big hug. This delightfully illustrated book introduces children to different aspects of love– from both the giving and receiving end. A special page for parents is included at the back



3 .) The I LOVE YOU Book written by Todd Parr

The I LOVE YOU Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Happy You Happy Family
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • Today

Celebrates the love one person has for another, whether they are dancing or strolling, on snowy days and sunny ones, no matter what.



2 .) Mama, Do You Love Me? written by Barbara M. Joosse

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Store
  • Goodreads
  • Nourishing My Scholar
  • Rhythms Of Play

A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother’s love is unconditional.



1 .) Guess How Much I Love You written by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You

Lists It Appears On:

  • Amelia Book Company
  • Book Store
  • Goodreads
  • Moments A Day
  • Rhythms Of Play
  • The Book People
  • The Childrens Book Review

During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.




The 125+ Additional Best Kids Books About Or Featuring Love



#BooksAuthorsLists
24A Chair for My Mother,Vera B. WilliamsToday
25A Hug Is for Holding Me,Lisa Wheeler and Lisk FengToday
26All the Things I Love About You 
The Childrens Book Review
27An Awesome Book of Love 
The Childrens Book Review
28Baby Penguins Love Their Mama!Melissa Guion
We Are Teachers
29Bagel in LoveNatasha Wing
We Are Teachers
30Be Who You Are! Read Brightly
31Because Your Daddy Loves You Rhythms Of Play
32Because Your Mommy Loves You Rhythms Of Play
33Blueberry GirlNeil GaimanGoodreads
34Chick ’n’ Pug: The Love PugJennifer Sattler
We Are Teachers
35Daddy Cuddles Moments A Day
36Dear BunnyMichaela MorganGoodreads
37Dinosaur KissesDavid Ezra SteinGoodreads
38Elmer Read Brightly
39Exclamation Mark Read Brightly
40Falling for Rapunzel 
Nourishing My Scholar
41Full, Full, Full of LoveTrish CookeGoodreads
42Giraffes Can’t Dance Read Brightly
43Good Dog, Carl (Good Dog, Carl #1)Alexandra DayGoodreads
44Grandpa’s Great Escape 
The Book People
45Groggle’s Monster ValentineDiana Murray
We Are Teachers
46Groundhug DayAnne Marie Pace
We Are Teachers
47Hands Say LoveGeorge ShannonGoodreads
48
Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George
 
Nourishing My Scholar
49Hello, Love!Taro Miura, $6, AmazonToday
50Henry in LovePeter McCartyGoodreads
51Here Comes a KissStacy McCleary and David Cornish
We Are Teachers
52Here Comes Valentine CatDeborah Underwood
We Are Teachers
53Homemade Love: Picture Bookbell hooksGoodreads
54Honey Baby Sugar ChildAlice Faye DuncanGoodreads
55Hug Time 
Amelia Book Company
56Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy LadybugEric Carle
We Are Teachers
57Hugs from PearlPaul SchmidGoodreads
58I Like Me! Read Brightly
59I Love My Mommy Because… Moments A Day
60I Love Who I Am. Self-Love For Kids.J. O’KeefeGoodreads
61I Love You All Day LongFrancesca RusackasGoodreads
62I Love You Already!Jory John and Benji DaviesToday
63
I Love You Just Like This! (Sesame Street Scribbles Elmo)
 Rhythms Of Play
64I Love You More Padded Board Book Rhythms Of Play
65I love You Night and Day Rhythms Of Play
66I Love You the Purplest 
Nourishing My Scholar
67I Love You To The Moon and BackAmelia HepworthBook Store
68I Love You! A Gift of Love and Poetry for ChildrenDonald Verger
We Are Teachers
69I Loved You Before You Were BornAnn BowenBook Store
70I Need a Hug,Aaron BlabeyToday
71
I Wished for You: An Adoption Story (Marianne Richmond)
 Rhythms Of Play
72I Would Tuck You In Rhythms Of Play
73I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home,Kathryn Cristaldi and Kristyna LittenToday
74I’d Know You Anywhere My LoveNancy TillmanBook Store
75I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come HomeKathryn Cristaldi
We Are Teachers
76I’ll Never Let You Go Rhythms Of Play
77
I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem
 Read Brightly
78If Animals Said I Love You,Ann Whitford Paul and David WalkerToday
79If You Were My Bunny Rhythms Of Play
80Koala LouMem FoxBook Store
81Let Me Hold You Longer Rhythms Of Play
82Little Ant’s ValentineS.M.R. Saia
We Are Teachers
83Little Women 
The Book People
84Lost and FoundOliver JeffersBook Store
85Love is You & Me. 
Nourishing My Scholar
86Love Matters MostMij Kelly
We Are Teachers
87Love Monster and the Last ChocolateRachel Bright
We Are Teachers
88Love, Triangle,Marcie Colleen and Bob SheaToday
89Love, Z,Jessie SimaToday
90Me: A Compendium Read Brightly
91Mixed Me! Read Brightly
92More and More Rhythms Of Play
93More More More, Said the BabyVera B. WilliamsGoodreads
94Mr. Goat’s ValentineEve Bunting
We Are Teachers
95Mr. Pusskins: A Love StorySam LloydGoodreads
96My Heart,Corinna LuykenToday
97My Sister Jodie 
The Book People
98No Matter What 
Happy You Happy Family
99Noughts and Crosses 
The Book People
100Ollie’s ValentineOlivier Dunrea
We Are Teachers
101On Mother’s LapAnn Herbert ScottGoodreads
102Owly Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry NightsAndy RuntonGoodreads
103Owly Wormy, Friends All Aflutter!Andy RuntonGoodreads
104Pecan Pie Baby,Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie BlackallToday
105Peppa Pig and the I Love You GameCandlewick Press
We Are Teachers
106Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to LoveKimberly and James Dean
We Are Teachers
107Plant a KissAmy Krouse RosenthalGoodreads
108Red: A Crayon’s Story Read Brightly
109Robot in Love,T.L. McBethToday
110Silly Wonderful You 
Happy You Happy Family
111Slugs in LoveSusan PearsonGoodreads
112SmittenDavid GordonGoodreads
113Snowy Valentine 
Nourishing My Scholar
114Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch 
Nourishing My Scholar
115Sometimes… 
The Book People
116Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon Read Brightly
117Stephanie’s Ponytail Read Brightly
118
Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love
 
