Happy Valentine’s Day – 10 books about Love and Friendship for Kids

Love is in the air! It’s Valentine’s Day and the theme of love on everyone’s mind during February! What better way to celebrate it than with great kids’ books about love and friendship! There are so, so many wonderful books about love for children available, a comprehensive list of which could probably be too long to fit in here! So here we are, with 10 of our favourite children’s books about love and friendship!

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

The Kissing Hand

Chester Raccoon is nervous about going to school and being away from his mother all day. Mother provides just the reassurance he needs to be confident in her love for him and to face a new adventure. School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school.

One Love by Cedella Marley


This book has been adapted from Bob Marley’s song of the same name. The joyful lyrics play against the backdrop of a young girl who gathers her community to transform their neighborhood — a heartfelt story of coming together. One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics of his music to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. Adapted by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s first child, and gorgeously illustrated by Vanessa Newton, this heartwarming picture book offers an upbeat testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.

Watch a trailer of this book here.

You Are Special by Max Lucado

You are Special

The world tells kids, “You’re special if… if you have the brains, the looks, the talent.” God tells them, “You’re special just because. No qualifications necessary.” Only one of those messages will find its place in their hearts. That’s why every child you know needs to hear this one, reassuring truth: “You are precious in His sight.” Max Lucado’s delightful, fully illustrated children’s tale from the pages of Tell Me the Secrets will help you say it again and again… with love.

Watch a video about this story!

Three Friends by Indu Harikumar

Three Friends

Red, blue and yellow go on a search for new friends. What do they find? Join them for their colourful ride where they discover about friendship.

Four Friends/Chaar Dost(English-Hindi bilingual) by Kala Sashikumar

Four Friends

Big Hunter catches poor Deer in a net. Can Deer’s friends help him escape? A well-loved fable about friendship and resourcefulness. With evocative art inspired by Bengal’s patachitra paintings.

The friends who did not recognise each other by Kambiz Kakavand

The friends who did not recognize each other

A caterpillar and a tadpole help each other and become friends. One day the caterpillar is turned into a beautiful butterfly and tadpole into a frog! Now how will these old friends recognise each other?

Whoever you are by by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub

Whoever you are

This book goes around the world showing how no matter what you look like or where you are from, love, tears, and feelings are the same.  It offers a visual representation of what human love is and shows how all people possess the incredible gift of giving and receiving love. Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are all alike. Stirring words and bold paintings weave their way around our earth, across cultures and generations. At a time when, unfortunately, the lessons of tolerance still need to be learned, Whoever You Are urges us to accept our differences, to recognize our similarities, and-most importantly-to rejoice in both.

This book is a sweet story that examines how love can improve a lackluster life. When a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch, he sets out to discover who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life! One wintry day, a postman delivers a mysterious package with a big pink bow to a lonely man named Mr. Hatch. “Somebody loves you,” the note says.  After some time, Mr. Hatch discovers just who his secret admirer is and, in doing so, enjoys the biggest surprise of his life!

Consider Love by Sandra Boynton


This delightful board book explores the many modes of love using adorable pictures and pleasing, rhyming phrases. Children and adults alike will adore this reissue of the playful, illustrated ode to love in its many forms from bestselling humorist Sandra Boynton. From the sentimental to the soulful, this delightful book explores the many and curious modes of love using adorable pictures and pleasing phrases. Also it rhymes. And it makes a fantastically thoughtful gift that anyone will, well, love!
This refreshed edition of Sandra Boynton’s celebrated tribute to affection, devotion, and all things lovely features the original endearing illustrations with an all-new cover—and a whole lotta heart.

Big Al, by Andrew Clements

Big Al

Big Al is a big, ugly, scary fish – with a good heart underneath. Poor Big Al! He just wants to make friends. And in the whole wide blue sea you can’t find a nicer fish. But because Big Al is large and scary-looking, the little fish are afraid to get to know him. What can he do? But how can he make the other fish see it? He tries everything he can think of — from disguising himself with seaweed to burrowing under the ocean floor so he’ll look smaller. But something always goes wrong, and lonely Big Al wonders if he’ll ever have a single friend. Then one frightening day, when a fishing net captures the other fish, Big Al gets the chance to prove what a wonderful friend he can be! This book shows that it’s what’s beneath the surface that counts!


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