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



# Books Authors Lists
24 A Chair for My Mother, Vera B. Williams Today
25 A Hug Is for Holding Me, Lisa Wheeler and Lisk Feng Today
26 All the Things I Love About You  
The Childrens Book Review
27 An Awesome Book of Love  
The Childrens Book Review
28 Baby Penguins Love Their Mama! Melissa Guion
We Are Teachers
29 Bagel in Love Natasha Wing
We Are Teachers
30 Be Who You Are!   Read Brightly
31 Because Your Daddy Loves You   Rhythms Of Play
32 Because Your Mommy Loves You   Rhythms Of Play
33 Blueberry Girl Neil Gaiman Goodreads
34 Chick ’n’ Pug: The Love Pug Jennifer Sattler
We Are Teachers
35 Daddy Cuddles   Moments A Day
36 Dear Bunny Michaela Morgan Goodreads
37 Dinosaur Kisses David Ezra Stein Goodreads
38 Elmer   Read Brightly
39 Exclamation Mark   Read Brightly
40 Falling for Rapunzel  
Nourishing My Scholar
41 Full, Full, Full of Love Trish Cooke Goodreads
42 Giraffes Can’t Dance   Read Brightly
43 Good Dog, Carl (Good Dog, Carl #1) Alexandra Day Goodreads
44 Grandpa’s Great Escape  
The Book People
45 Groggle’s Monster Valentine Diana Murray
We Are Teachers
46 Groundhug Day Anne Marie Pace
We Are Teachers
47 Hands Say Love George Shannon Goodreads
48
Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George
 
