Celebrate Love with These Heart-Warming Picture Books

A growing list of picture books celebrating love, from the kindness experts at DoingGoodTogether.org

On Valentine's Day – or any day – inspire kindness with these sweet stories.

This growing list of stories about love and kindness will help you focus your family on sending ripples of kindness throughout your community.

Talk about the issue.

  • Brainstorm a list of different types of love (romantic love, parent-child love, etc.).
  • Can you talk about a time when you felt very loved?
  • Can you talk about a time when you felt lonely or unloved?
  • Brainstorm a list of simple things you can do to make important people in your life feel loved.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
This simple, heart-warming story sets the stage for creative, thoughtful acts of kindness inspired by Mem Fox’s delightful characters.

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
Cornelia Augusta notices the unique nature of each heart in this unusual downpour. Inspired, she uses the hearts to craft unique Valentine's for the special people in her life.

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
A grumpy, lonely man discovers the importance of friendship when he receives an unexpected package from an admirer. This book offers a compelling message about the power of kindness.

Enemy Pie by Dereck Munson
Not feeling particularly loving towards someone in your life? Discover how to turn an enemy into a new friend with this sweet story.

The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning
Follow a hug on its heart-warming adventure through the postal system all the way to Granny’s house. (Send some hugs of your very own to folks who could use some extra attention. Download our exclusive DGT™ kindness activity and more when you subscribe to our Membership Circle.)

Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell
This is another gem from the author of The Gift of Nothing and the comic series Mutts. Jules the kitten takes off on a mission to hug the world, teaching kids, and their parents, to start changing the world one small gift of kindness at a time.

Sprinkle Your Sparkles: Show Your Love and Kindness by Kristin Tulsian
Sparkles of kindness are an unlimited gift you carry with you wherever you go. Share them far and wide with family, friends, pets, and the whole world with the imaginative ideas in this sweet book.

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