Giveaway & Book Review – “I’m Going to Give You A Bear Hug!”

Giveaway & Book Review – “I’m Going to Give You A Bear Hug!”

Disclaimer: We received two of these books from the publisher – one to gift to a lucky reader and one for our boy. This review is based on his experience with the read and my background as a parent and writing/literacy teacher.

Have you ever had a “wiggly wriggly, Makes you giggly, Creepy crawly snug hug“? We recently added, “I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!” to our nap/bedtime book rotation and it’s been a fun experience for us. Reading is an activity we incorporate throughout our day: morning, before a nap and bedtime. It’s a great way to connect with each other through exploration, while providing a sense of comforting familiarity to our son.

On the initial read, he listened and watched with wide-eyed curiosity as the main character, a little boy, went on a hugging adventure towards his final stop, bedtime. After multiple reads, it’s fun to watch him excitedly point out and recall the animals, objects and actions he remembers. Throughout the day, he’ll randomly exclaim, “Horse Hug!” while running at us with arms and mouth wide open.

Not only are the illustrations vivid, but the depiction of familiar characters is expressive and engaging. We’re able to talk about the character’s emotions and interactions with one another. This gives us a lot to engage with in addition to the text, which is full of rhyme and needed repetition for a child’s language acquisition. You’ll enjoy reading this, especially if you’re swapping hugs throughout the story.

We look forward to hearing your experience with this book! You have until May 1st to enter for a chance to receive your gift that same month. Good luck!

Book Details: Hardcover / Size 11 x 9 1/4 / Author: Caroline B. Cooney / Illustrator: Tim Warnes

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  1. amandahrosson

    Awww this book looks so cute!!

  2. This looks and sounds like a cute book. Maybe it would convince my 4-going-on-14 year old to hug me more! lol

    • Yes! Did you enter for your chance to win a free copy? Just click that you entered a comment and you’ll be in the drawing.

  3. Such a wonderful book! Love our bear hugs!!!!

    Chelsea ||

  4. This book looks exactly like one my son would love! I tell him I am giving him bear hugs all the time. I definitely need to see if our local book store has this one. Thanks for the share!

  5. This sounds like a great book. I need to check this out for my kids.

  6. This book sounds like one my son would love! I always tell him I am giving him bug squishy bear hugs! I am definitely going to see if they have this at our local book store!

    • Thanks for entering the giveaway! If they don’t have it, you can order it from my site. Link is located at the end of the blog.

  7. The little one would be ecstatic to receive a book like this, wow! Thanks for the incredible opportunity and the insightful review.

  8. Great review!

  9. Top Form Teaching

    This would be a great addition to any child’s library.

  10. We live his book! Great giveaway.

  11. I’ve been having a challenging time reading Doll bedtime stories recently. She doesn’t want to read anything new but she seems bored of the ones she knows… maybe I could sneak this one in …

  12. Bear hugs are the best hugs – motto of life (and the kiddo’s too). Looks ADORABLE!

  13. presentfullmama

    I truly enjoy this author so I def want to check this book out. Thank you mama!

  14. sara lafountain

    We love to read books that make us happy!

  15. Kristi Mitchell

    This story sounds adorable!!! I’m so glad your little one loved it!

  16. The book looks like something my kiddos would enjoy!

  17. I saw this book at the book store a few weeks ago and almost bought it! I think I definitely need it now. Entered the give away!!!

  18. kayla8642

    Sounds like a very cute book with a wonderful message! I love the illustration on the cover…I think my son would enjoy this!

  19. This looks like such a fun book! I’ll have to add this to my supply for when my son is a little older. Thanks for the review!

  20. this looks like such a fun book! I bet my son would like it

  21. This looks so cute! I am a sucker for books about bears since my son is named Teddy!

  22. Looks like a great book. Love the cover page illustration too.

  23. This does look like a good book. whenever I can get my boys to sit still, they love a good bear hug and would love this story!

    • It’s amazing how they love to move 🙂 I’ll still read to him when he’s running around…amazing how much they process! Good luck with the giveaway!

  24. I have three grand-babies and they all seem to like different things. Oldest likes to read chapter books now in 2nd grade, 5 year old likes to read about cars, sports etc… 3 year old loves to be read to and enjoys books of his favorite toons.

  25. my niece would love this book. she loves interacting with books (:

  26. Sooo cute!! On my list for my little boy!

  27. Aw sounds like such a cute book! ❤

  28. Natasha Viecco

    This book looks so cute! Definitely going to enter!

  29. Looks like a great read! We would love a copy!

  30. Awww! This sounds like such a sweet story! Great post!

  31. Love an excuse for a good hug! 🙂

  32. So cute! I think my girls would love this book so I hope I win or else I’ll have to buy it ha ha

    • Thanks for entering in all the different ways possible 🙂 Good luck! If you have to buy it, the link I provided in the blog post is a pretty good deal.

  33. Oh what a cute book. I bet my toddler would love it.

  34. We love all different kinds of books. I would like to start introducing some books on empathy and tolerance.

  35. This book looks precious! I like be bear characters!

  36. Bright colors sweet story lovely,

  37. We’ll have to get the boys together this summer for some cooking adventures 🙂

  38. My daughter loves giving hugs and she would love this book! So sweet!

  39. Lauren Cunningham

    A “hugging adventure” sounds like the sweetest concept for a plot ever! What s great memory to share with your child’

  40. This looks like such a sweet book! And what a great giveaway!

  41. Such an adorable book. Will check it out for my kids!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  42. Nice review. Will check out the book for my active toddler. Thanks for sharing ♥

  43. Morgan Schoenrock.

    Great review! This book looks Darling.


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