Valentine’s Day: 10 Multicultural Children’s Books About Love

10 Valentines Day Multicultural Childrens Books About Love -I'm Not the Nanny

Valentine’s day is next week and what better way to celebrate than multicultural children’s books about love? These books aren’t Valentine’s Day specific but show how love can make a difference in our lives. That means you can read these books all year round.

How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina R Friedman

 How My Parents Learned to Eat  by Ina R Friedman is not just a love story but an evolution of how two cultures learn to eat together. Which wins out at the end: chopsticks or knife and fork?

I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley touches on a big topic for moms (and dads) and their children’s hair. See how this girl learns to love her hair.

Mama Do You Love Me by Barbara Joosse

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse depicts the love between an Inuit mother and her daughter, complete with beautiful, vivid illustrations inspired by Inuit culture.  Great for toddlers and preschoolers.

Papa Do You Love Me by Barbara Joosse


Papa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse is the follow up to Mama, Do You Love Me? Set in Africa, this book about the love between a father and son gives readers a glimpse of Masai culture.

Everyone Says I Love You by Beegee Tolpa

 Everyone Says I Love You by Beegee Tolpa will teaches its readers how to say “I Love You” in different languages. Travel to different parts of the world through the books detailed pop-up illustrations.

Hush a Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho

In Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho & Holly Meade a mom pleads with the creatures around her to hush, as not to wake her sleeping baby. I think most of us can relate to that!

One Love by Cedella Marley

One Love by Cedella Marley is based on her father Bob Marley’s famous song of the same title. This picture book captures the essence and energy of this song about love.

A Kiss Means I Love You By Kathryn Allen

What does a kiss really mean? With its photographs of families sharing kisses, A Kiss Means I Love You by Kathryn Madeline Allen is perfect for babies and toddlers.

How Far Do you Love Me by Lulu Delacre

How Far Do You Love Me? (Lee and Low) by Lulu Delacre is perfect for preschoolers. Travel around the word to different colorful landscapes like Vietnam, Tanzania, and Puerto Rico as each page answers the title’s question. At the end of the book is a world map showing all the countries mentioned in the picture book.

A Chair For My Mother

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B Williams is a classic that everyone needs on their bookshelves. After a fire destroys their home, Rosa and her grandmother save to buy a new chair for her mother. It’s a lesson on selflessness and helping others.

Pick up these multicultural children’s books about love and snuggle together on the couch! I can’t think of a better way to spend Valentines’s Day. Well, maybe a little chocolate wouldn’t hurt.

What books would you add to this list?

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  1. Jen February 7, 2014
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