Hugs: Board Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about hugs?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to hugs. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about hugs.

Our list includes board books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about hugs, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Huggy Kissy to popular sellers like Hug to some of our favorite hidden gems like Hug Machine.

We hope this list of kids books about hugs can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Hugs and Kisses book
#1
Hugs and Kisses
Written and illustrated by Judi Abbot
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

From the bestselling illustrator of The Perfect Hug and The Biggest Kiss, comes an adorable board book full of hugs and kisses! This sweet board book features the same cast of adorable animals from The Biggest Kiss and The Perfect Hug by bestselling illustrator Judi Abbot. Only this time, all the friends are in a brand-new story that proves everyone needs hugs AND kisses!

Hug Machine book
#2
Hug Machine
Written and illustrated by Scott Campbell
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft.

Big Hugs, Little Hugs book
#3
Big Hugs, Little Hugs
Written and illustrated by Felicia Bond
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A joyful board book about family love from the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!

Big or small, Furry or not, Here or there, Inside or out, Everyone hugs all over the world.

With its loving, simple text and bold, beautiful artwork, this is a perfect board book for baby showers, first birthdays, or a baby’s first first holidays. And it’s not just about hugging! Little ones can learn about opposites and about animals and their habitats in this story too.

Mega-selling author and artist Felicia Bond has crafted a charming book filled with animals hugging across the globe that celebrates the universality of love.

If Animals Said I Love You book
#4
If Animals Said I Love You
Written by Ann Whitford Paul and illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

If animals said “I love you” like we do…how would they say it? Whale would make bubbles shoot from her spout. Boa would give her hatchlings a hug. Gorilla would snuggle his child to sleep. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would show love in a special way. Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker are back with If Animals Said I Love You, a sweet imagining of love in the animal world.

Huggy Kissy book
#5
Huggy Kissy
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When you’re an adorable bald baby, your family finds lots of ways to show you how much they love you: Mommy lifts you uppy, Daddy kisses you on the tummy, and everyone wants to snuggle. What’s not to love? With comedy and warmth, Leslie Patricelli offers a universal tribute to love and affection in a board book full of instant appeal for little valentines everywhere.

Oh, baby! Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder returns to share the love.

  1. Mommy Hugs (Classic Board Books) - A loving mother counts the hugs she gives her baby throughout the day. Ob board pages.

  2. Hug - Bobo needs a hug. But his friends don’t seem to understand. “Hug,” he implores, time and again. Time and again his puzzled pals — from the smallest chameleon to the tallest giraffe — shrug and cuddle with their jungle mothers. As the lonely chimp’s plea escalates, his friends grow concerned. Can the elephants lead Bobo to his heart’s desire? Jez Alborough transforms a total of three words — and some of the most tenderly expressive animals ever created — into an endearing tribute to love and belonging.

  3. Huggy the Python Hugs Too Hard - Help little ones learn how to give a BIG gentle hug with this first story in the brand-new Wee Beasties series from New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman. Huggy the Python loves to hug. The only problem is, he hugs WAY too hard. WAIT! Can you show Huggy how to give a gentle hug? Wee Beasties is a new board book series from New York Times bestselling author, Ame Dyckman, featuring silly animals doing the things they love just a little TOO much. In this first book about Huggy the Python and all the things he loves, little ones will learn how to give a big gentle hug.

  4. Hug Me Little Bear: Finger Puppet Book - Share your love with this huggable finger puppet book! The sweetly reassuring stories in this brand-new series celebrate all the things a parent’s arms can do for their child, from playing games to sharing a treat and—best of all—showing their love with a hug. Adorable illustrations and two plush finger puppet arms make for a cozy, interactive reading experience for babies and their loved ones.

How Many Hugs? book
#10
How Many Hugs?
Written by Heather Swain and illustrated by Steven Henry
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A charming board book that explores all the ways that animals and multi-legged insects give hugs, How Many Hugs? is perfect as a counting picture book and for reading aloud at bedtime! Centipedes, those crawliest bugs have 300 legs for giving out hugs. That’s 150 on one side to grasp and 150 on the other to clasp. Hugs abound in this celebration of multi-legged animals and insects and their babies! And at the end of the day, human parents can give their little ones as many hugs as they want—with two arms. Charming art and rhyming text make this a perfect companion to All Kinds of Kisses, also by Heather Swain.

The Perfect Hug book
#11
The Perfect Hug
Written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Judi Abbot and Joanna Walsh
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There’s a special hug for everyone in this warm and cozy follow-up to The Biggest Kiss that’s now available as a Classic Board Book! There are hugs for wrigglers, and hugs for gigglers. Hugs that are tickly, and hugs that are prickly… But none is exactly the right hug for me! I’m out to find the perfect kind. This fabulous feel-good picture book is bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. With darling animals on every page, even the youngest readers won’t be able to resist this new Classic Board Book that’s just the right size for little hands!

I Love You, Little Pookie book
#12
I Love You, Little Pookie
Written and illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

From the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton, here is I Love You, Little Pookie, a sweet and simple board book that offers a declaration of unwavering love from Mom to her wonderful child. I Love You, Little Pookie is an affectionate and heartfelt celebration—for Valentine’s Day and every day—enlivened with those funny and captivating Boynton drawings. And Pookie’s Mom wisely knows that the best way to say I love you is simply to say it: Through the days, through the nights, come rain or come shine, I love you, little Pookie. You’ll always be mine.

Daddies Are Awesome book
#13
Daddies Are Awesome
Written by Meredith Costain and illustrated by Polona Lovsin
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Daddies are awesome! They’re warm and delicious. They tickle and hug you and shower you with kisses. Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring—daddies are awesome. This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between father and child. Adorable doggy daddy and pup illustrations make this perfect for sharing!

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