Short Love Stories for Kids

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

When we think about love stories, we often have adult readers in mind, but many kids enjoy a good love story, too! This lesson offers some ideas for love stories that will appeal to younger readers' sensibilities.

What Makes a Love Story?

The love story is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when we are choosing books for children. When you stop and think about it, though, kids are deeply familiar with love! They spend a lot of time thinking about their love for families, teachers, and dear friends. Kids also observe and think about romantic love, which is all over the place in the world around them. A good love story incorporates feelings of love and tenderness into a strong narrative with a compelling plot.

The love stories offered in this lesson will appeal to children who are interested in different kinds of love, and they might even help young audiences think about what love means to them. Reading these stories will also help kids develop their comprehension skills and become familiar with more literary conventions.

Love Stories for Kids

Each title and author are followed by a brief summary and some ideas about what kinds of children would make a good audience.

Max and Tallulah: A Little Love Story, by Beverley Gooding

Max is a zebra who really loves Tallulah. All he wants is to tell her how he feels, but he is really shy. Moreover, every time he approaches Tallulah to talk to her, something else seems to get in the way. Finally, he learns that he can get Tallulah's attention just by being himself. This is a wonderful story for children who love animals or those who are struggling with which aspects of their identity they want others to see.

Froggy's First Kiss, by Jonathan London

Many kids are familiar with the ridiculous and lovable character of Froggy, who somehow manages to get into trouble no matter what he is trying to do. In this story, he wants to tell Frogilina how much he loves her, and Valentine's Day is coming up. Children will laugh hard when they see how Froggy's plan unfolds. Kids who like to laugh and who are not sure whether they think love is interesting or a little icky will enjoy this story.

The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams

Not all love stories for kids have to be about romantic love. Kids will deeply understand this classic story, which tells about the connection between a boy and his special stuffed animal. The bunny in the story really wants to be real and live among real rabbits, and it turns out that the boy's love is what finally gives him this gift. This is a must-read for kids with deep attachments to their loveys, as well as those interested in the very concept of reality.

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