Plenty of Hugs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Plenty of Hugs

Author: Fran Manushkin

Illustrator: Kate Alizadeh

 Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2020

Ages: 3-5

Themes: moms, children, hugs, parenting, lgbtqia+


Look up, 
The sun shines on everyone
There are plenty of fish in the sea
There's a buzz for each bug,
a breeze for each tree,

and plenty of hugs for you and me.


Two mommies spend a sunny day with their toddler in this cozy, rhyming picture book that is a loving celebration of family. 

Why I like this book:

This is a book of the wonder of family intimacy. Fran’s rhyme and rhythm are stellar and makes it a sweet read-aloud again and again for the preschool crowd, any time of the day. 

The world is full of wonders. 
Just look around: It's true. 
There are seas for ships, 
and kisses for lips, 

so I can say that I love you. 

The rhythm of a typical family day will be very recognizable to toddlers. This toddler spends a rad day with their (we don’t know the toddler’s gender) and their mommies: a bike ride to a farm stand; a visit to the zoo in the afternoon, and in the evening there’s the bath time and a bedtime story before being kissed goodnight. This is a wonderful family day full of exploration, playfulness and a ton of hugs, of course. Boy, reading this at the end of seven weeks of solo quarantine during COVID19 and all I wanted to do was jump into the family and enjoy some of those hugs!!

This is an adorable cozy picture book of a two-mom family with illustrations as joyful as the text. Another great addition to your lgbtqia+ shelves.


Get your kids sharing what a best family day would look like for them.

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and/or activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

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8 Responses to Plenty of Hugs – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Aw, what a sweet book! And it makes me want to go outside and enjoy the fresh air! I’m thinking you’re itching to get another foster kitty. Yes?

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    This looks adorable and the stanzas you shared are perfect for reading aloud! Great choice!

  3. Wendy says:

    I am feeling the low hug quotient too. Great choice!

  4. This is so sweet and also a great share before Mother’s Day! Love poetic nature of this book, coupled with soft and beautiful illustrations that sing “heart.”

  5. Such a sweet book and adorable cover. Perfect right now as we are all needing a few extra hugs.

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