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Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug

Author: Susan Musgrave

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ISBN: 9781459801639

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Binding: Board Book

Year Distributed: 2015 - 2016

Availability: Past Books

Themes/Topics: Babies

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An enjoyable board book for babies and toddlers that introduces facial expressions, emotions, and gestures of affection. In Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug, emotions are linked to facial expressions with an array of colorful close-up photographic images that showcases a multiethnic cast of babies. Perfect for little hands to hold, this is a board book to share and enjoy over and over again.

Age Group 4 months

What’s Happening at this Age

  • Beginning to swipe at books
  • ‘Helping’ turn pages by batting at the book
  • Laughing and making more sounds including back and forth ‘conversations’

Your baby is much more aware of the world around them now. They can turn their head toward sounds and smile or frown in response to things they hear. They’re also working to have control of their arms and hands. They may reach toward a book as you read it and try to grab it themselves. Making sure books are always within reach can help them with this. Continue to read to them and start to gently guide their hand to pat the pictures as you talk about what’s on the pages. Making reading time interactive will be thrilling for them!

Click here to see a full list of milestones for your 4-month-old as well as tips and activities for you and your baby!

Why did we select this book?

Babies love to look at other babies' faces! We try to always include a book featuring close-ups of baby's faces in the collection. As your baby's vision expands, so will their interest in other faces--especially those of other infants and toddlers. Books with babies faces allow them to explore the diversity of faces. With a book like this one, your baby can also start to make the link between the emotion on the face and the activity or emotion you are reading on the page.

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Related Activities

Talk with your baby about what they have in common with the babies in the book. Does your baby have a messy face? A happy face? You can also point to a baby’s features (nose, ears, eyes, chin) and gently touch your baby’s same facial features. The picture on the page combined with your touch and talk will help them start making the connection between the pictured nose, the word “nose,” and their own sweet nose. You can also act out what the caregivers in this book do. When Lucy gets a kiss, give your child a kiss. When Jayden gets a snuggle, give your baby a snuggle. Connections help your baby’s brain learn and grow!


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