5 Must-Read Picture Books for Kids on Love

This is the perfect month to explore books and stories with love as the central theme. Here are my top picks for this Valentine’s day.

Books on Love: Recommendations for Early Readers 

Book: Dragon Loves Penguin

Dragon Loves Penguin

by Debi Gliori

A dragon in need of an egg and a baby penguin in need of a mum! They meet and it’s a perfect fit. This heartwarming story will make you believe that love comes in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes the most unexpected combinations make the best love stories. A beautiful book about adoption and love. 

Book: Whimsy


by Annie Besant & Ruchi Mhasane

What happens when two absurd creatures, a fox and a Prat (a pig-rat) come together? They compete with each other to prove who is more whimsy. They are whimsy and proud! And, what’s most wonderful is when Ms. Fox asks Mr. Prat, “Since we are both whimsy, Mr. Prat, would you like to dance with me forever by the light of the moon?” 

This valentine’s day, don’t forget to get your hands on this whimsical love story.

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Book on Love: The Parrot and the Merchant

The Parrot and The Merchant

by Ali Seidabadi, Marjan Vafaeian

Mah Jahan loves traveling and collecting birds from her travels and keeping them in cages. Even though they are in captivity, she truly cares for them. On one trip she decides to bring back a gift for one of the birds. The gift is a message. A message that teaches her a truly important lesson about the ones we love. This beautiful story is based on a fable by Rumi and has a beautiful message on love and setting the ones we love free. 

Book on Love: Samara & Alphabet

Samara and Alphabet: The First Magic Trick

by Priyanka Agarwal Mehta

A delightful story about a kind-hearted girl Samara who wants to be a magician when she grows up. She wants to try her magic tricks and even help her newly found friend, Alphabet, an elephant, turn blue. Can she help him? Do her tricks work out? A sweet story about friendship and love and the power of words spoken to comfort a loved one. (They even have the power to help realize dreams). 

Book: Thukpa for all

Thukpa for All

by Praba Ram and Sheela Preuitt

Tsering lives in Ladakh and his grandmother, Abi makes the most delicious thukpa, noodle soup. He is so proud of her soup that he invites almost everyone he meets on his way home. What will Abi do, especially when there is a powercut and their house is pitch dark? Will she be able to cook the soup? Well of course, with Tsering’s help. A beautiful book with a beautiful message, this one will make your heart warm and fuzzy and you will fall in love with young Tsering. 

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful valentine’s day. May we all share more stories with each other, show everyone some more kindness, and love a little bit – no – a lot, more. 

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Rohini Vij

Rohini is a professional storyteller, educator, listed & certified Jolly Phonics UK trainer, curriculum developer, parenting coach, founder of NutSpace. She is on a mission to raise readers and is actively engaged with curriculum development for schools and her own ed-tech platform - Nutspace Edtech.

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