To the Little Readers (Read this part out loud to them):
Growing up can be fun, but scary too. Whenever you have to try something new, or do something all on your own for the very first time, it can be kind of scary. Have you ever been scared doing something on your own for the first time? Me too! But this month’s book is about a secret to help when you do something for the very first time. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is about little Chester Raccoon’s first day of school, his very first time doing something away from his mother. But his mother knows a secret to help him be brave and to not be lonely when he’s doing his first day of school, this big I’m-growing-up-first-time thing. It’s a secret that her mother told her, and her grandmother told her mother before her! It’s an old family secret that’s worked every time – a secret that can work for you and your family too! If you want to know the secret, you’ll have to read the book to find out!
To the Grown-Ups (Why I recommend this book):
The Kissing Handby Audrey Penn is a New York Times #1 Bestseller and a classic for a reason. The first day of school can be exciting or scary or exciting AND scary for a lot of little readers! And although the book is about the first day of school, the secret Mrs. Raccoon shares can work for a first sleepover, a first away game, a first anything where your child will be away from you or another special caregiver she or he wishes could be there with him or her. If you buy your own copy, there are some versions that come with special stickers which are great for interactive reading – but what I love about this book is that the secret in the story itself is perfect for interactive reading. Really, your child will not be able to help acting out the story with this book! I could tell you what the secret is…but I’d rather you get together with your little reader to find out!