Books are a brilliant way to start talking about emotions with your children, and to help them identify words for the way they are feeling.
If you’re looking for children’s books about love, here are some you should check out…
Guess How Much I Love You?
by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
I’ll start with a classic. No child’s bookshelf is complete without this beauty on it. If you’ve not yet come across this story, it features Little Brown Hare and his daddy Big Nutbrown Hare discussing just how much they love each other. They try to find a measurement to show how much, but measuring love is tricky!
The popular phrase “I love you to the moon and back” originates from this story. I dare you to read it without tearing up or getting a goosebump or two!
This is a cute story about friendship and love. Foxy and Emily are best friends. It’s nearly Valentine’s Day and Emily is struggling to decide what to draw on her card. Foxy tries to help, but keeps mishearing Emily and makes a series of funny mistakes. In the end, Foxy reminds Emily that Valentine’s Day is about who you love, not what you love, to which Emily replies: “That’s easy, I love you Foxy”.
I Love My Baby Because…
by Paullina Simons & Cassia Thomas
This gorgeous story is about how a mummy and her little baby spend their day, with a simple, repetitive text that makes it perfect for reading with your 0-2 year old. It’s a bit of a tongue-in-cheek tale as the mummy lists out all the reasons she loves her baby (‘helping’ with the washing, feeding herself and getting dressed) and the illustrations are really engaging too.
Words and Your Heart
by Kate Jane Neal
This is a book about your heart and the power of words. It talks about how the things you say to other people can affect how their heart feels, and that things other people say to you can change the way you feel too; how your words can do amazing things, but can also make you cry.
I read this with my 3-year-old and he really got it. This book is brilliant for teaching little people the power of positive messages.
The Lovemeez books
by Caroline Jayne Church
These lovely touch and feel books are a great way to introduce very young children to love. There are four in the series: I Love my Puppy, I Love my Bunny, I Love my Robot and I Love my Dinosaur, all packed with different interactive elements from touch and feel to lift-the-flap, and even scratch and sniff!
Each book is a rhyming tale about the child, their favourite toy or pet, and how they spend their day together. Perfect for little ones aged 0-2.
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