Picture Book Review: Want a Hug?

Want a Hug? by Christine Babinec MA  LPC  NCC

Want a Hug?: Consent and Boundaries for Kids
by Christine Babinec MA LPC NCC, Vivian Mineker (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

This book talks about consent and boundaries in a simple way that is easy for young children to understand. Sometimes we don’t want to hold hands or hug, and that is okay. Sometimes we are happy to say yes to a hug, and then might change our mind later. That is okay too. Maybe we don’t want to be pushed higher on the swings, or maybe we don’t want to be tickled. It’s good to say “No” politely. We need to respect when other people say “No” as well.

I love that this book talks about a difficult subject in a clear and healthy way. It’s simple enough for children to relate to what is being taught, and the story shows some examples of situations where children can set their own boundaries to say yes or no. We each have the power to control our own decisions.

The illustrations are fun and happy, giving a light-hearted feeling to a serious subject, so that it doesn’t become too negative. Boundaries are safe to discuss with anyone, and we can feel proud and happy whether our answer is yes or no. Every page is colorful and full of smiling faces, further reinforcing the good messages of the book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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