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One of my guilty pleasures is buying (too many) children’s books! Reading to your child not only supports language & cognitive development, but also provides a wonderful opportunity for bonding.

My child certainly has his favorites that he wants me to read to him over and over again. Every month, I love to switch up the books on his shelves. The February picture books list has mostly books about friendship, love, kindness, and of course, Valentine’s Day!

Please note: My son is currently 3.5 years old, so this book selection is primarily suitable for toddlers.


The book “Under the Love Umbrella” by Davina Bell truly has it all- a beautiful message with amazing illustrations! Throughout each page we see real-life situations such as children feeling sad because of a broken toy or when their friends won’t share. I love the message that this book communicates: No matter what challenges children may face, they can always rely on the ‘love umbrella’ above them. In addition, you can actually make a game out of finding all of the hidden umbrellas on each page! [Hardcover]

crocodiles need kisses too

“Crocodiles Need Kisses Too” by Rebecca Colby is fun to read with rhyming text about prickly porcupines, roaring tigers, and slithery snakes. Even though these animals aren’t warm and cuddly, they still need lots of hugs and love! Readers will enjoy identifying all the different animals on each page and parents can help them understand how they are all displaying different forms of affection. [Hardcover]


“I Love You Too” by Ziggy Marley is based on one of Ziggy Marley’s most beloved songs titled “I Love You Too.” It is a beautifully illustrated and multicultural children’s picture book that explores various types of love young children have in their lives. This book is perfect for bedtime because of the repetitive chorus and soothing lyrical story. [Hardcover]

Bananas For You!

“Bananas for You!” story by Sabrina Moyle has bright and eye-catching illustrations. This book isn’t about bananas or fruit. Each page is a sentence about how much you are loved. The phrases are cute and funny so I recommend being extra silly when you read this book aloud to get your child to laugh. [Board Book]

Love Makes A Family

“Love Makes a Family” by Sophie Beer has colorful INCLUSIVE illustrations of modern-day families. Each page has a sentence describing what love is. Every family is different and every family demonstrates what’s important in their own lives. What makes a family? LOVE. It’s great for reading at bedtime because the book ends with a loving goodnight kiss. [Board Book]


If you enjoy “The Day the Crayons Quit” then you need “Love from the Crayons” by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers for Valentine’s Day! Each page displays a crayon color and an example of what love can be. There was some controversy over the original version because it showed a brown bear pooping, but the updated copy now has chocolate instead. The simple sentences and illustrations ultimately cover how love is present in all things, good and not so good. [Hardcover]

Words to Love By

“Words to Love By for Little Ones” written by Rick Warren has words of wisdom on every page. It illustrates real life situations and how words can be used to change the lives of those around them. This book can help open up a dialogue between you and your child about how we should be mindful of the words we use. [Board Book]

I Love You Little Pookie

“Hug Machine” by Scott Campbell is the story of a child who is super enthusiastic about giving hugs. He is the self-proclaimed ‘Hug Machine’ and he is very excited to tell everyone about it. Throughout the book he embraces a number of people, animals, and objects, proudly describing the wonders that his hugs can perform. This book is the perfect mix of silly and sweet! [Hardcover]

Little Blue Truck’s Valentine

“Little Blue Truck’s Valentine” by Alice Schertle was a little gift I gave my child for Valentine’s Day. He loves all the “Little Blue Truck” books! In this version, Blue is delivering valentine cards to all his farm animal friends. The valentines on each page are foil accents and the ending has a surprise page that can be opened. This book is also great for practicing animal sounds will your child. [Board Book]


“I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home” by Kathryn Cristaldi is full of funny illustrations and rhythmic, rhyming text. It begins with the saying “I’ll love you till the cows come home” and then continues on with other humorous phrases that express extreme love. In this book, there are yaks in Cadillacs, sheep setting sail, frogs on big-wheeled bikes, and so much more that will make your child giggle! [Hardcover]

Books and stories open up a whole new world to your child. Take the opportunity to have conversations with them about the book you are reading. Make stories fun and engaging by changing your voice and making sounds. Do you have any favorite books that you’re reading in February? Tell me about them!

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

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