The Childrens Book Review
119
Te Amo / I Love You: Bilingual Spanish English Edition (Spanish Edition)
 Rhythms Of Play
120That’s Me Loving You 
Happy You Happy Family
121The ArrivalShaun TanGoodreads
122The Colors of Us Read Brightly
123The Day it Rained Hearts 
Nourishing My Scholar
124The Fault in Our Stars 
The Book People
125The Giving Tree 
Amelia Book Company
126The Kissing HandAudrey PennGoodreads
127The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs,Mark Sperring and Maddie FrostToday
128The Name Jar Read Brightly
129The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love StoryNancy Rose
We Are Teachers
130The Sneetches and Other Stories Read Brightly
131The Things I Love About Me Read Brightly
132The Very Fairy Princess: Valentines from the HeartJulie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
We Are Teachers
133The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine EverBrenda A. Ferber
We Are Teachers
134ValensteinsEthan Long
We Are Teachers
135Valentine’s Day Jokes for Kids: A Valentine’s Day Book for ChildrenChrissy Voeg
We Are Teachers
136War Horse 
The Book People
137What the World Needs Now Is LoveBurt Bacharach and Hal David
We Are Teachers
138What Wonderful Things You Will Be 
Happy You Happy Family
139When an Elephant Falls in LoveDavide Cali
We Are Teachers
140When I Feel Good About Myself Read Brightly
141
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Follow
 
The Childrens Book Review
142Won’t You Be My Kissaroo?Joanne Ryder and Melissa SweetToday
143Woof: A Love StorySarah WeeksGoodreads
144Words and Your Heart,Kate Jane NealToday
145Worm Loves WormJ.J. Austrian
We Are Teachers
146XO, OX: A Love Story,Adam Rex and Scott CampbellToday
147You Are My Heart Rhythms Of Play
148You Are My Sunshine,Sandra MagsamenToday
149You Are My Wish Come True Rhythms Of Play
150You Made Me a Mother 
Happy You Happy Family
151You’re All Kinds of Wonderful,Nancy TillmanToday
152You’re All My Favorites 
Happy You Happy Family
153You’re Here for a Reason Read Brightly
154You’re Lovable to Me 
Nourishing My Scholar


12 Best Love Children’s Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Amelia Book Company 7 of the Best Children’s Books about Love that Inspire You to Write
Book Store 10 Best Children’s Books About Love
Goodreads Best Children’s Picture Books About Love
Happy You Happy Family 10 best picture books about love that will make your kids feel treasured
Moments A Day 10 Of The Best Children’s Books About Love
Nourishing My Scholar 12 Children’s Books about Love
Read Brightly Books That Help Kids Know and Love Themselves
Rhythms Of Play Kids Books About Love Between Parent and Child
The Book People Top 10 Best Children’s Books About Love
The Childrens Book Review Ten Kids Picture Books About Unconditional Love
Today The best Valentine’s Day children’s books 2019
We Are Teachers 32 Children’s Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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