Storytime with Karen – Love & Kisses

It was Valentine’s Day and Library Lover’s Day on 14 February. So with love still in the air I chose to take a look at our ‘Kisses’ themed Storytime. According to Jack, the protagonist in Kisses are Yuk!, “kisses are yucky, sucky and very unlucky”. In contrast, Abby, the protagonist in All my Kisses, loves kisses so much that she stores them all in a special bucket. Whatever your take on kisses, there is an abundance of children’s picture books about them. 

I wonder if this dog likes kisses? It would seem his owner does!

Image: pixabay



written by Julia Jarman and illustrated by Erica-Jane Waters.

Kisses are Yuk!

If there’s one thing that Jack really dislikes it’s being kissed! He thought kisses were sucky, mucky, yucky and unlucky! And with so many aunts and uncles and other family members there seems to be no avoiding them. What’s a boy to do? This is a fun story with a rhythm that flows well. The funny and vivid illustrations add more humour to the story.

All My Kisses

This is a sweet story about giving and receiving love. Abby loves getting kisses. She collects them in a special bucket and won’t let them go. But what happens to kisses when they’re not shared? Abby’s kisses begin to lose their special glow when she keeps them all for herself. What will Abby do when they turn into a pile of bleak, grey pebbles?


written by Kerry Brown and illustrated by Jedda Robaard.


written by Eoin McLaughlin and illustrated by Polly Dunbar.

While We Can’t Hug

This is one of a whole new Covid category of inspirational children’s books. It is dedicated to all the children who can’t hug the ones they love. Hedgehog and Tortoise are the best of friends. But they’re not allowed to hug. So they discover other ways to show someone you love them. They waved, blew kisses, wrote letters and painted pictures of rainbows. This is a heart-warming picture book that shows you can still feel loved even while social distancing. The beautiful illustrations show Hedgehog and Tortoise still having fun together but from a safe distance.



Blow Me a Kiss!

Crafty Idea

Let’s make a Kiss Emoji!

You will need:

  • Paper plate 
  • Skewer or straw
  • Tape
  • Yellow paint or crayon
  • Kiss Emoji template
  • Crayons to colour with or a colour printer
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors


  • Colour or paint the paper plate yellow.
  • Print template.
  • Colour in and cut out the template pieces.
  • Paste the pieces onto the paper plate as shown in the diagram on the template.
  • Tape a skewer or straw to the back of the Kiss emoji.
  • This emoji likes blowing kisses!

Did You Know?

It is thought that the phrase, ‘I love you to the moon and back’ originated from the classic children’s picture book, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. While the book may not be the first place in which the phrase appeared, it certainly helped to popularize it in the twentieth century.