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

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about kisses, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Catching Kisses to popular sellers like Kiss Good Night to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Kiss That Missed.

We hope this list of kids books about kisses 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.

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Top 10 Books About Kisses

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The Kiss That Missed
Written & illustrated by David Melling
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

One evening, when the King is in a hurry, his goodnight kiss to the Little Prince goes astray. After rattling around the Prince’s bedroom, it flies out the window and floats into the dark forest, where it has no business to be. The King decides to do something about it. He orders the Knight to climb on his horse, ride into the forest, and bring back the kiss. But the forest is filled with spooky things that frighten both the Knight and his horse. How will they ever succeed in bringing the kiss back to the castle? This funny story features Daivd Melling’s atmospheric and richly colored illustrations on every page. It makes a great bedtime story for kids who are about the same age as the Little Prince.

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Hugs and Kisses
Written & 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!

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Catching Kisses
Written by Amy Gibson & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

At any given moment/someone, somewhere is blowing a kiss. And somewhere/someone/is catching it.

So begins this journey of the heart, as readers young and old follow a handful of kisses around the United States. From San Francisco to New Orleans to New York City, the text and stylized artwork celebrate all the ways kisses are shared.

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If Kisses Were Colors
Written by Janet Lawler & illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, any day, this tender little board book celebrates the immeasurable love of a parent for a child- warmer than a wool blanket, sturdier than an oak tree, brighter than a rainbow. Lyrical verse is complemented by Alison Jay’s delicate, whimsical paintings. A perfect baby shower gift and bedtime book, this timeless gem will soothe and delight adults as well as their babies and toddlers.

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A Book of Kisses
Written by Dave Ross & illustrated by Laura Rader
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There are all kinds of kisses in the world, for all different occasions: congratulations kisses I’m sorry kisses butterfly kisses good night kisses

A kiss is a wonderful way to show someone you care.

Show someone you care—share this book and a kiss!

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Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A board book for the most cuddly bedtime ever!

Tired little eyes, ready now for bed,

Tired little everything, precious sleepyhead.

By the end of a busy day, little knees are tired from crawling, little arms are tired from stretching—even little lips are tired from blowing kisses. But with the help of gentle verse, and art as sweet as a bedtime lullaby, tired little eyes will quickly give way to sleep.

Shhh . . .

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If Animals Kissed Good Night
Written by Ann Whitford Paul & illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.

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Baby Bedtime
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join these adorable elephants for a lyrical good night routine in this tender bedtime tale from the bestselling author of Time for Bed and Hello Baby! After all the kissing, and the hugging, and the rocking, and the snuggling, there at last comes a time for—sleeping. From beloved, bestselling picture book author Mem Fox, this cozy, dreamy bedtime book is a soothing lullaby that’s just right for lulling little ones to sleep.

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Where Do Kisses Come From?
Written by Maria Fleming & illustrated by Janice Kinnealy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Introduces some of the many reasons why parents kiss their children, including because they smile or because they are sick, and reveals where kisses come from.

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Huggy Kissy
Written & 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.

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Books About Kisses and Valentines

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Catching Kisses
Written by Amy Gibson & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

At any given moment/someone, somewhere is blowing a kiss. And somewhere/someone/is catching it.

So begins this journey of the heart, as readers young and old follow a handful of kisses around the United States. From San Francisco to New Orleans to New York City, the text and stylized artwork celebrate all the ways kisses are shared.

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A Book of Kisses
Written by Dave Ross & illustrated by Laura Rader
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There are all kinds of kisses in the world, for all different occasions: congratulations kisses I’m sorry kisses butterfly kisses good night kisses

A kiss is a wonderful way to show someone you care.

Show someone you care—share this book and a kiss!

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Kisses and Cuddles
Written & illustrated by Little Bee Books
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A little penguin loves to do many things during his fun day, but nothing beats getting kisses and cuddles from his mama! Follow a little penguin as he spends his day doing everything he loves—such as eating pancakes, playing with his toys, drinking hot chocolate, spotting rainbows, and more. But what does he love the most? Kisses and cuddles from his mama!

Honorable Mentions
The Best Kind of Kiss book
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I Love Kisses book
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  1. The Best Kind of Kiss - A child lists many varieties of kisses, ending with a favorite.

  2. I Love Kisses - I love kisses. I’ll bet that you do too! Wake up sleepyhead kisses Raspberry jam and bread kisses… There are lots of kinds of kisses in the world, and they all say something different. Award-winning author Sheryl McFarlane’s new book celebrates the best part about kisses; while each one is unique, they all say “I love you!”

Books About Kisses and Animals

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Hugs and Kisses
Written & 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!

