20 Montessori-friendly children books about love

This curated collection of picture books features how to say I love you, how to show our love and books about what and how our heart feels. 

You can read about love, kindness, hugs and kisses any time of the year of course!

It's also important to talk about body consent as not every child wants to hug or being hugged. 

And it can be a great opportunities to discover your Love language. I've written a blog post about the 5 love languages here and how important it is to identify yours and your child's love language. 

You may also want to download my Montessori friendly set of printables about hearts! Go here!

And here are 20+ books about love!

This book is about how to say I love you in different languages, featuring 10 languages and countries. 

A book to tell the story of when your child was a baby! The illustrations are so realistic!

This book Based on a bedtime game that author and illustrator Lulu Delacre played with her young daughters. How Far Do You Love Me? is an 'I Love You' book with a twist. With every expression of love, readers visit one of 13 locations around the world, each a beautifully illustrated scene of adults and children in a place of natural beauty. As bedtime - or any quiet time - approaches, gather close with a special person in your life and get ready to let your imagination soar to place after place of love as you embark on a game of 'How far do you love me?'

Mommy Loves You When" is full of affirmations to tell your kids every single day. It's a wonderful book explaining that how a mothers love reaches their kids in all situations and in all conditions. And in fact, to not only love your kids but to LIKE them too!

How do I love you? Let me count the ways.I love you as the sun loves the bright blue days . In this board book with padded covers, a parent declares her love...as the bees love a flower, a duck loves a shower, a bird loves to sing, a bear loves the spring.

This book has beautiful and diverse pictures of parents and children showing love to each other. 

An engaging story with a meaningful message that fosters caring and empathy in young children.

In my heart: A working mother reassures her child that even when they're apart, they're always in each other's hearts. This lovely board book is perfect for moms to share with their little ones.

I heart you is a book that focuses on animals, but they behave like animals although the text is about "kissing, hugging" and so on. 

A lovely story about the strings that connect us. Everyone loves everyone in Tess’s house, but when Tess has to leave for school for the very first time, she is worried that her family’s love might not stretch that far. Mum explains that love is like a string, it connects people together even when they are far away. At school Tess notices that all the children have strings! Some are new, some are old, some stretch a long way, and some even stretch right up into the sky. But what happens when a string breaks?

This board book reassures children that they are loved no matter what. Written in first-person verse from parent to child, How Do I Love You? celebrates the many sides of every little one-happy, goofy, mad, mischievous, kind, imaginative-and sweetly tells them that they are loved on their very best and very worst of days. Children will love hearing about all of the ways that they are loved as they snuggle in for storytime.

In My Heart explores emotions--happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness and more. Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: "When I get really angry, my heart feels like it's going to explode! Don't come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad." Toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. On the cover and the right side of each spread, a die-cut heart decreases in size, creating a multi-coloured heart the depth of the entire book.

Anyone who has ever delighted in a baby's bright smile or darling toes will instantly connect to this adorable board book that is perfect for reading aloud to little ones. With just the right balance of sweetness and humor, this is a soothing ode to all the wonderful bits and pieces that make up a cuddly, snuggly baby.

With charming illustrations and poignant rhyming text, this tender story is a heartwarming reminder of the never ending love between a parent and child. A sweet message to share with little ones to let them know that whoever they become and wherever they go, they are cherished.

My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed…or opened up wide. Some days your heart is a puddle or a fence to keep the world out. But some days it is wide open to the love that surrounds you. With lyrical text and breathtaking art, My Heart, My Heart empowers all readers to listen to the guide within in this ode to love and self-acceptance.

This unabashed ode to babies celebrates everything from their button noses to their tiny toes. Soft, pastel illustrations by the creator of the "Baby Angels" showcase an array of earthly cherubs just waiting to be adored.

When Esperanza finds a heart-shaped rock, she sees it as a reminder to spread kindness and love in the world. But when the school play doesn’t go the way she’d hoped, will she remember to show it to herself?

We talk to kids a lot about how to be friends to others, but not much about how to be friends to themselves. Yet self-acceptance and positive self-talk help them build emotional resilience, growth mindset, and well-being.

Listening with my Heart reminds us of the other golden rule-- to treat ourselves with the same understanding and compassion we give to others. It also touches on the universal themes of friendship and empathy. Includes kid-friendly mindfulness and self-compassion activities.

This book celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature…a mama’s love is higher than a mountain and deeper than any stream.

A highly-engaging interactive book to help your baby learn their very first words, whilst expanding their touch and feel senses as they go!

Based on the timeless song by Bob Marley. One love, one heart, let's get together and feel all right: Adapted from one of Bob Marley's most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. It's a testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.

A rhyming story of unconditional love with adorable illustrations of a toddler and a teddy bear who declare I love you through and through!I love your hair and eyes, Your giggles and cries...A toddler and his teddy bear illustrate a young child's happy side, sad side, silly side, mad side, and more!Babies and toddlers will feel loved all over when they hear this declaration of adoration and affection. A perfect first book for toddlers with sturdy cardstock pages and a padded cover with rounded corners for safe handling by little ones.

An inspiring book that puts into words the joyful love you feel, offering a sweet, magical moment you can share with your child again and again.

This beautifully illustrated book tells the heartwarming story of a little girl and a duckling, who both grow to understand what it means to care for each other as they learn that love is as much about letting go as it is about holding on.

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.