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Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a Gold Medal winner of the International Publisher Awards, and a featured title in the LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary app. It was selected as a Child’s Grief Awareness Day book-of-the-month, and also featured three years in a row for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is also available in a bilingual Spanish-English edition — please see our listing under "Besos de sol, abrazos de luna".
The book has been recommended as a new favorite resource by organizations that help children coping with a variety of issues such as an incarcerated parent, moving, adoption, foster care, separation, displacement, immigration/refugee, shelter stays, military families/deployed parents, bereavement.and more.
Whenever a child is in need of reassurance that they are loved, now and forever, this book will show them signs of love that exist all around them – from snowflakes to rainbows, tree hugs and whispering breezes, to each grain of sand on the beach…we can always feel the love shining at us from the people in our hearts.
Hugs by moon, kisses by sun, I’ll always love you, Little One.
There are a number of books written for children to try to help them through the bumpy passage of separation, divorce, or loss. I like Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, by Susan Schaefer Bernardo and Courtenay Fletcher (2017, Inner Flower Child Books). This lovely picture book encourages children to explore the nature of love. The message is: No matter how far apart we are, I will always find a way to tell you I love you. Have tissues handy; this sweet and poignant message will resonate deeply with everyone. –Amy Dickinson, as appeared on June 3, 2018 in the Ask Amy syndicated advice column in 150+ newspapers
Through delightful question and answer dialogue accompanied by vibrant, engaging illustrations, the authors capture the curiosity and fears of childhood with loving reassurances. The intertwining of nature and storytelling is nicely done and adds to the feeling of parental love knowing no bounds. This book will easily become a bedtime favorite for children of any age and really should be a part of every home library. Beautifully done! –Stacey M, MLIS, Children’s Librarian
Why I like this book: Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is pure poetry and a visual feast for the eyes. Written and illustrated by two friends, Susan and Courtenay have taken a sad subject about separation and created a beautiful consoling book for children. It is written in dialogue, but is very lyrical and inspirational. It is the perfect book to use with children when they are dealing with separation from a parent because of deployment or job, loss, illness, divorce, and tragedy. The dialogue in the book gives kids the vocabulary to feel connected and to feel the presence of a loved one and it s all done through signs of nature. The illustrations are big, vibrant and breathtaking, and include children from all cultures. The book is simply beautiful! –Patricia Tilton, ChildrensBooksHeal website