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Where Do Kisses Come From?
Written by Maria Fleming & illustrated by Janice Kinnealy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Introduces some of the many reasons why parents kiss their children, including because they smile or because they are sick, and reveals where kisses come from.

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Hello, Love!
Written & illustrated by Taro Miura
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

How do animals show their love? By touching trunks, beaks, and noses! Toddlers will delight in adorable pairs of fish, ducklings, elephants, and monkeys as they splash, swim, dance, and swing, all while showing affection. Author-illustrator Taro Miura brings a playfulness and verve to this love-affirming board book, which culminates in the ultimate celebration of love: a child embraced by loving parents.

Honorable Mentions
The Biggest Kiss book
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Snow Kisses book
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Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig book
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Hug You, Kiss You, Love You book
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  1. The Biggest Kiss - There’s a kiss here for everyone in this warm and cozy Classic Board Book edition of The Biggest Kiss! Do worms kiss underground, with the soil all around? Do fish kiss like this—splosh, splash, splish? Everyone needs kisses, so what could be better than a book that’s full of them? With darling animals on every page and irresistible text that begs to be read aloud, parents and grandparents will love sharing this collection of affection with the youngest of readers.

  2. Snow Kisses - From the bestselling creator of The Biggest Kiss comes a delightful board book filled with snow and snuggles! Snow is falling! Winter is here! Let’s all give a snowflake cheer! This sweet story that’s filled with darling animals and irresistible text that begs to be read aloud is the perfect way to celebrate the wonders of winter while cuddled up with your little ones.

  3. Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig - In September, when the school principal promises to kiss a pig if the students read 10,000 books, a girl volunteers Hamlet, her unwilling, Shakespeare-quoting pet pig. But poor Hamlet wants nothing to do with such foolishness. “To kiss, or not to kiss, The principal in school? Why choose a pig To be their fool?” By the end of April the kids still have a long way to go, and it looks as if Hamlet is safe. But after an author comes to visit and the school has a book fair, the students quickly reach their goal. The date is set for the big kiss. Hamlet is miserable. But he tells himself, “A pig to himself must be true In spite of plans that humans brew.” Will the principal follow through on her promise?

  4. Hug You, Kiss You, Love You - From the creator of the deliciously adorable YOU ARE MY CUPCAKE comes a new ode to the best emotion in the world—LOVE! With a glittery cover and bold illustrations throughout, Joyce Wan celebrates the small joys and big wonders of parental love with a cast of endearing mommy and baby animals. I hug you, tickle you, sing to you softly, carry you, bathe you, kiss you always. Baby, this sweet board book is the perfect way to say I LOVE YOU!

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Books About Kisses and Bedtime

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If Animals Kissed Good Night
Written by Ann Whitford Paul & illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.

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Baby Bedtime
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Join these adorable elephants for a lyrical good night routine in this tender bedtime tale from the bestselling author of Time for Bed and Hello Baby! After all the kissing, and the hugging, and the rocking, and the snuggling, there at last comes a time for—sleeping. From beloved, bestselling picture book author Mem Fox, this cozy, dreamy bedtime book is a soothing lullaby that’s just right for lulling little ones to sleep.

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You Are My Kiss Goodnight
Written & illustrated by Marianne Richmond
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

A twist on classic Marianne Richmond books like You Are My Heart, You Are My Kiss Good Night offers parents a way to wind down the day with a little one, reminding everyone of the love and care that they share. With Marianne’s trademark feel-good writing and beautiful illustrations, You Are My Kiss Good Night is a new addition to the nighttime category that delivers a way for parents to express their love to children in a sweet and memorable way.

Honorable Mentions
Little Sleepyhead book
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How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight? book
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A Kiss Goodnight book
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All Kinds of Kisses book
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  1. Little Sleepyhead - A board book for the most cuddly bedtime ever! Tired little eyes, ready now for bed, Tired little everything, precious sleepyhead. By the end of a busy day, little knees are tired from crawling, little arms are tired from stretching—even little lips are tired from blowing kisses. But with the help of gentle verse, and art as sweet as a bedtime lullaby, tired little eyes will quickly give way to sleep. Shhh . . .

  2. How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight? - “How many kisses do you want tonight?” the animals ask, snuggling critters tight. This adorable counting bedtime book celebrates the special ritual of goodnight kisses. Cozy up with your little one for a goodnight kiss-or two, or three…

  3. A Kiss Goodnight - It’s bedtime for Little Hare, but first he needs a goodnight kiss! It’s almost time for bed, but Little Hare isn’t sleepy! Luckily Mommy Hare knows just what her bouncy hare needs before he goes to bed. Enjoy this wonderfully cozy story—perfect for bedtime!

