Saturday, February 4, 2012

Kid Konnection: All Kinds of Kisses

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. Today I'm going to review a cute little picture book that's a perfect gift idea for Valentine's Day.

Summary: There are all kinds of kisses... Cheep kisses. Moo kisses. Maaa kisses. Coo kisses... But the best kiss of all... Is Mommy's kiss goodnight. Sweet dreams, little one! Mommies and babies aren't the only ones who enjoy sharing kisses. All throughout the farm, animal families snuggle up with their little ones, offering them warmth and love. Following a mama bird on her journey back to the nest to give her own baby some special cuddles, Nancy Tafuri uses beautiful, inviting illustration to share how different creatures, from peeping ducks to mooing cows, show their love and affection in very similar ways. -- Little Brown

No matter how old my children get, I still love reading picture books with them. The problem is that Booking Daughter is long past the age where she wants to have a picture book read to her, and I realize that Booking Son isn't too far behind. However, I recently read a very sweet picture book with Booking Son (well, he actually read it to me) called ALL KINDS OF KISSES by Nancy Tafuri.

ALL KINDS OF KISSES is basically what the title says. It's a book about all sorts of kisses. ALL KINDS OF KISSES features various animals giving their special types of kisses to their little ones. For example, the chick receives a Cheep kiss from her mom and the piglet gets an Oink kiss from hers. The story ends with the child receiving his (or her) mommy's kiss good night before bed. 

ALL KINDS OF KISSES is a simple book, but I loved it for that very reason. There are just a few words per page so it's perfect for toddlers; however, it also has gorgeous illustrations which will appeal to some older children and adults. I think it's a perfect bedtime book, but I also like that it teaches younger children some common animal sounds.

I would be remiss if I didn't specifically talk about Nancy Tafuri's beautiful drawings. They really do make this book extra-special. The animals on the pages of ALL KINDS OF KISSES are almost over-sized, but I love how much detail they include. Nancy Tafuri is best known for her book HAVE YOU SEEN MY DUCKLING? which was a Caldecott Honor Book, but I have since discovered that we own quite a few of her delightful animal books.

ALL KINDS OF KISSES is a beautiful book and I'm sure the little ones in your life would love it. It's also a great gift idea for the upcoming Valentine's Day.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too! 


bermudaonion said...

This looks like a very sweet book. Vance loved any book that included animals, so I'm sure he would have liked this one.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

All Kinds of Kisses looks adorable! I love doggy kisses! :--)

My Kid Konnection post today is a collection of books that help explain slavery to children.

Beth Hoffman said...

This is exactly the kind of book I love to give as a gift! I'm going to buy several copies to have on hand. Thanks, Julie!

christyk said...

Hello! I found your blog through another children's book review site. I'm always looking for books to share with my children, and I enjoy writing about the books we like best.

Ali said...

I love Nancy Tafuri's illustrations....and miss reading picture books with my boys.

Anonymous said...

I've had several books over the past few years about kisses but I haven't seen this one yet.