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I’m always on the lookout for great new books to share with my granddaughter, and I’ve found a gem in a new book by Caroline B. Cooney. I’m Going to Give You A Bear Hug! is a children’s picture book written for kids ages 4 through 8, but one that will be enjoyed by much younger children as their last story before bedtime book.

About the Book

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! is based on a verse Cooney wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, decades ago when they were small children.

This fun book shares many silly ways hugs can be given which encourages kids to use their imaginations. Cooney’s text is simple enough for early readers, but it’s also perfect for reading aloud. There’s plenty of fun rhyming words and silly giggle-inducing illustrations.

Caroline Cooney reads I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug

Kids will love the creative ways hugs can be given and shared, and they’ll certainly want to act them out which is sure to result in plenty of snuggles. This book is a fun way to end the day and a positive way to go off to sleep. I can’t wait to share this with my granddaughter – she’s going to love it!

This title is available in a hardback book and a board book.

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Caroline B Cooney, Author

About the Author

I’m Going to Give You A Bear Hug! is Cooney’s first picture book, but it’s far from her first writing endeavor. She’s a bestselling author of ninety Young Adult (YA) novels which have sold more than fifteen million copies. Her suspense, mystery, and romance YA novels have won her many awards and accolades, and her book The Face on the Milk Carton was a made for television movie in 1995. It starred Kellie Martin as the 16-year-old girl who puts the pieces of her past together when she sees a photo of her younger self on the back of a milk carton. Martin also played Becca Thatcher in Life Goes On and Lucy Knight on ER among other roles.

The Face on the Milk Carton is the first book in the Janie series. The fifth in the series, Janie Face to Face was released in 2016.

While Cooney now resides in South Carolina, she was born in New York and grew up in Connecticut. When she turned 50, Cooney asked herself what it is that she wanted to do in life that she hadn’t already done. There were two things. One was to relearn the Latin she’d learned in high school, and the other was to live in Manhattan. So, she did just that, residing in a one-room apartment for three years. This move gave her access to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center where she enjoyed many concerts plus the beauty and tranquility of Central Park.

About the Illustrator

Cooney’s writing is brought to life in bright, colorful, and whimsical illustrations by UK artist, Tim Warners. He’s been writing and illustrating children’s pictures books for over 20 years, many of them classics you probably have in your home library (Tim’s Book List).