Best Books about Kissing!

July 6, 2022

Military families that use United Through Reading (UTR) experience reduced stress and anxiety, strengthened positive parenting, building early literacy and language skills, and improved health and wellness. Reading together also provides the opportunity for physical affection like hugs, cuddles, and kisses! If you are separated from a child you love, consider using our video recording program, and take the opportunity to blow a kiss at the end of each clip to keep a kiss or an air hug part of their reading and daily routine. Check out our recommended books about smooching on this World Kissing Day! 

Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena                                                                                                                 Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won’t be able to resist giving their baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual read aloud, filled with bold, graphic illustrations, with their little bébé! This book is the perfect match for the earliest of readers – babies to 3 year olds. 

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners By Joanna Ho                                                                                                                                        A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers’. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother’s, and her little sister’s. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers 2-7 years old. 

If Animals Kissed Goodnight By Ann Whitford Paul                                                                                                                               If animals kissed good night like we do…how would they do it? Giraffe and his calf would stretch their necks high, Wolf and his pup would kiss and then howl, and Sloth and her baby would move sooooo sloooowwwww. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would share love in a unique way. Children 3-6 years old will love this book! 

The Kissing Hand By Audrey Penn                                                                                                                                                 School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school and perfect for readers up to age 9 years old. 

Now that you’ve reviewed our list – grab a book, read with the one you love, and don’t forget to plant one on them! If you happen to be separated from a child you love, take this time to download our app, make a recording, and blow a kiss at the end of your video! Kisses are the best from near or far! XOXO