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Favourite books about love

Romeo and Juliet: Manga Shakespeare

Children's books are the perfect place to explore and talk about the complexities of the heart.

Here are some books to get you talking about your emotions, there's something here for all ages.

  • Sugar Rush

    Author: Julie Burchill
    Publisher: PanMacmillan

    Shortlisted for the 2005 Booktrust Teenage Prize, this is a controversial and daring look at the gritty reality of teenage experience.

  • Mr Pusskins

    Author: Sam Lloyd
    Publisher: Orchard Books

    Humorous, lively illustrations accompany the text in this unconventional love story, which is also a lesson in not taking people for granted.

  • And Tango Makes Three

    Author: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell Illustrator: Henry Cole
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    Roy and Silo are two boy penguins who live in the zoo in New York's Central Park. This is a really delightful story and the message behind it is subtle. It's a true story, and you can learn more about it in a note at the end.

  • Noughts and Crosses

    Author: Malorie Blackman
    Publisher: Random House

    Callum is a Nought but his best friend Sephy is a Cross - the daughter of one of the most influential politicians in the country.

  • Frog in Love

    Author: Max Velthuijs
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    Frog is not well. His heart is beating too fast and he feels hot and cold. A trip to the doctor reveals that he is in love. But who is he in love with?

  • Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging

    Author: Louise Rennison
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Welcome to the world of Georgia Nicolson - an angst-ridden teenage girl who keeps a diary to record the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences she faces every day

  • Shiver

    Author: Maggie Stiefvater
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Set in small-town Minnesota, Stiefvater’s moving and poetic novel of human/wolf interaction and relationships is a werewolf story like no other.

  • Artichoke Hearts

    Author: Sita Brahmachari
    Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

    This empathetic account of the process of bereavement, a month’s diary, reassures readers that we grow from our experiences, however painful they are.

  • Love Monster

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

    A funny and charming picture book illustrated with Rachel Bright’s engaging and expressive etchings with a feel good message

  • Romeo and Juliet - Manga Shakespeare

    Author: Sonia Leong and William Shakespeare Adapted by Richard Appignanesi
    Publisher: Self Made Hero

    Set in modern Tokyo, with the Capulets and Montagues recast as organised-crime rivals, this racy retelling gets to the heart of the love story and the foolish rivalry that dooms it.