Hugs & Kisses & Love Storytime Lesson Plan

Hugs & Kisses & Love Storytime Lesson Plan

January 21st is National Hugging Day!

February 14th is Valentine’s Day!


All kinds of kisses by Nancy Tafuri, Little, Brown, 2012.

Big hugs, little hugs by Felicia Bond, Philomel Books, 2012.

The biggest kiss by Joanna Walsh, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011.

Catching kisses by Amy Gibson, Feiwel and Friends, 2013.

Daddy hugs by Nancy Tafuri, Little, Brown and Company, 2014.

Did you know that I love you? by Christa Pierce, Harper, 2015.

Dinosaur kisses by David Ezra Stein, Candlewick Press, 2013.

Foxy in love by Emma Dodd, Harper, 2013.

Hug machine by Scott Campbell, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.

Hugless Douglas by David Melling, Tiger Tales, 2010.

Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid, Harper, 2011.

If animals kissed good night by Ann Whitford Paul, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.

Kiss kiss! by Margaret Wild, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004.

Kiss, tickle, cuddle, hug by Susan Musgrave, Orca Book Publishers, 2012.

A little bit of love by Cynthia Platt, Tiger Tales, 2011.

Love is my favorite thing by Emma Chichester Clark, Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015.

Love Monster by Rachel Bright, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.

No more cuddles! by Jane Chapman, Tiger Tales, 2015.

The perfect hug by Joanna Walsh, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Prince of a frog by Jackie Urbanovic, Orchard Books, 2015.

Shark kiss, octopus hug by Lynn Rowe Reed, Balzer + Bray, 2014.

Slug needs a hug by Jeanne Willis, Lerner Publishing, 2015.

Time for a hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green, Sterling Publishing Company, 2012.

Won’t you be my hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder, Harcourt, Inc., 2006.

Who wants a hug? by Jeff Mack, Harper, 2015.


"Blow a kiss" – Laurie Berkner's Under a Shady Tree CD (2:47)

Give me a hug” – Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights' Heart Beats CD(2:04)

I love it” – The Learning Groove (1:44)

I love my mommy” – The Learning Groove (2:02)

Lovely, love my family” – The Roots, Yo Gabba Gabba’s Music is--Awesome! CD (2:02)

Skidamarink” – Old Town School of Folk Music's Wiggleworms Love You CD (1:31)

Teddy bear hug” – Raffi's Everything Grows CD (2:58)

"Valentine" -- Laura Doherty's Shining Like a Star CD (1:46)

Laurie Berkner’s digital album, Love

Fingerplays & Action Rhymes

Hug your bear, accessed 11-27-18

Hearts and kisses, accessed 11-27-18

I Have a Little Heart, accessed 11-27-18

Art Project

Hershey Kiss craft, accessed 11-28-17

I love you to pieces torn art, accessed 11-28-17

Sign language I love you handprint, accessed 11-28-17


Dinosaur kisses book trailer, accessed 11-28-17 (1:55)

Hug Machine Song by Emily Arrow, book by Scott Campbell, accessed 11-28-17 (3:15)


IKEA Famnig Hjärta plush heart with arms, accessed 11-28-17

Lips shapes flannelboard to go along with Five little kisses rhyme, both accessed 11-28-17

Every Child Ready to Read Skills and/or Practices

Print Conventions/Awareness: Hugs from Pearl (Schmid) and Hugless Douglas (Melling) have many words that are spelled with all capital letters to convey emphasis. When you read a sentence with emphasized words, make a quick aside to point out the words and demonstrate how you knew to read them with emphasis.

Background Knowledge: While reading A little bit of love (Platt), see if children can guess what the mama mouse intends to make with the ingredients they pick up along their journey.

Letter Knowledge: The words “hug” and “hugs” are bolded wherever they appear in The perfect hug (Walsh, Abbot). Point this out the first few times you read them and then see if before you start to read the next page, the kids can point to “hug” or “hugs” on the page for you.

Vocabulary: Picture books often use unusual words, or rare words, in the text. One great example is Slug needs a hug (Willis) because it uses words such as “aghast,” “astonishing,” and “inspection.”

Phonological Awareness: Rhyming books such as Won’t you be my hugaroo? (Ryder) promote the awareness of the smaller sounds in words -- a skill kids need when learning to read.

Sing: Kids sing along with songs played during storytime.

Talk: Ask the kids to share with you/each other what kinds of animals they would or would not kiss.

Read: See the tip for letter knowledge above.

Write: Kids write out their own nametags.

Play: Encourage kids and parents/caregivers to experiment giving each other different kinds of hugs—bear hugs, gentle hugs, sleepy hugs, etc.

Possible Asides to Parents & Caregivers: Take advantage of every opportunity to play with rhyme and the sounds of words. Have fun this week as you rhyme around town! A good word to start with: hug.

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Domain: Language, Literacy and Communications:

Language comprehension

Social conversation

Vocabulary and syntax


Motivation, engagement

Phonological awareness

Letter recognition

Concepts of print

Comprehension of narrative text

Storytime Implemented for 2- & 3-year-olds

                Storytime brought to you by the letter ‘H’ or the letter ‘K’ or the letter ‘L’

Kiss, kiss (Wild) (Print awareness/read: point to the words “Kiss, kiss.”)

                “I love my mommy” – with rhythm sticks


                Five little kisses rhyme with flannelboard

Hugs from Pearl (Schmid)

“I love it” – with egg shakers/maracas

Hearts and kisses fingerplay

Dinosaur Kisses (Stein)

Art project: Sign language I love you handprint

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