Help your child love books this Valentine's Day

Published on: 10 February 2016 Author: Kate Hancock

Like it or loathe it, Valentine's is just around the corner - so why not use the day to celebrate love a bit differently, says mum Kate Hancock...

Love is in the air! With all the pink hearts and cupids around, you might have noticed that Valentine's Day is nearly here.

The traditional image of the day is all romance and candlelit dining - but Valentine's Day also gives mum or dad a great excuse to cuddle up with the little ones.

While you're having that bonding time, why not grab the chance to read some LOVEly books together (see what I did there)?

Help your child love books this Valentine's Day

Make some reading time

'Reading is a great way to spend time together. It shows the children in your life just how much you care about them.'

Here are a few tips to get the most out of that snuggle:

  • Pick a good time: Make sure you read together when nobody feels rushed or under pressure to get something else done. Bedtime works well for lots of families - but it can be any time that suits you.
  • Remove distractions: Turn off the TV or laptop and put your phone on silent. Really make the most of the time you are spending together.
  • Talk: Take some time to look at and discuss the pictures and story, or point things out with younger babies and toddlers. If you are reading books about love, talk about the people, things and activities that you each love. You may make some surprise discoveries!
  • Enjoy it: Don't feel disappointed if your child doesn't want to read a particular book or gets distracted after a page or two. It's all about making it a fun, enjoyable experience for everyone.

Choose books about love

There are lots of great books for young children that lend themselves perfectly to Valentine's Day. Here are just a few that I'm planning on sharing - all of them guaranteed to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy:

Lost and Found

Author: Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to find his home.

Read more about Lost and Found

Love Monster

Author: Rachel Bright

A funny and charming picture book illustrated with Rachel Bright’s engaging and expressive etchings with a feel good message

Read more about Love Monster


Author: Shirley Hughes

Dogger is Dave's special toy. So when Dogger gets lost at the funfair, Dave is desolate. Will they find each other again? Exploring concepts of love, loss and kindness, this classic tale will be cherished by the entire family and will particularly appeal to any child who has a favourite toy.

Read more about Dogger

I Love You

Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Emma Dodd

Whether it’s playing in the garden or eating ice-cream, this baby delights in experiencing everything around it.

Read more about I Love You

Love reading together

So whether you are avoiding the day or embracing the romance, try to explore a love of reading with the children closest to you.

Happy Valentine's!

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