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This month we're focusing on HUGS since January 21 is National Hug Day. Feel free to email us at if you have a local kid's book that you would like us to review!



FEATURE BOOK: HUG by Jez Alborough

This simple board book is a family favourite since it was the first book that my son ever read back to me. It has very few words in it (other than "hug") but it's such a sweet story about a young chimpanzee named Bobo and his quest to find a hug and his mother.


Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland

Welcome to the world of Big Bear Hug, a contemporary fable about a bear who has an appetite for hugging everything in sight - even creatures that bears have been known to eat. Then one day the bear meets a human who is trying to cut down a tree. Read on to find out how this bear becomes an environmental hero!


Little Miss Hug by Roger Hargreaves

Who can resist the Little Miss/Little Mister series of books? They are silly and fun and have quirky storylines.

Meet Little Miss Hug: she's cute, heart shaped and always on hand to give you a hug when you need it most. A birthday hug, a hug when you fall over, a friendship hug... Everyone needs a hug! Find out in this heart warming edition to the much loved series who she meets that isn't so keen on getting a hug.


Hug Me by Patti Stren

Hug Me by Canadian author Patti Stren has been around a long time (I even had it as a child) but it's a wonderful story about a porcupine named Elliot Kravitz who is looking for a friend to hug. He tries everything from a telephone pole to a parking meter and is unsuccessful until the very end when he finally meets another porcupine named Thelma who wants a hug as much as he does.

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Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz

This board book explores all the different kids of mommy hugs... starting off with a Good Morning Sleepyhead hug and working its way throughout the day. It's a great interactive book perfect for storytime during the day or at bedtime!