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Written by: Malak Tariq

The need to be loved is exceptionally strong in all human beings. From childhood to old age, humans want to be loved by those around them. Love connects people in the strongest of ways. It produces care and concern, without which no one would take the responsibility of looking after others. The love given to a child is more important than any material goods the family can provide. The warmth of love is necessary to infuse spirit and joy in life. A home without love, however orderly and organized, has not fulfilled its true purpose. A family’s outstanding characteristic is that members love one another, and this emotion binds them together.

Kids need to be reassured by parents that they are loved and the true spirit of love should be infused in them from the beginning!

Here are 6 picture books that shall give kids a picture-perfect head start about the power of love:

1. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Sometimes, when you love someone very, very much, you want to find a way of describing how much you treasure them. But, as Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare discover, love is not always an easy thing to measure. The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares’ efforts to express their love for each other has become a publishing phenomenon. This lovely board book edition is one that children will ask for time and again.

Age group: 5 years and up

2. Love by Matt de La Pena

Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Pena and bestselling illustrator Loren Longa bring a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. In this heartfelt celebration of love, Matt de la Pena and illustrator 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. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

Age group: 5 years and up.

3. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

A gentle story that teaches how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish, from esteemed author and speaker Trudy Ludwig and acclaimed illustrator Patrice Barton. Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody in class ever seems to notice him or thinks to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine. Any parent, teacher, or counsellor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.

Age group: 5 years and up.

4. The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] by Jon Muth

The Three Questions by Jon J Muth is a great picture book to promote compassion, kindness, courage, and a growth mindset. “There once was a boy named Nikolai who sometimes felt uncertain about the right way to act.” He has three questions he wants answered.

Age group: 6 years and up.

5. The Day Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to colour. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from colouring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colourful solution in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

Age group: 6 years and up.

6. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M Joosse

Mama, do you love me? Yes I do, Dear One. How much? In this universal story, a child tests the limits of independence and comfortingly learns that a parent's love is unconditional and everlasting. The lyrical text introduces young readers to a distinctively different culture, while at the same time showing that the special love that exists between parent and child transcends all boundaries of time and place. The story is beautifully complemented by graphically stunning illustrations that are filled with such exciting animals as whales, wolves, puffins, and sled dogs. This tender and reassuring book is one that both parents and children will turn to again and again.

Age group: 5 years and up

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day book to read with your children or to give as a gift?

This list is your sign to buy the perfect Valentine’s Day book and start a conversation about love!

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