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Love Stories to Share with Your Valentine!

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, we are sharing a few of our favorite love stories for children and young adults with you. These are great choices for the Valentines you are celebrating today: your friends, your kids or your significant other.

Please share your favorite love stories in the comment section below! We can’t think of a sweeter Valentine’s present to give or receive than a book!

Erin recommends You’re Lovable to Me by Kat Yeh and Sue Anderson as a love story that would be perfect for parents to read with young children. “This is a sweet, classic story told in rhyme about the unconditional love parents have for their kids, demonstrated by Mama Bunny to her little bunnies, as well as by her papa to her.” For teens, or adults who enjoy young adult novels, she recommends How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt, “a surprisingly deep summer romance set against the back drop of a Habitat for Humanity build,” and The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel, “a quiet and beautifully written story of friendship, secrets, loss and unrequited love.”

For younger readers, Lillian recommends a classic Little Golden Book, I Love You Mommy by Edie Evans and says, “What a perfect book to give your mom for Valentine’s Day!”
For poetry lovers, Sarah W. recommends Dizzy in Your Eyes: Poems About Love by Pat Mora. “Each poem is written in the voice of a teen narrator sharing unique thoughts, moments, sadness, or heart’s desire which will be recognizable to all readers.”
Kate recommends The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher, and says about it,”This delightful story of best friends falling in love but not knowing it until it’s almost too late, and the obstacles they conquer to finally get together is a charming read for anyone age 12 and up.”
Kate also recommends The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, “A paranormal novel of forbidden love that you won’t be able to put down, and bonus (!) you can immediately pick up the most exciting sequel The Lost Saint. The perfect way to spend a snowy weekend!”

Deanna recommends You Against Me by Jenny Downham (sadly, not out until September but worth the wait!) She says, “Love comes in many forms. Some would argue it’s an unstoppable force (just ask Romeo and Juliet) even when the love is between the brother of a rape survivor and the sister of the accused rapist. Jenny Downham (Before I Die, pictured above) tackles another difficult issue in the forthcoming You Against Me and manages to seamlessly weave an incredibly romantic story together with a horrific event and it’s aftermath.”

Finally, Dandy recommends Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen and Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (also mentioned in this post). She says, “These two very different books are a couple of my favorites looking at young love. One is that really young love that starts in the playground & the other is that deep passionate love that often comes with our first love.”
2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2011 8:06 pm

    I enjoyed Flipped, too.

    Great suggestions!


  2. Amanda permalink
    March 9, 2011 8:51 pm

    Just started the new Jenny Downham & it’s really great. She’s a powerful writer – really packs an emotional whammy.

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