6 Picture Books About Love | Valentine’s Day Special

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Written by Emma (Teach Starter)

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us yet again! This special day provides a great opportunity for you to engage in meaningful, heart-swelling activities with your students.

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While you’re busy cutting out love hearts, making cards, and talking to your class about all the things they love, why not take the time to read a story?

We’ve put together a list of 6 picture books about love that will help you do just that. These books are beautifully illustrated, matched only by the special messages they each have inside them.

Picture Books About Love - Valentine's-Day-Picture-Books

There’s nothing better than reading a story about the love you have for your friends, your family, or even for yourself. Reading a storybook is a great way to teach students about feelings such as love and appreciation! Read on for some touching stories that will make your Valentine’s Day really special.


Our Favourite Picture Books About Love

This selection of picture books will feel like a warm hug to you and your students! Reading them will have you grinning ear to ear, and getting ALL the warm fuzzies. From a variety of talented authors, these picture books about love focus on many different things – what it means to be loved, how nice it is to feel loved, and why showing appreciation and love to those around us can make the world a better place.


Love Makes a Family

Author: Sophie Beer
Year: 2018

Picture Books About Valentine's Day - Love Makes a Family

Love Makes a Family is a beautiful book that celebrates the idea that families come in all shapes and sizes. What’s important in a family is not who it is made up by, but rather the LOVE that is found within it.

“Love is… lending a helping hand.”

An easy book read, this lovely children’s book is the perfect conversation starter for your classroom! Why not have a class discussion about how many people each of your students have in their families? You can extend this idea by using this information to create a family crest or family tree to display in your classroom so your students can feel the family love all year round!


When I’m Feeling Love

Author: Trace Moroney
Year: 2018

Picture Books About Valentine's Day - When I'm Feeling Love

This cute picture book by Trace Moroney is a wonderful way to teach students about the feelings of loving someone and being loved by someone.

Why not use this book as a prompt for a lovely activity? Print out our Love Heart Template and ask your students to fill it with all the things that make them feel love!

When I'm Feeling Love

The end of the book provides some great discussion prompts for this activity:

  • Describe what love means to you.
  • Name some people and pets that you love.
  • What are some things that you really love about being you?
  • What are some things you love to do?

Koala-Lou

Author: Mem Fox
Year: 1991

Picture Books About Valentine's Day - Koala Lou

This beautiful classic story is about motherly love, and how important it is to a child.

“But it was her mother who loved her most of all. A hundred times a day she would laugh and shake her head and say, ‘Koala Lou, I DO love you!'”

Whether it’s a mother or a father, your students will have a special person who makes them feel more loved than anyone else. Encourage your students to think about this special person and create a valentine’s day card for them!

Love You to Pieces - Valentine's Day Activities

Read more about some amazing Valentine’s Day craft ideas in our blog The Best Valentine’s Day Craft Activities for Kids.


The Invisible String

Author: Patrice Karst
Year: 2018

Picture Books About Love - The Invisible String

Read this book to teach your students all about The Invisible String which links us to everyone around the world who we love and who loves us.

This is a wonderful book to read to help students who may have loved ones far away.

Your students will love the opportunity to send a letter to someone they are attached to by an invisible thing! Why not ask them to put together a letter (or even a care package!) using our Letter Writing Template for someone they love who lives far away?

Invisible String Letter to a Loved One


Thelma the Unicorn

Author: Aaron Blabey
Year: 2017

Picture Books About Love - Thelma the Unicorn

Poor Thelma is feeling a little sad… she wants nothing more than to be a unicorn!

This wonderful picture book is about one of the best kinds of love – loving yourself as you are! Read along with the author, Aaron Blabey, as Thelma realises that being herself is the best thing to be.

This picture book lends itself to activities about feelings, discovery and loving yourself. Why not complete our Making Inferences – Characters Feelings worksheet – then ask your students to think about all the things they love about themselves.

Thelma the Unicorn Worksheet


What the World Needs Now Is Love

Author: Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Year: 2018

Picture Books About Valentine's Day - What the World Needs Now is Love

We all know the beloved song! Now you have the book to share the special message of love with your whole class. With its stunning illustrations and soothing lyrics, this book is perfect to end our list of picture books about love.

Your students will love learning about the importance of love, and why it is so crucial to making the world a better place.

Study and learn the song to give a concert to the rest of the school at lunchtime and spread the love! What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your class?


For more amazing Valentine’s Day activities, read our blog 11 Valentine’s Day Activities Your Class Will Love!

Or check out our Valentine’s Day Teaching Resources for more great lesson ideas.

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