  4. All Kinds of Kisses - There are all kinds of kisses. Cheep kisses… moo kisses… baa kisses… coo kisses… But the best kiss of all is Mommy’s kiss goodnight. Mamas all across the farm cozy up with their little ones with cuddles and sweet affection. This lulling read-aloud, with animal sounds labeled on every page, will encourage young readers to join in as they are reminded how much they are cherished.

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Books About Kisses and Love

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If Kisses Were Colors
Written by Janet Lawler & illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, any day, this tender little board book celebrates the immeasurable love of a parent for a child- warmer than a wool blanket, sturdier than an oak tree, brighter than a rainbow. Lyrical verse is complemented by Alison Jay’s delicate, whimsical paintings. A perfect baby shower gift and bedtime book, this timeless gem will soothe and delight adults as well as their babies and toddlers.

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Cancer Hates Kisses
Written by Jessica Reid Sliwerski & illustrated by Mika Song
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Mothers are superheroes when they’re battling cancer, and this empowering picture book gives them an honest yet spirited way to share the difficult experience with their kids.

Author Jessica Reid Sliwerski was diagnosed with breast cancer four months after giving birth to her daughter. And through all the stages of treatment—surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, losing her hair—she thought about how hard it would be to talk to your child about cancer while coping with it. She wrote this picture book to give other parents and their children an encouraging tool for having those conversations—a lovingly upbeat book that is also refreshingly authentic and straightforward. With its simple text and heartwarming illustrations, Cancer Hates Kisses is relatable to any type of cancer.

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Besos for Baby
Written by Jen Arena & illustrated by Blanca Gomez
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won’t be able to resist giving baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual read aloud, filled with bold, graphic illustrations, with their little bébé!

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A Kiss Means I Love You book
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Kiss It Better book
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On Our Way Home book
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  1. A Kiss Means I Love You - Now available in board book format with revised content perfect for even the youngest children. Featuring engaging photographs of young children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches little ones about nonverbal communication from a kiss and a clap to a wave and a yawn.

  2. Kiss It Better - Every day has its ups and downs
    Sometimes you giggle, sometimes you frown.
    But the thing to remember, the secret, is this . . .
    Everything feels better with the help of a KISS.
    There are go-to-sleep kisses, I’m-sorry kisses, I-love-you kisses, and more. For every time of day there’s a kiss to go with it, and whether you’re big or small, young or old, it always makes you feel better. So the next time you see someone you love, just remember . . . a kiss is the very best gift of all! A tender expression of love, Kiss It Better is the perfect gift for every parent and child who love Nancy Tillman and Marianne Richmond.

  3. On Our Way Home - This heartfelt picture book celebrates the love between a father and his child. Together, Daddy Bear and Baby Bear walk through the forest, racing and resting and gazing at wonderful things along the way. When they arrive home, Daddy tucks his sleepy little bear into bed with a kiss and a cuddle. With its gentle, simple text and lovely art, On Our Way Home is the perfect bedtime story.

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Books About Kisses and Hugs

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Huggy Kissy
Written & 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.

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Hugga Bugga Love
Written by Diane Ohanesian & illustrated by Gillian Flint
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little boy has had enough of his mom giving him hugs, kisses, and cuddles. She calls it “hugga bugga love,” and it’s a special love that the son eventually accepts because he learns his mom’s hugga buggas show him how much she loves him. Please, Mama! No more kisses. I get kisses all day through! I need some space! And it’s MY face. One hug and kiss will do! Mom loves kissing, hugging, and cuddling her precious little boy. She calls it hugga bugga love—but he has had enough! From lunchtime to playtime to bath time to nighttime, there’s no escaping her hugga bugga love. He isn’t even safe just pulling off his socks! But he learns to accept his mom’s affection, because he realizes that he’s hers and she’s all his, and her hugga buggas show him how much she loves him.

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Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses
Written by Michael Lawrence and Micheal Lawrence & illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

After receiving wonderful hugs and kisses from his parents and grandparents, Baby tries to hug and kiss the family pets.

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Daddies Are Awesome book
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Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug book
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  1. Daddies Are Awesome - 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!

  2. Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug - From the World of Eric Carle comes a brand-new book starring the Grouchy Ladybug, a favorite character for over 40 years! Perfect for fans of Love from the Hungry Caterpillar, this reminds us that that hugs and kisses truly make the world go ‘round and that we all need love, even when we’re grouchy! With Eric Carle’s signature bright collage illustrations featuring an array of charming animals, this is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, or any time you want to share love with someone special. With its universal message of friendship, this little gift book is perfect for all ages! Hugs and kisses for the grouchy ladybug will make you smile, clap, and jump for joy!

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  1. Top 10 Kisses Books
  2. valentines 5
  3. animals 7
  4. bedtime 7
  5. love 6
  6. hugs 5
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