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Hugs & Kisses, No. 19 *

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

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Wrap your arms around a storytime with Hugs & Kisses, No. 19

For storytime anytime, anywhere you want, just click the podcast play button below!

For a handy print-out of Hugs & Kisses songs, books and fingerplays, click here.

Books with a Hug (or a Kiss):

Rhymes for Kisses

Photo by Melike Benli from Pexels

Bunny Kisses (rub noses)

Butterfly kisses (brush eyelashes on cheek)

Goldfish kisses (suck in your cheeks and kiss baby on the lips)

Billy goat kisses (gently bump foreheads)

And a Big Bear Hug!

Lift & Kiss Baby

Up up up in the sky like this (lift baby in the air, facing you)

Down down down for a great big kiss (lower baby down again and give a kiss)

Up like this (lift up)

Down for a kiss (lower down)

You're my special baby! (hug your baby)

Pre-Literacy Tip - Affection and Attention Build Literacy and Life Skills

When we hold our children, cuddling up with a good book, the time spent builds our babies, toddlers and preschoolers brains.

As Pediatrician, Perri Klass, National Medical Director for the nonprofit, Reach Out and Read ( writes:

A book is alive for a child as an Adult reads and responds to a child in the course of the sharing. The more we understand about the developing brain, the clearer it becomes that children need interaction; they are constantly learning, but they need adults and voices and interactions for that learning to take place. So the crucial advantage of a picture book may be that a baby or a toddler or a preschooler needs an adult to make that book “work,” to tell the story, produce the animal noises, make the pictures talk. The child is using the adult to make the book talk and, at the same time, using the book to make the adult talk, that is, using the book to elicit the most desirable kind of attention, the kind that happens on a lap, with pictures and familiar stories. (Source: New York Times: Affection and Attention Build Literacy and Life Skills.)

So don’t hesitate to hug and kiss your way through a book with your child – what a great way to build a brain and create good memories that will last a lifetime.

Hello! I'm Lauren Teixeira, Children's Librarian and Podcaster.

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