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Growing Reader

10 Unconventional Love Stories
for Kids

by Tom Burns

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The umbrella of “children’s literature” encompasses almost every kind of literary genre imaginable – comedies, mysteries, adventure stories, thrillers. There are even romances for kids, even younger kids who get grossed out by “the kissing parts.” If you want to find the perfect love-themed read for a child who’s too young for Twilight and too old for Guess How Much I Love You, try one of these less conventional, kid-friendly romances and show them that love doesn’t always have to be “yucky.”

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2022.