Happy Valentine’s Day, book lovers! If you ask us, there’s no better way to spend a holiday than by getting cozy with a great book and spending time with families. Check out the list below for books that celebrate love of all kinds.
For parents loving on their sweet little ones…
Spanning one full calendar year, this rhyming board book celebrates the deep love between parent and child. Rendered in couplets, the verses weave expressions of affection with vivid imagery from the natural world. With vibrant, heartwarming illustrations, this is a perfect read-aloud to foster warmth and closeness with baby.
For those who love the things that make them happy…
Author: Monique Gray Smith
Illustrator: Danielle Daniel
The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
For those who love the little things in life…
Author: Carolyn Beck
In poetry that winds and wends like a creek through a farmer’s field, we journey through one lovely day in Buttercup’s life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world. Buttercup’s Lovely Day is the perfect title for celebrating love for the little things that make life sweet.
For those who know that love and respect go a long way…
Author: Monique Gray Smith
This vibrant picture book encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions. Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers.
For grandparents and grandchildren who share a special bond…
Author: Anita Horrocks
Most of the time, Silas loves having seven grandparents. Each of them has something unique and valuable to offer. They take him to amusement parks, museums, dog shows and camping. But when Silas’ parents go away on a business trip, all seven grandparents invite Silas to stay with them. One Silas can’t be with seven different grandparents at the same time! How can he choose one without hurting the others’ feelings? Silas’ Seven Grandparents is a fun and heartwarming story about having multiple sets of grandparents and stepgrandparents, and the love Silas shares with each of them.
For those looking for an LGBTQ+ romance with ups and downs along the way…
Author: Brooke Carter
New Hope Academy, or, as seventeen-year-old Jane Learning likes to call it, No Hope, is a Baptist reform school where Jane is currently being held captive. Of course, smart, sarcastic Jane has no interest in reforming, failing to see any benefit to pretending to play well with others. But then Hannah shows up, a gorgeous bad girl with fiery hair and an even stormier disposition. She shows Jane how to live a full and fulfilling life even when the world tells you you’re wrong, and how to believe in a future outside the “prison” walls. Jane soon learns, though, that Hannah is quietly battling some demons of her own.
For those who are learning that love is complicated…
Managing two secret boyfriends proves harder than Ella expected, especially when Samir and David face separate family crises, and Ella finds herself at the center of an emotional maelstrom. Someone will get hurt. Someone risks losing true love. Someone might finally learn that self-serving actions can have public consequences. And that someone is Ella.
For those who are dipping their toes back into dating…
Author: Melodie Campbell
Jennie has been a widow for two years. Her twelve-year-old son thinks it’s about time she started dating, and so does her best friend, Angela. So with Angela’s help, Jennie signs up to an online dating site. Within hours, she has several dates lined up for the week. Surely there will be one Prince Charming in the bunch. And if not, it’s only one date, right? How bad could it be?