Use this Valentine's Day as a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids valuable social-emotional lessons about love for the special ones in their lives — like family, friends, classmates, and pets. One of the best ways to do this is through books and audiobooks that capture the sweetness of the holiday.
We've curated the perfect listening list of sweet and fun stories to help you celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids.
1. "I Love You, Stinky Face" by Lisa McCourt
In this sweet story, an imaginative boy turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature, and much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky or slimy of a creature he could be, he is loved and nothing will change that.
2. "Dear Bunny: A Bunny Love Story" by Michael Morgan
A family of matchmaking mice helps lovestruck bunnies Tino and Teeny piece together their true feelings.
3. "Someday" by Alison Meghee and Peter H. Reynolds
A mother's love leads to a mother's dream for her child to live life to its fullest. A deceptively simple, powerful ode to the potential of love and the potential in life.
4. "Quentin & Alfie's ABC Adventures" by Pinna
Join Alfie and his babysitter, Quentin, on alphabet adventures spanning A to Z. For the "Y" adventure, Quentin tells Alfie this adventure is "All about you!" and brings him to a playground to do some of his favorite things.
5. "I Love You Because You're You" by Liza Baker
In a poem about a Mama Fox's unconditional love for her cub, this story describes the many moods of all children - from happy to frightened, bashful to silly, and more - and will reassure them of their parents' abiding affection and approval.
6. "The Red String" by Eugie Foster
When Lok is given a box of beads blessed by Yue-lao, he sets off on a quest of fate to find the true love he is bound to with a red string.
7. "Elizabeti's Doll" by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
When her new baby brother arrives, Elizabeti, a young Tanzanian girl, longs for a baby of her own to hold and bathe and kiss and burp – the way her mother cares for the new baby.
We’re all ears!