Remember your childhood blankie that you basically tore to shreds with hugs and snuggles? That blankie deserves a valentine. Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romantic love–it’s also about friendship too! We picked a few of our favorite children’s books with stories about unconventional friendship–whether it’s with a new crocodile pal or a tree, it’s the best kind!
The House on East 88th Street
by Bernard Waber. Remember this classic? The friendship between a New York City family and the crocodile (Lyle!) they find in their bathtub. Perfect illustration by Bernard Waber.
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein. No one’s childhood was complete without Shel Silverstein–or this book. It’s heartbreaking and lovely all at once. The (often one-sided) friendship between a giving tree and a boy turned man.
The Hug Machine
by Scott Campbell. We’ve highlighted this one before, in Arlo’s Book Club
, but it’s too good to pass up! This story is about a boy who just has to hug everything–fire hyrdants, benches, trees! Spreading the love, no one escapes the hug machine.
Henry in Love
by Peter McCarty. Okay, so this one is a bit more mushy than the others–a cat with a crush on a bunny, sharing blueberry muffins. Couldn’t be a more perfect Valentine’s Day!
Send a friend you love a Valentine, here.