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The Unhuggables

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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.

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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.

Comments

  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:

    Hugs!

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