Episode 144: The Love Stuff

February 14, 2024

In episode 144 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

The Love Stuff


Books about love always incite a lot of discussion in the Your Kid’s Next Read community. Allison and Megan discuss ‘the love stuff’, aka books for kids about love, in all its various forms. Plus, Megan has an announcement!

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Drake the Super-Excited Overeager, In-Your-Face Snake’ by Michaele Razi 

‘Your Brain is a Lump of Goo’ by Idan Ben Barak. Illustrated by Christopher Neilson 

‘Ladybirds Do Not Go to Day Care’ by Ali Rutstein. Illustrated by Niña Nill

Losing The Plot by Annaleise Byrd

Our Australian Heart by Just Write or Kids Australia and friends Or find out more and buy here.



The intriguing Allison Rushby


Books about love for kids


Facebook community posts as discussed:

YA romance novels for tweens

All The Feels

‘College’ romances for teen readers


Some thoughts on TikTok/Booktok


Book lists

YKNR: What 13 year olds are reading right now

YKNR Faves 2023: Young Adult


Books about love for younger readers

11 Words For Love by Randa Abdel-Fattah and Maxine Beneba Clarke

This Is Love by Zanni Louise and Sasha Haddad

Under The Love Umbrella by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys


Other episodes 

Episode 90: Books about feelings

Episode 39: Books about families

Episode 53: Books about Dogs

Episode 111: Books about Siblings

Episode 98: Books about Friendship


Quick tips

Your Kid’s Next Read Newsletter


Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


Connect with your show hosts

Facebook | Allison Tait | Megan Daley

Twitter | Allison Tait  | Megan Daley

Instagram at Allison Tait | Megan Daley

The YKNR community on Facebook here. 

Meet Allison Rushby, the third member of #teamyknr. Find out about Allison and her books here.


Books about love for kids