Coming November 15, 2022 from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
How To Send A Hug
a picture book about the journey of hugs across miles in the form of handwritten letters and their power to keep us all connected.
Back in 2020, when we were all in lockdown, I was working from home. After work, there wasn’t much else to do, aside from some yoga, or a run…and then what?
Well, I started writing more and more letters, some to friends, some to strangers, and they’d write me back, too. I’ve always loved letter writing— something instilled in me from a young age when my mother, a kindergarten teacher, taught me how to write. Writing letters was good practice for learning the alphabet and stringing words together.
How do you start a letter? Ask how the person is doing? Ask about their family, their pets? Their hobbies? Share yours. Write what you feel. Those were always good starters, and once I was started, I could write everything out.
One day, while I was writing some letters, my husband John asked me, “What about making a book about writing letters?” He then asked, “What is a letter to you? What are you doing when you’re writing letters?”
“I’m sending hugs,” I replied. “Telling my friends and family I care about them, that I love them.” And the rest is history.
I hope you enjoy How to Send a Hug, and thank you for stopping by!
See some of the books I made in 2nd & 3rd grade! You will not be disappointed.