Children will learn about all sorts of different types of love with these wonderful books, whether it's between relatives, friends, siblings or partners. Ordered by target age, these vibrant books are packed with moving messages, quirky characters and enchanting storylines.
Sam McBratney | 3+
This simple but perfectly poignant story follows a Big Nutbrown Hare and a Little Nutbrown Hare, who increasingly use larger and larger measures to express how much they love each other. The book features idyllic illustrations by Anita Jeram and a wonderful message about the boundless love between parent and child.
Laurence Anholt | 3+
Little ones will love the delightful rhymes and enchanting pictures of this gorgeous book, which contains so much to spot and talk about! Colours, transport, animals, cities, seasides and all sorts of people fill this book to the brim with fun, creating a rip-roaring rhyming celebration of love and life, perfect for parents and children to share.
Emma Dodd | 3+
In this gentle and beautiful book, a mother elephant reassures her little calf that no matter what he does or who he is, she will always love him unconditionally. The perfect bedtime story, this spellbinding book will help children drift off to sleep, reassured of how much their parent loves them.
Rachel Bright | 3+
In the adorable, fluffy world of Cutesville, it can be tough being the only funny-looking monster - but this monster is not one to sit around and mope! Instead, he sets off to look for someone who'l love him. He looks high, low, and everywhere in between, and when he's just about to give up, he finally finds what he's looking for. This book is gorgeously-illustrated and full of character, and will show children that everyone - no matter how funny-looking! - can find love.
David Walliams | 9+
Jack thinks his grandpa is just a regular old man, wearing slippers to the supermarket and constantly forgetting Jack's name - but it turns out this old man can still take to the skies and save the day! Featuring soaring spitfire journeys over London and thrilling escapes through the city, this riveting adventure is all about the bond between grandparent and grandchild.
Louisa May Alcott | 9+
Follow Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they must face the hardest of times and pull together, whilst their father goes to fight in the civil war. Though they may be poor, their lives are rich with colour and fun as they play games, put on dramatic theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with vices, learn from mistakes, nurse each other, and get into all sorts of trouble. This stunning tale is sure to enchant young readers, featuring the unconditional love between sisters and the challenges they face.
Michael Morpurgo | 9+
In this gripping tale, a horse named Joey witnesses the deadly reality of battle from both sides of the trenches in the First World War. He will come to understand the chaotic power of war, and the boundless beauty of peace and love. His owner, Albert, is determined to bring his beloved horse home safely. This engrossing story, which features the unique relationship between a horse and its owner, is a favourite with kids, parents and teachers alike, and has been adapted for film and stage.
Jacqueline Wilson | 11+
Pearl is a quiet, thoughtful girl, in awe of her big sister Jodie, who is confident, brash and bold - but has become a liability for their parents. The family moves to the countryside, where the children's parents become the cook and the caretaker at a boarding school. Throughout a succession of turbulent events - featuring love, betrayal and jealousy - will Pearl and Jodie be able to pull together and maintain the close bond they've always shared? This heart-rending and gripping tale will captivate young readers.
Malorie Blackman | 11+
This moving and powerful novel subverts social history to compelling effect. Callum is white, and a lowly Nought; Sephy is black, a privileged Cross and the daughter of a powerful politician. Despite their segregated society, they maintain a close friendship throughout their childhood, which inevitably blossoms into something more. But can their love endure hardship, heartbreak, loss and division? This story is filled with unpredictable twists and turns, and is riddled with gripping subplots.
John Green | 13+
Full of poignant observations about life, death, illness and love, this book follows Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two young cancer sufferers who meet at a cancer support group. The two develop a friendship that 'slowly, and then all at once' becomes love, peaking with an eventful trip to Amsterdam together. Both heart-breaking and humorous, this beautiful tale will make you laugh, cry, reflect and ruminate.