The Kissing Hand

Bibliographic Information: Penn, Audrey. The Kissing Hand. Washington, D.C.: Child Welfare League of America, 1993.

Brief Annotation: Chester the raccoon is nervous about his first day of school.  His mother reassures him by telling him an old secret that will help Chester remember the love of his mom at home even while he’s at school.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Kindergarten-2

Reader who will like this: Students who enjoy books about animals, students who are nervous about school, students who are homesick

Rating/Response: 5, this book has beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming story that is perfect for both children and parents preparing for the first day of school.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Is anyone nervous about the first day of school?

Reading Strategy: First Days

Rationale for Strategy: This book talks about overcoming fears of starting a new school year, and is a great way for kids to feel not alone in a new space.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr


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