I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney {Picture Book Review}


The frigid temperatures are officially here, so we've been spending a lot of time indoors, snuggling up to some great books. What better way to keep toasty and warm this winter season, then to enjoy children's books that focus on cuddles and hugs. There are plenty of wonderful ones out there. The latest addition to our collection is a precious story by Caroline B. Cooney called I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug!

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.

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.

First off, I have to say that my son loves this book! For one, the illustrations are absolutely darling and pop with all kinds of color. It's no surprise, since we were already fans of Tim Warnes' artwork, and even own a few other books that he's previously illustrated. My son especially loves the pages with the whales (one of our favorite animals to talk about).

The overall story, itself, is a beautiful short and sweet one that can be shared either at bedtime or really any other time of the day when you want to grab a snuggle up moment with your little one. As we read along, my son was introduced to all sorts of hugs from the unlikeliest of creatures, a bear, whales, sheep, and even a caterpillar.

Each set of lines has a theme that ends with the word "hug," so I decided to make a game as I read this to him. Each time the final "hug" word came up for each animal, we gave each other a huge squeeze. This definitely brought on the giggles!

I'm going to give you a whale hug.
A high-tide, Ocean wide,
Take me for a sail hug.

If you have little ones who love picture books, then I'm Going to Give You a Bear Hug! is definitely one to add to their collection. The copy we received is a hardcover with large glossy paper pages. A board book version of this is also available, which is perfect for even younger children.