Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I began this board book (with lift-the-flap magnetic hand) four years ago as a way to empower young children by showing the many important, loving things that little hands can do. In fact, the original title was What Can A Little Hand Do? My editor loved the idea of blowing a kiss, which I had on one of the inside pages. So the title became A Little Hand Can Blow A Kiss, and then further evolved into the shortened, final title: A Kiss For You!
I made numerous dummies of the book to figure out the best way for the hand to move as a lift-the-flap. The hand folds over on each page in turn, and Scholastic had the idea of adding a magnet so the hand would stay in place easily, until lifted.
Caroline Jayne Church's adorable illustrations added just the right touch that brought the story alive. I hope you and your child enjoy this book, which so many loving hands and minds came together to create.
From Publishers Weekly: "Readers can engage with this sunny board book by maneuvering a hand-shaped flap attached to the back cover, in seven scenes. Gently lifting the hand up and down makes a blonde girl softly pat a puppy. Elsewhere, a boy blows a kiss with the hand, and a brunette girl can play "peek-a-boo, I see you!" with readers...a fun, engaging gimmick. Ages 2–4. (Sept.)"
A Kiss For You!
Author: Joan Holub, readertotz co-founder
Caroline Jayne Church, fabulous illustrator
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books