The PBS reading calendar says that today is the beginning of Hug Week. How appropriate. I have had so much fun this term with my preschool classes reading Hugless Douglas by David Melling whose books I love. This book elicited lots of talk about hugs and how nice they are as well as lots of miming of the types of hugs illustrated on the rear endpages. And just as we were sharing this book the sequel about Douglas and his hat, Don't Worry Douglas! became available in the shops so we had to read it too. It had a very real childhood dilemma for the children to discuss. What would you do if you broke or damaged something that had just been given to you by your father? It was interesting what the children decided. It gave me a real insight into how they thought and the relationship they had with their fathers.
One of the children asked if there were anymore 'hug' books so we went off in search of some. I was surprised to find so many. Here are some:
• Hug by Jez Alborough
• Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell
• The Perfect Hug by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot
• Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
• Too Hot to Hug by Steve Smallman & Cee Biscoe