Best “I Love You” Books to Read to Your Kids

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Looking for a February book list focused on how much you absolutely love and adore your kids? These are my favorite books for helping kids see just how loved they are.

And it’s always a good idea to build up an ‘I love you’ book collection with your kiddo’s favorites to use year-round!

1. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Love You Forever

This book is a classic! Love You Forever was one of my favorites growing up, and it’s definitely going to be around for decades to come.

2. Rock-a-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman

Rock-a-bye Romp

This is truly my favorite book in our entire collection right now. It’s hilarious, the language is mesmerizing, and I could stare at the illustrations all day.

I mean, honestly! Look at this page! I often buy this book as a birthday present and say that I want to someday have a play room with this exact page painted as a mural on one of the walls. I would just get lost in it all day!

Rock-a-bye Romp

3. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

Mama, Do You Love Me?

Another classic. I love that this one can show children about a culture they may not be familiar with, all while teaching them that we love them unconditionally. Plus tons of cute animals!

4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

My sweetie can get extra wild sometimes with the quarantine. It’s always good for him to hear a little bit of “I’ll eat you up; I love you so” with all the “be still” going around.

5. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlotte's Web

This book is all about love for me. Fern’s love for Wilbur. Wilbur’s love for everyone he meets. Charlotte’s ability to teach others how to love, against all the odds. I think reading this book is a wonderful way to spark conversations about friendship and loving others with our whole hearts.

6. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

This book is so precious, and the illustrations are adorable. I think this one is great for inspiring self-esteem in little kids and letting them know how much we believe in them.

Unfortunately, we as parents have to spent a lot of time telling kids all the things they can’t do. (No, you can’t climb on that. No, you can’t eat dessert first, etc.) It’s lovely to tell them about all the things we think they CAN do!

7. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny

My son just adores this one. Even if a month has passed since we last read it, he’s constantly bringing up the idea that ‘mommies always find their babies’ and ‘mommies and babies always have to be together.’

I was listening to him play with cars the other day. He had a small car and mused to himself, “This car is sad. I think it’s because it misses it’s mommy.” He quickly ran upstairs to find a bigger “mommy” car to come find the smaller baby car. So precious!

8. You Made Me a Mother by Laurenne Sala

You Made Me a Mother

Pregnancy and birth is such a transformative, terrifying, magical, thrilling, and life-changing experience for us. We went through A LOT to get those little cuties in our arms. This book is perfect for explaining that rollercoaster of emotions to a little kid! They’ll feel amazed and in awe of all the things you did just so you could be with them!

9. That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

That's Me Loving You

This book is so peaceful and meditative for me. I love how it teaches kids to see our love everywhere in nature. It gives children the message that no matter where they are, we’re always thinking about them and always loving them. We’re always with them.

10. I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi

I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home

Everything about this book is amazing! The illustrations are lovely. It’s absolutely hilarious. And the story is so endearing and fun to read. This book is definitely one of those you’ll never get sick of reading… even if your kiddo asks for it every night.

What are your family’s favorite “I love you” books? Comment and let us know so we can all add in some extra Xs and Os to our Valentine’s Day reading list!

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