My Flash (3) loves to hug. He’s my cuddler, and he’s notorious for caressing my face, laying his head on my shoulder and saying, “I love you, Mommy.” When I had the chance to read and review I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, I just knew Flash would be the kid who would help me. And wouldn’t you know that the whole time I read it to him, he cuddled closer?

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! is a precious picture book with lots of ways that kids can receive an awesome hug. It might be from a bear, a fish or otherwise, but no matter what the child will understand that he is loved and cherished.

Flash loved the book and giggled as we read. A fish hug?! He thought that was the silliest of all.

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I could also see this book as a fun way to reinforce learning about the different animals we might encounter. Baby Diva would really enjoy seeing the animals and practicing their sounds and names.

All in all, this book will be a fun addition to our bookshelves and one I am certain my children will request and read on a regular basis.

Get your own copy of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!heading over to Amazon by today!

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I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.

Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

About the Author: Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are grown now.

About the Illustrator: Tim Warnes has been illustrating children’s books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children’s illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he’s not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim at www.ChapmanandWarnes.com

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com. Visit Zondervan on Facebook and Twitter.


I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.