I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of any better way to say “I love you” than by gifting someone a book! This Valentine’s Day, instead of the usual flowers and chocolates, try mixing it up by giving your loved one a book that says you care. Here are a few of my recommendations:

(P.S. These also make great gifts for your kids!)

Love, by Matt de la Peña

This book explores the theme of love everywhere you can find it in the world—from music to nature to our own families. The book was authored by a Newbury Medal winner, and it truly shows. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether they have children or not!

Love Monster, by Rachel Bright

This cute story tells the story of the Love Monster, who is just trying to find someone to love him for who he is. It’s a great story to teach kids the value of true love and not judging anyone by their appearance!

I Love You Stinky Face, by Lisa McCourt

This book is about a little boy who asks his mother if she would love him, even if he turned into a super-stinky skunk. It’s a great tale about the unconditional love of parenthood, and a perfect way to let your little one know how loved she is!

Everyone Says I Love You, illustrated by Beegee Tolpa

This pop-up book teaches kids how to say “I love you” in different languages from around the world! Its beautiful, eye-catching design will be enough to draw you in—and exchanging “I love you”s with your child will make it an entirely worthy read.

Love is You and Me, by Monica Sheehan

This book explains love in any and all of its forms, illustrated by the love between dog and mouse. It is one of my favorites, with a great story and cute illustrations that you and your child will be able to go back to again and again!

What was the best book you read this month? Let me know in the comments!