During the month of February we associate hearts with lovey-dovey feelings, but the heart is actually a miraculous part of our bodies too! The books on this list are excellent choices for Valentine’s Day or any day your children get curious about how their hearts work. You’ll find several books about love and feelings. There are information-packed books too. Pick a few of each and see where they take your family!
This book is a great resource to use in helping kids put their emotions into words. Each emotion in the book is accompanied by a vivid description that children will easily understand. For example, feeling sad is described as when a “heart feels as heavy as an elephant.” Evocative art is included with each emotion too. A silhouette of the Big Bad Wolf accompanies a page on fear and a bright yellow star accompanies happiness. Plus, the die-cut heart is a hit with kids! Read this one with preschoolers and young elementary kids.
This book truly is big, and it gets bigger as you open the four giant fold-out pages! Each spread goes through a system of the body. Kids will learn about bones, muscles, the respiratory system, the circulatory system, and more. Best of all, this book isn’t filled with heavy scientific information. Each page breaks the text down into short snippets so kids can learn without becoming overwhelmed. Read this one with preschoolers and elementary kids.
From acclaimed children’s author Todd Parr comes this simple book about the love between a parent and a child. Each page features a sentence that reinforces the message of a parent’s unconditional love for their child. The illustrations feature Parr’s signature artwork in bold primary colors. It’s a book that will make both kids and adults smile. Read it with toddlers and preschoolers.
In this book, you and your children can take a look at the history of Valentine’s Day and the traditions it has inspired around the world. Each page goes into detail about Valentine’s Day gifts, parties, and cards. Plus, there are several photographs on each page that feature people of all ages and races. This is a great book for early elementary children who want to know a little bit more about how people across the world celebrate the holiday.
Pete the Cat is too cool to celebrate Valentine’s Day until he realizes how many friends he has and how much he cares about them. Then he gets to work making a special card for each one of them, plus the school bus driver, the librarian, and other people he sees everyday. It’s a sweet book about friendship and gratitude. Read it with children ages 4-8.
This padded book gives babies and young toddlers a range of textures to explore. They’ll love the cozy puppies, sparkling hearts, and smooth silk. Each page also features a photograph of cute, cuddly animals like puppies, bunnies, and teddy bears. It’s a simple book that’s great to use in promoting language development in young children.
Oftentimes kids are surprised or frustrated with their emotions. This mindfulness book aims to help kids identify their emotions and refocus in a positive way. There are five sections: be calm, focus, imagine, make some energy, and relax. Each section offers a few tangible, kid-appropriate ways to deal with emotions and get in the right headspace. The illustrations are colorful and keep a lighthearted feel in the book. Try these exercises with preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Explore the inner workings of the heart with this book on cardiology. The text is broken up into bite-sized pieces and each page features bright hand-drawn illustrations. There’s also plenty of new vocabulary included. Read this one with elementary kids.
This book features real images of the heart. That’s sure to inspire awe in any kid! The pages are filled with informational text and new vocabulary. Kids will learn about blood cells, blood vessels, hemoglobin, and more. It’s not just the heart, they’ll get plenty of details about the entire circulatory system. The level of information in this book is just right for elementary kids.
This book combines the charm of a picture book with the detailed information of a non-fiction book. Go along with a family as they listen to each other’s hearts, learn what happens when their hearts beat, take their pulses, and more! The text is clear and gives a great overview of the heart for preschoolers and early elementary children.
Join Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus crew as they take the bus on a wild adventure inside the body! They will explore the stomach, the bloodstream, the nervous system, and more. In keeping with the style of this series, each topic is discussed in a kid-friendly (and often humorous!) way. It really is packed full of information! Elementary kids with long attention spans can probably get through the entire read-aloud in one sitting, but the book is still a good choice even if you have to take a few breaks.