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  1. Great idea for a list! Some “feel loved” favorites at our house: Counting Kisses, When a Dad Says I Love You, and Snuggle Puppy.

  2. Thank you for this list. It is so important that our children do feel loved! Thank you for what you do, because I am sure, and I know.. that is mattering, and really helping people. Because our children DO deserve to feel loved and cherished! This too is also one of my “missions” in life to remind people how much their children are “needing” (and are deserving) that love, attention, and affection from us. So again thanks for this!

    And again, thank you for all that you do. Okay! Thanks and God bless! Christie

  3. Ahhh definitely The Invisible String is our favorite. I added all your books on my wishlist for our love shelf! Thanks! ?

  4. Oh my goodness what a great blog! I love when you made the point that reading helps you connect to your children and more connection leads to more cooperation! So true!! I teach an evidence-based parenting curriculum on reading for parents with children birth to five and I’m telling parents this all the time we say “building a bond with books”. I love your list of beautiful books but the research really shows it’s about letting the child take the lead and giving them choices, but mostly it’s about all those sweet engaging moments you had with your child during “book cuddling” time. Whether it’s one of these special books about love or a child’s favorite dinosaur story (or now for my 10 year old it’s a chapter book) reading with your child is magical!

  5. Love these. Adding them to my list. My favorite is “You Are My I Love You.” I choke up reading it every time.

  6. Love you forever- Robert Munsch

  7. Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You – gets me every time. Also, The Giving Tree – makes both my daughter and I shed tears when we read it together.

  8. “Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You” and “The Giving Tree” – they get me every time!

  9. Nikki Moody says:

    I love the book I Love You, Stinky Face!

  10. Don't Wanna says:

    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. Great for kids nervous about the first day of school.

  11. Cathy urquhart says:

    You Are My Sunshine, Owl Babies, The Kissing Hand, Bill Martin’s Goodnight Miss Kitten

  12. Before You Sleep by Benji Bennett. Gets me every time! Always lots of hugs after reading this one.

  13. You are here for a reason. Nancy Tillman books get me every time

  14. Lauren Christie-Murray says:

    Just discovered: You Can Never Run Out of Love. Helen Docherty and Ali Lye. Kids and I are reading it over and over again

  15. Together (Emma Dodd) & I Love you Through and Through (Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak)

  16. When I noticed the effect of meditating with my kids at bedtime I had to share the stories. You might also like The Children’s Meditations In my heart. My girls still ask for them weekly – it has been 6 years now. Another major benefit is that teaching your child to fill their hearts with love at bedtime also makes them fall asleep easily. Win win ??

  17. Love this list!
    Our favourite, Nancy Tillman got left out.?
    Her books are so lovely. We use them every week.

  18. One of our favorite books is “I love you, Stinkyface”. In it, a little boy (stalling bedtime as all kids do) asks his mom what she would do if he was something unpleasant, like a smelly skunk or an alligator or a swamp monster. She then proceeds to tell him all the ways she’d take care of him and how she’d say she loves him. It’s along the lines of the “No matter what” book.

  19. This is a great list. I love Let Me Hold You Longer… my teen boys still love when I read this to them!

  20. The Kissing Hand is really sweet! My kids and I would do the kiss before heading off to school.

  21. Rachel Gerhartz says:

    We loved this book Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. Our oldest made a photo book of our family and put the words to this book throughout.

  22. Such lovely experiences Kelly. My year ones love picture books with all the voices too. Thank you.

  23. Hi Kelly,
    I love this list, I posted your article on the Book Fairy Pantry Project fac3book page. My new board book , Please Read To Me, will be out this fall. If you email me your mailing address I’d love to send you a copy, thanks for all the great articles you write. Connection Parenting will also be coming out in Spanish this summer. That is a 15 year dream come true for me at Last.
    My Best,
    Pam Leo

  24. Fabulous support each time I read your email!