Now that I have given ideas about how to tell, show, and sing love to your kids, this week I am sharing 10 of my favorite books about love for children.
Whether it is cuddled up on the couch, in bed feeling safe and loved, or revved up and ready to learn about life, reading offers a natural space for daily connection with children. Having a few sweet cuddly *love* books is a nice and easy way to add some extra bonding.
There are so, so many wonderful books about love for children available these days, a comprehensive list of which could probably be a mile long. So if there are any books you recommend yourself that I haven’t included in this post, please share the title and author in the comment section below. I would love to learn about some new books to share love with children as they are such a wonderful way to connect and cherish the moments.
This article is part of my series “Sharing the Love: 100 Ways for You and Your Kids to Make a Difference In The World.” I believe the more we shower love on our kids, the more love they will spread in the world! Follow along here.
Here are 10 of my favorite children’s books about love, ordered according to my own personal opinion of appropriate age level – beginning with babies and ending with preschoolers or young school aged children:
by Anne Gutman, illustrated by Georg Hallensleben
This is a short and sweet book showing several father animals with their babies, ending with a human father with his son.
I Love My Mommy Because…
by Laurel Porter-Gaylord, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
This book shows beautifully illustrated animal figures (mothers with their babies) doing things together throughout the day, ending with a mom and her son having goodnight cuddles.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
This gorgeous book shows babies around the world growing up together and having fun. Not only does the story illustrate beauty in diversity but it shows how babies of all colors and from all backgrounds are the *same.* The book ends showing how each baby is the most precious to its own mother who kisses the baby three times on the tip of its nose. (This book has made such an impression on my four-year-old that he gives me three kisses on my nose most nights after good night hugs.)
If Kisses Were Colors
by Janet Lawler, illustrated by Alison Jay
This imaginative book shows what love would look like in various physical items such as rain drops, acorns, and flowers, being equated to kisses.
The Big Book Of Love
by Trace Moroney
This book helps explain what love feels like and shows different things you can love.
Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
This children’s classic shows the story of a parent and child hare who enjoy comparing how much they love each other, and is a lovely goodnight story since it ends with the two going to sleep.
I Love You Because You’re You
by Liza Baker, illustrated by David McPhail
This book shows how a mother loves her child no matter how they act or what they do; she loves her child unconditionally.
Whoever You Are
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub
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.
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You
by Nancy Tillman
This book shares how a parents’ love will always be with a child, no matter where they are.
Love You Forever
by Robert Muncsh, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
This timeless book brings tears to my eyes every time I read it! I remember my own mom reading it to me, and hope my sons love it just as much. It shows the story of a son growing up, how his mother repeated a poem to him every night before bed and how, when she was dying, he then repeated it to her.
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Thank you for joining me to discuss how we can shower our love with children, so they will in turn share love in the world. If you have any more books to recommend, please comment below!
Next in the series we will switch gears a bit to discuss ways we can show love to our spouse, to help our children understand more about loving relationships.
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Jackie@My Little Bookcase
I love book lists and this is a beautiful theme- such special books to read to little ones.
I spy two Aussie books in your list. I hope you don’t mind if I suggest a few more for your Australian readers (not in any particular order):
-Samuel’s Kisses by Karen Collum
-I Love You Too by Stephen Michael King
-The Runaway Hug by Nick Bland
-No Kind of Superman by Danny Parker
-Anna Walker’s Ollie series (I Love my Mum…., I Love my sister….)
And this is not Australian but I also love You’re lovable to Me by Kat Yeh.
Thanks so much for adding these, Jackie! Cant wait to check them out myself, too 🙂
I also like “Where do Kisses Come From?” – it’s a Golden Book.
Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
Books about love are so special, I just wish my little munchkin would enjoy reading as much as I do. No matter how hard I’ve tried to read with him, he’s just not interested and always sidetracked and looking at something else in the room. I’ll keep persisting though!
Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy
P.S. Thanks for linking up for Mummy Mondays!
What a fabulous list! I review kids books on my blog, but have never thought to make a list like this. Terrific idea. I don’t know a few of those titles, so will have to look them up.
I wrote a little children’s story last night about love. Maybe one day it will make your list 😉 Zanni
Aw how sweet, I would love to read your story one day!
Thanks for your top 10 list of books for children about love. I can’t wait to pop down to the local library and see which ones we can find. Here are my two recommendations;
1. The Teasure by Melanie Drewery. A New Zealand picture book which descrbies a mothers greatest ‘taonga’ which is the indigenous (Maori) word for treasure. It’s not until the end of the story that this amazing and very special taonga is revealed.
2. Why I Love My Mummy illustrations by Daniel Howarth. Written using children’s very own words and cute animal illustrations. At the back there is one animal that ‘especially’ loves their mummy and there is a heart shaped frame to put in a photo of your child….naw sooo cute
I hope at least a few of you will look these books out as I have shared many intimate moments with my kids reading these to them.
Thanks so much for sharing Monique! I love Melanie Drewery but haven’t seen that one so cannot wait to find it 🙂
Jamal Eddie Namo
These book are great.. I have a question, how do I get or buy them?
Hi Jamal! You can either look for them in a local bookstore (often if you go in and request a book, they are happy to order it for you) or you can order it online. Near the end of my post you can click on the book pictures to find links on Amazon if you like to order things from there, but there are many other online bookstores that will likely stock them as well. Some of the local titles (Australian and New Zealand) may not be available in the US unfortunately.
Jamal Eddie Namo
Thank you Chelsea, surely I’ll order them from Amazon..Best wishes.
Hi! Thanks for sharing these great stories!
I’m an Australian author of children’s books and have just published a new book called What Love Looks Like by Nikki Rogers (me). This book was inspired by the popular book The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman and can help parents and children recognise the different ways people give and receive love. It may be another good book to add to your Love list. I also write other inspirational children’s books you may enjoy. All the best!
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