Love Is All Around: Children’s Books To Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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Worm Loves Worm

Title: Worm Loves Worm
By: J.J. Austrian
Published: 2016

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from their friends, they have everything they need and more. But which one will be the bride and which the groom?

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Love Is Powerful

Title: Love Is Powerful
By: Heather Dean Brewer
Published: 2020

Mari is getting ready to make a sign with crayon as the streets below her fill up with people. "What are we making, Mama?" she asks. "A message for the world," Mama says. "How will the whole world hear?" Mari wonders. "They'll hear," says Mama, "because love is powerful."

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Hug Machine

Title: Hug Machine
By: Scott Campbell
Published: 2014

The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft.

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Hair Love

Title: Hair Love
By: Matthew Cherry
Published: 2019

A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.

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Title: Love
By: Matt de la Peña
Published: 2018

Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all.

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The Love Letter

Title: The Love Letter
By: Anika Denise
Published: 2019

Stumbling on the same mysterious love letter in turn, best friends Hedgehog, Bunny, and Squirrel are reminded of the joys of friendship following a silly mix-up about their secret admirer.

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Title: Grandparents
By: Chema Heras
Published: 2020

In this funny and heartwarming picture book, a grandfather shows his love and appreciation for a grandmother as he persuades her to attend a local dance with him.

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The Marzipan Pig

Title: The Marzipan Pig
By: Russell Hoban
Published: 1987

Unrequited love comes in a variety of strange forms in this sweet and melancholic collection of very short stories.

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Title: Friends
By: Aiko Ikegami
Published: 2016

A girl from a faraway place begins her first day at school. She doesn't speak the language and she looks different. She just doesn't fit in. But one day, she makes an unexpected friend - a squirrel!

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Lost & Found

Title: Lost & Found
By: Oliver Jeffers
Published: 2006

While trying his best to help a penguin that has shown up at his door, a boy journeys all the way to the South Pole, only to realize that the penguin was never lost.

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I Love You Already

Title: I Love You Already
By: Jory John
Published: 2016

All Bear wants is to spend a pleasant day alone, but Duck really wants to hang out!

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Friends (Mostly)

Title: Friends (Mostly)
By: Barbara Joosse
Published: 2010

Henry and Ruby are best friends forever, even though they do not always get along.

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From Archie To Zack

Title: From Archie To Zack
By: Vincent X. Kirsch
Published: 2020

Archie and Zack are inseparable, both in elementary school and outside it, but Archie is having trouble telling Zack about his love, so he writes a letter, from A. to Z.; in fact he writes a lot of letters, but they do not sound right so he hides them--and though his other friends, Zelda, Zinnia, and Zuzella, find the letters, they all understand who the letters are really for.

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My Heart

Title: My Heart
By: Corinna Luyken
Published: 2019

From moments of great joy and exuberance to necessary times of quiet contemplation, your heart is your guide.

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Plenty of Hugs

Title: Plenty of Hugs
By: Fran Manushkin
Published: 2020

Illustrations and gently rhyming text follow two mothers and their toddler on a sunny day.

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 While We Can’t Hug

Title: While We Can’t Hug
By: Eoin McLaughlin
Published: 2020

Hedgehog and tortoise are the best of friends. But they're not allowed to hug. Luckily there are lots of other ways to show someone you love them.

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The I Love You Book

Title: The I Love You Book
By: Todd Parr
Published: 2009

Celebrates the love one person has for another, whether they are dancing or strolling, on snowy days and sunny ones, no matter what.

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That’s Me Loving You

Title: That’s Me Loving You
By: Amy K Rosenthal
Published: 2016

This book shows how a parent's presence and devotion can be recognized in the natural world, from a soft breeze to a shimmering star.

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Big Friends

Title: Big Friends
By: Linda Sarah
Published: 2014

Best friends Etho and Birt love going up Sudden Hill and sitting in simple cardboard boxes imagining they are kings, soldiers, astronauts, or pirates until Shu asks to join them, and their "two-by-two rhythm" is disturbed.

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Love, Z

Title: Love, Z
By: Jessie Sima
Published: 2018

A little robot named Z finds a message in a bottle signed, "Love, Beatrice" and, unable to learn what love is from other robots, sets out on a quest to find the answer.

Love In The Library

Title: Love In The Library
By: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Published: 2022

Based on a true story of love and resilience at the Minidoka incarceration camp.

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I Am Love: A Book of Compassion

Title: I Am Love: A Book of Compassion
By: Susan Verde
Published: 2019

Explores many aspects of love that can help one weather any storm, including that love is comfort, effort, connection, and taking care of oneself.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You

Title: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You
By: Jane Yolen
Published: 2009

Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways dinosaurs can express their love, from cleaning up after making a mess to smiling sweetly instead of roaring.

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 Hold My Hand: Five Stories of Love & Family

Title: Hold My Hand: Five Stories of Love & Family
By: Charlotte Zolotow
Published: 2003

Collection of classic stories and poems that focus on love and family.

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Croc & Ally: Friends Forever

Title: Croc & Ally: Friends Forever
By: Derek Anderson
Published: 2018

Croc is grumpy. Ally is happy. Croc sees a problem. Ally finds a solution. Whether it's choosing new chairs, going for a walk, or looking for the moon, these best friends will always work together despite their difference.

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Babymouse: Heartbreaker

Title: Babymouse: Heartbreaker
By: Jennifer Holm
Published: 2006

It's Valentine's Day, a day for romance, candy, and the school dance.

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Pizza My Heart

Title: Pizza My Heart
By: Rhiannon Richardson
Published: 2022

Being the new girl is hard enough. At Soul Slice 2.0, Maya is assigned delivery duty. And her first delivery is a disaster. Can you make a worse impression than tripping... and falling face-first into a rude boy's pizza order? When that same rude--and, okay, cute--boy shows up at her school, Maya's convinced nothing can go right. But she may be in for some surprises. Could good friends, secret crushes, and creative pizza toppings turn Maya's new home into her own slice of heaven?

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