Diverse Books and Crafts for Valentine’s Day

These Diverse Books and Crafts for Valentine’s Day are a few of my favorite picture books feature diverse characters and stories that celebrate love in different ways. These books are great for reading aloud on Valentine’s Day or any time of year.

Diverse Books and Crafts for Valentine’s Day


Photo Description: Book Cover for Love is Powerful

A little girl carries a big message–and finds it thrillingly amplified by the rallying crowd around her–in an empowering story for the youngest of activists.

Mari raised her sign for everyone to see.
Even though she was small and the crowd was very big,
and she didn’t think anyone would hear,
she yelled out.

Mari is getting ready to make a sign with crayon as the streets below her fill up with people. “What are we making, Mama?” she asks. “A message for the world,” Mama says. “How will the whole world hear?” Mari wonders. “They’ll hear,” says Mama, “because love is powerful.” Inspired by a girl who participated in the January 2017 Women’s March in New York City, Heather Dean Brewer’s simple and uplifting story, delightfully illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is a reminder of what young people can do to promote change and equality at a time when our country is divided by politics, race, gender, and religion.

Written by Heather Dean Brewer and Illustrated by Leuyen Pham
Published by Candlewick Press


Photo Description: Book Cover for Under the Love Umbrella

A beautiful tale celebrating the invisible, protective, omnipresent love love between parents and children.

From this award-winning creative duo comes a stunning celebration of the joy and comfort that love can bring–wherever we roam in the big, wild world.

No matter what challenges children may face, they can always rely on the love umbrella above them.

Written by Davina Bell and Illustrated by Allison Colpoys
Published by Scribble Us Publishing

BONUS: Kids can create their own beautiful love umbrella with Oh Creative Day.


Photo Description: Book Cover for LOVE

Published by Atheneum Books

BONUS: I AM LOVED Self Portrait craft activity for kids with Beautiful Blackbird.

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