Nourishing My Scholar
49 Hello, Love! Taro Miura, $6, Amazon Today
50 Henry in Love Peter McCarty Goodreads
51 Here Comes a Kiss Stacy McCleary and David Cornish
We Are Teachers
52 Here Comes Valentine Cat Deborah Underwood
We Are Teachers
53 Homemade Love: Picture Book bell hooks Goodreads
54 Honey Baby Sugar Child Alice Faye Duncan Goodreads
55 Hug Time  
Amelia Book Company
56 Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug Eric Carle
We Are Teachers
57 Hugs from Pearl Paul Schmid Goodreads
58 I Like Me!   Read Brightly
59 I Love My Mommy Because…   Moments A Day
60 I Love Who I Am. Self-Love For Kids. J. O’Keefe Goodreads
61 I Love You All Day Long Francesca Rusackas Goodreads
62 I Love You Already! Jory John and Benji Davies Today
63
I Love You Just Like This! (Sesame Street Scribbles Elmo)
  Rhythms Of Play
64 I Love You More Padded Board Book   Rhythms Of Play
65 I love You Night and Day   Rhythms Of Play
66 I Love You the Purplest  
Nourishing My Scholar
67 I Love You To The Moon and Back Amelia Hepworth Book Store
68 I Love You! A Gift of Love and Poetry for Children Donald Verger
We Are Teachers
69 I Loved You Before You Were Born Ann Bowen Book Store
70 I Need a Hug, Aaron Blabey Today
71
I Wished for You: An Adoption Story (Marianne Richmond)
  Rhythms Of Play
72 I Would Tuck You In   Rhythms Of Play
73 I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home, Kathryn Cristaldi and Kristyna Litten Today
74 I’d Know You Anywhere My Love Nancy Tillman Book Store
75 I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home Kathryn Cristaldi
We Are Teachers
76 I’ll Never Let You Go   Rhythms Of Play
77
I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem
  Read Brightly
78 If Animals Said I Love You, Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker Today
79 If You Were My Bunny   Rhythms Of Play
80 Koala Lou Mem Fox Book Store
81 Let Me Hold You Longer   Rhythms Of Play
82 Little Ant’s Valentine S.M.R. Saia
We Are Teachers
83 Little Women  
The Book People
84 Lost and Found Oliver Jeffers Book Store
85 Love is You & Me.  
Nourishing My Scholar
86 Love Matters Most Mij Kelly
We Are Teachers
87 Love Monster and the Last Chocolate Rachel Bright
We Are Teachers
88 Love, Triangle, Marcie Colleen and Bob Shea Today
89 Love, Z, Jessie Sima Today
90 Me: A Compendium   Read Brightly
91 Mixed Me!   Read Brightly
92 More and More   Rhythms Of Play
93 More More More, Said the Baby Vera B. Williams Goodreads
94 Mr. Goat’s Valentine Eve Bunting
We Are Teachers
95 Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story Sam Lloyd Goodreads
96 My Heart, Corinna Luyken Today
97 My Sister Jodie  
The Book People
98 No Matter What  
Happy You Happy Family
99 Noughts and Crosses  
The Book People
100 Ollie’s Valentine Olivier Dunrea
We Are Teachers
101 On Mother’s Lap Ann Herbert Scott Goodreads
102 Owly Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights Andy Runton Goodreads
103 Owly Wormy, Friends All Aflutter! Andy Runton Goodreads
104 Pecan Pie Baby, Jacqueline Woodson and Sophie Blackall Today
105 Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game Candlewick Press
We Are Teachers
106 Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Love Kimberly and James Dean
We Are Teachers
107 Plant a Kiss Amy Krouse Rosenthal Goodreads
108 Red: A Crayon’s Story   Read Brightly
109 Robot in Love, T.L. McBeth Today
110 Silly Wonderful You  
Happy You Happy Family
111 Slugs in Love Susan Pearson Goodreads
112 Smitten David Gordon Goodreads
113 Snowy Valentine  
Nourishing My Scholar
114 Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch  
Nourishing My Scholar
115 Sometimes…  
The Book People
116 Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon   Read Brightly
117 Stephanie’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
120 That’s Me Loving You  
Happy You Happy Family
121 The Arrival Shaun Tan Goodreads
122 The Colors of Us   Read Brightly
123 The Day it Rained Hearts  
Nourishing My Scholar
124 The Fault in Our Stars  
The Book People
125 The Giving Tree  
Amelia Book Company
126 The Kissing Hand Audrey Penn Goodreads
127 The Littlest Things Give the Loveliest Hugs, Mark Sperring and Maddie Frost Today
128 The Name Jar   Read Brightly
129 The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story Nancy Rose
We Are Teachers
130 The Sneetches and Other Stories   Read Brightly
131 The Things I Love About Me   Read Brightly
132 The Very Fairy Princess: Valentines from the Heart Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
We Are Teachers
133 The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever Brenda A. Ferber
We Are Teachers
134 Valensteins Ethan Long
We Are Teachers
135 Valentine’s Day Jokes for Kids: A Valentine’s Day Book for Children Chrissy Voeg
We Are Teachers
136 War Horse  
The Book People
137 What the World Needs Now Is Love Burt Bacharach and Hal David
We Are Teachers
138 What Wonderful Things You Will Be  
Happy You Happy Family
139 When an Elephant Falls in Love Davide Cali
We Are Teachers
140 When I Feel Good About Myself   Read Brightly
141
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Follow
 
The Childrens Book Review
142 Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? Joanne Ryder and Melissa Sweet Today
143 Woof: A Love Story Sarah Weeks Goodreads
144 Words and Your Heart, Kate Jane Neal Today
145 Worm Loves Worm J.J. Austrian
We Are Teachers
146 XO, OX: A Love Story, Adam Rex and Scott Campbell Today
147 You Are My Heart   Rhythms Of Play
148 You Are My Sunshine, Sandra Magsamen Today
149 You Are My Wish Come True   Rhythms Of Play
150 You Made Me a Mother  
Happy You Happy Family
151 You’re All Kinds of Wonderful, Nancy Tillman Today
152 You’re All My Favorites  
Happy You Happy Family
153 You’re Here for a Reason   Read Brightly
154 You’re Lovable to Me  
Nourishing My Scholar


12 Best Love Children’s Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
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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