Best Kids Books About Kisses

13 Kids Books About Kisses

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Catching Kisses book
#1
Catching Kisses
Written by Amy Gibson and 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.

The Best Kind of Kiss book
#2
The Best Kind of Kiss
Written by Margaret Allum and illustrated by Jonathan Bentley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A child lists many varieties of kisses, ending with a favorite.

Monster Trouble book
#3
Monster Trouble
Written by Lane Fredrickson and illustrated by Michael Robertson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nothing frightens Winifred Schnitzel—but she DOES need her sleep, and the neighborhood monsters WON'T let her be! Every night they sneak in, growling and belching and making a ruckus. Winifred constructs clever traps, but nothing stops these crafty creatures. What's a girl to do? (Hint: Monsters HATE kisses!) The delightfully sweet ending will have every kid—and little monster—begging for an encore.

Sleeping Bobby book
#4
Sleeping Bobby
Written by Will Osborne, Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Giselle Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A beautiful baby, a sinister spell, a pricked finger, a hundred-year sleep, a true-love wake-up kiss. We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but not the one that Will and Mary Pope Osborne tell -- with a handsome prince named Bob, a feisty princess who wakes him from his enchanted slumber, and charming artwork from acclaimed illustrator Giselle Potter. Here's a fresh, magical reworking of the classic fairy tale that's sure to have kids begging, "Read it again!" As soon as he touched the wheel's spindle, a splinter pricked his finger. "Ouch!" said Bob. "Good night, Bobby," said the old woman.

Kisses for Kindergarten book
#5
Kisses for Kindergarten
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Join Stella Isabella Harden and her puppy Buster in this lyrical read-aloud and heartwarming story about the first day of kindergarten. Stella Isabella Harden contemplating kindergarten declared she didn't have to go... because her puppy told her so. School is about to begin, and Stella Isabella Harden decides that kindergarten just isn't for her. Instead, she decides to spend the day learning from her puppy named Buster. Together these two adventurers plan a day full of playtime, teatime, nap time, and story time. After every "lesson," Stella gets the best reward: a kiss from her best friend and favorite puppy. But will she change her mind about kindergarten before the first day of school? Join Stella and Buster in this lyrical read-aloud and heartwarming story about growing up. 2017 Mom's Choice Awards, Gold Award Recipient 2017 NAPPA Winner

I Love Kisses book
#6
I Love Kisses
Written by Sheryl McFarlane and illustrated by Brenna Vaughan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

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!"

Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig book
#7
Our Principal Promised to Kiss a Pig
Written by Alicia DesMarteau, Kalli Dakos and illustrated by Carl DiRocco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

Baby Bedtime book
#8
Baby Bedtime
Written by Mem Fox and 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.

Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug book
#9
Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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!

What Color is a Kiss? book
#10
What Color is a Kiss?
Written and illustrated by Rocio Bonilla
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

This sweet, heartwarming story asks one simple question: What color is a kiss? Sassy and intrepid Monica loves to paint and sees her world in every color of the rainbow, but this question nags at her. She paints and paints, hoping to discover the answer. With the help of her mother, Monica discovers that kisses and love come in all colors.

Where Do Kisses Come From? book
#11
Where Do Kisses Come From?
Written by Maria Fleming and 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.

Mama's Kisses book
#12
Mama's Kisses
Written by Kate Mcmullan and illustrated by Tao Nyeu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From bestselling author Kate McMullan, a sweet rhyming bedtime story celebrating mothers’ love It’s bedtime in the jungle, but baby panda, elephant, orangutan, and leopard are nowhere to be found. Their mamas set out to look for their wayward little ones, calling them to bed with a soft lullaby. But look! The baby animals are crawling, creeping, hiding, and giggling, playfully staying just one step ahead of their loving mamas. Kate McMullan’s lilting rhymes pair perfectly with Tao Nyeu’s rich illustrations, creating a dreamy picture book that is a perfect new baby or mother’s day gift.

Cancer Hates Kisses book
#13
Cancer Hates Kisses
Written by Jessica Reid Sliwerski and 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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