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15 Valentine’s Day Books for Adults + Kids

When words fail, reach for a book. We believe the perfect gift is most certainly a paper one, and these love-filled books are sure to put a smile on your valentine’s face.

Oh, and you can get 30% off our website (and get free ground shipping!) with the code VALENTINE. Offer ends 2/14/18.

For Kids

Books for kids for Valentine's Day
This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins

This book is not a valentine. It doesn’t have lacey edges or sugary hearts, but it is full of lucky rocks, secret hiding spots, and gumball machine treasures. A testament to handmade, wacky, bashful, honest love, this is the perfect gift to celebrate every relationship, from parent to child, sibling to sibling, partner to partner, crush to crush.

Love Is by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane

In this affectionately funny book, girl and duckling grow in their understanding of what it is to care for each other, discovering that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding tight.

When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali, illustrated by Alice Lotti

When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things. He hides when the elephant-object of his affection is around. He writes dozens of letters that he will never send. And he tries to be healthy, but ends up finishing the cheesecake. This soulful book is at once relatable and revealing, a reminder that love is worth striving for, and that the very best things in life will come to those who wait.

 

For Your Longtime Partner

Valentine's Day books for your partner

My Foolish Heart: A Pop-Up Book of Love by Nick Bantock

From the creator of the bestselling Griffin & Sabine series comes a loving gift book that’s (literally) full of heart. This quirky book takes six heart-themed expressions and gives them new meaning through engaging pop-ups and word play, resulting in a delightful surprise for Valentine’s Day (or whenever a token of affection is in order!).

Letters to My Love by Lea Redmond

Nothing is more romantic than a handwritten love letter. Like a dozen grand gestures in one, this innovative format invites romantics to declare their affection to their beloved in 12 fold-and-mail letters to be opened in the future. An Oprah’s Favorite Things Pick for 2015!

Love Found: 50 Classic Poems of Desire, Longing, and Devotion by Leslie Jonath and Jessica Strand, illustrated by Jennifer Orkin Lewisd

The classic love poems gathered in this elegant volume capture the full spectrum of romance—desire, longing, passion, and partnership. From Emily Dickinson’s steamy declaration that “were I with thee / wild nights should be / our luxury!” to Langston Hughes’s gorgeous image of love as “a ripe plum / growing on a purple tree,” this is an exquisite collection of swoon-worthy love poems for the ages.

 

For Your New Love

Valentine's Day books for a new lover

Things I’d Do (But Just for You) by Jack Sjogren

Love comes and goes, but really liking someone? Now that’s something special. Illustrator Jack Sjogren celebrates the genuine, under-celebrated emotion of “like” with moments we would happily endure for someone special. Bonus: this book was used to propose to someone!

I Like You, I Love You by Carissa Potter

Like an extended valentine, this book is an illustrated ode to the feelings of seeking, finding, and falling in love. Knowing drawings by artist Carissa Potter pop off each page in striking neon and metallic inks, illustrating all the moments between meeting that special someone (“I like you”), falling for them (“I like-like you”), and finding the comfort of devotion (“I love you”).

Me Without You by Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar

Looking for the perfect way to say I love you to a special someone? From famed illustrators Lisa Swerling and Ralph Lazar, this New York Times bestselling book features countless cute color illustrations of scenarios that are simply incomplete without two.

 

For Your Galentine

Galentine gifts

Love Parisienne: The French Woman’s Guide to Love and Passion by Florence Besson, Eva Amor, and Claire Steinlen,  illustrated by Sophie Griotto

From the world’s most romantic city comes this enchanting guide to passion and love. Three chic Parisian women share their secrets for every stage of romance, from fleeting flirtations to the beginning of a relationship to partnerships that last a lifetime.

Take a Compliment: 50 Posters to Pin, Share, and Treasure by Anna Sergeevat

Spread happiness with this beautiful and inspiring collection of 50 tear-away posters. Each unique poster features a smile-inducing compliment and includes small perforated tabs at the bottom which echo the art and message of the poster, so anyone can take away a small piece for themselves or offer a compliment to others.

Letters to My Friend by Lea Redmond

This book of 12 prompted letters invites the writer to celebrate a cherished friendship, capturing favorite memories and sharing how much that special bond means. Filled out and sealed with the enclosed stickers, the booklet is a unique, touching gift for friends of any age.

 

For the Bedroom

Sexy Valentine's Day books

Cosmo’s Sexy Sutra edited by Cosmopolitan

From the experts at Cosmopolitan comes this handbook for perking up your sex life—illustrations and detailed descriptions provide inspiration and graphic instruction for 101 positions. With red-hot topics, tips and challenges, this makes a perfect gift for a valentine, a bachelorette, or for yourself!

Sexy Truth or Dare: Pick-A-Stick by Lynne Stanton

This game of truth or dare features seductions that will heat up any couple’s love life in the bedroom and beyond.

Kinky Truth or Dare: Pick-A-Stick by Lynne Stanton

Take it up a notch with this kinky version of truth or dare—this game is provocative but approachable, offering a fun and easy way to explore kink.

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Photography by Michelle Park

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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