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With All My Heart: 18 Picture Books About Love

Updated 12/28/22

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and there’s no better time to celebrate love! From the unconditional love between parents and children, to the compassionate love shared by friends and romantic affection between soulmates, the picture books in this list give children the chance to discover love in all its beautiful forms.

Visit our booklist in the catalog to find the books in the library: https://highland.chilipac.com/booklist/kJ8Qm

Download a PDF copy of this booklist here.

Love by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Peña and Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond.

Just In Case You Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Funny and sweet, told with lyrical text and bright, unexpected illustrations, Just in Case You Want to Fly is a celebration of heading off on new adventures–and of knowing your loved ones will always have your back when you need them.

I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown and Jason “Rachel” Brown, illustrated by Anoosha Syed

In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there’s one thing that makes a family a family… and that’s love.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers, pictures by Keturah A. Bobo

A gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.

Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson & Lucy Tapper

Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. But there is one thing they can’t do–hug! They are just too spiky. Will Horace and Hattie find a hug that feels just right?

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin celebrates all personalities and their potential, with love.

Zen Ties by Jon J Muth

Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

Children feel the reassuring love of their parents no matter where they go or what they do. If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman.

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton

It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?

10 Hugs & Kisses by Nicola Slater

In 10 Hugs and Kisses, follow all of the adorable characters as they count all the way up to ten by making peace signs, sharing hugs, blowing kisses, and saying goodnight.

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Clement Hurd

A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian, illustrated by Mike Curato

Two worms in love decide to get married, and with help from Cricket, Beetle, Spider, and the Bees they have everything they need and more, but which one will be the bride and which the groom?

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague

Even when little dinosaurs are naughty, it’s important to remind them that no matter what they do, they are always loved. In this book, readers will laugh aloud as parents cope with the typical antics of childhood, but in the end, hugs and kisses show your little one how much you care.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack, pictures by Stevie Lewis

In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.

I Love You, Baby! by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Judi Abbot

Affectionate, funny, and joyful, this is the perfect book for little ones and their families to share. This sweet meditation on all of the things a parent loves about his or her little one is illustrated with a variety of irresistible animal families.

Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley

Love, Mama is an adorable board book about a modern mommy whose love for her child stretches across the wide ocean, through day and night, from earth to sky and back again, even when she and her child are apart.

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt and Donna Lukas, illustrated by Nicola Slater

A touching tale based on the true story of one special tree, and the community that brought it back to life.

Summaries provided by the library’s catalog and the publishers.

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