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A Kiss Means I Love You
Author: Kathryn Madeline Allen
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Year Distributed: 2014 - 2015
Availability: Past Books
Themes/Topics: Babies, Feelings
"A kiss means I love you, a wave means hello, a smile means I'm happy, a tug means, let's go!" Featuring engaging photographs of real children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches little ones and their parents how we say things to each other with our actions as well as our words.
Age Group Newborn
What’s Happening at this Age
- Recognizing familiar voices
- Gazing at high contrast pictures
- Looking at faces
Your little one is just getting used to the world around them. That includes getting to know YOU in a new way! Up until now, your baby has only heard your voice. Your voice is the most important thing in their world right now. Singing and talking to them as you soothe them reinforces that connection. Reading simple books, even though they don’t understand them, gives you another way of sharing your connection. As their vision develops, they will be increasingly drawn to faces. When you talk with them, putting your face within 12 inches of theirs will help them connect your face to the sound that they already love!
Why did we select this book?
We like to include a book in the Newborn Bag that you can share with your child throughout their baby, toddler, and preschool years. This wonderful book shows all the ways we communicate with each other including with our facial expressions and body language. The book asks us as parents and caregivers to pay attention to what our children are saying to us when they don't use words and shows children as they grow how to watch for these expressions of love, pride, and other emotions in others. Children with healthy emotional attachments to others in their lives have a solid foundation for all other learning.
Your child will experience most of the emotions shown in this book in their day-to-day life. Call attention to their changes in emotion whenever you can. For example, “You just laughed. Was something funny?” When you talk to your child like this, you are showing that you recognize their emotion (which builds confidence) and you are giving your child the language they will need to express themselves. If you follow that up with, “Do you remember when the girl in our book laughed?” you will make the connection between the book and your dear one’s world, an important strategy for comprehension.
Another activity that would make your child feel safe, loved, and thus ready to learn, is to tell them, “a kiss means I love you” whenever you give them a kiss!
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