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The Unhuggables

Hug Gif

Picture Book Mini Trend Alert!

Hugging the unhuggable. It’s an idea that has serious picture book legs.

I think the first time I saw a book on this topic was a couple years back:

Hugs from Pearl

Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid

And this one was out around the same time:

Hug Me

Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo

The idea also showed up in one of my favorite read aloud go-tos:

Hug Machine

Hug Machine 1

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

More unfulfilled hugs in 2017:

No Hugs for Porcupine

No Hugs for Porcupine by Zoe Waring

Unrequited hugs in 2018:

Hedgehog Need a Hug

Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Betton

And now (thanks to the Mile High Reading 2019 Picture Book Preview) I see that there will be more not hugging in 2019:

Nobody Hugs a Cactus

Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich

I Need a Hug

I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey

Grab a few of these for an instant unhuggable story time.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. There’s also an older Hug Me by Patti Stren, with a porcupine. Apparently it was first published in 1977.

  2. Colby Sharp says: