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Daddy Hugs

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  444 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Daddy loves to give Baby hugs to say "I love you!"

Now Baby and Daddy can cuddle and count along with this hug-and-read book perfect for Baby's teeny, tiny hands.
Board Book, 32 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Little Simon (first published 2005)
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Carolyn Hart
Bright, cheery illustrations depict a baby girl and her father. As the day unfolds, they share all sorts of affectionate, happy moments.

One “I’m so glad you’re my baby!” hug. Two teeny, tiny finger hugs. Three pat and burp the baby hugs.”

A great choice for infants and toddlers, Daddy Hugs 1 2 3 is all the more special because it shows a dad who takes responsibility for all aspects of his daughter’s care.

Highlighted in our Terrific Picture Books About Fathers and Fatherhood post
Kristina Silverbears
Sep 08, 2015 Kristina Silverbears rated it really liked it
Shelves: babies
An absolutely adorable book, though with a limited story and occasionally annoying text. While I don't mind reading "I love you" ten times in a row to my little ones by the fifth time through the book it does become a bit tedious- for me, if not for them. Presently their favorite activity in this book is playing spot the kitty who is on almost every page.
I appreciated that the daddy was depicted playing and helping his child, though I wish he had done more care-oriented tasks like feeding or cha
Tara Passini
Jun 29, 2014 Tara Passini rated it really liked it
My husband always complains of the lack of reading promoting positive paternal role-models in books. When I noticed this under Karen Katz's boardbooks on Amazon, I was thrilled to find a compromise between stories with great male influences and books my toddler will actually sit through. We've had this book for a month now and it's still one of my son's favorites. He loves to sit on the floor and go page by page through the pictures, even when he's playing by himself. Plus, the construction is p ...more
Jade Ralston
This was a sweet book. It showed a father and child and their relationship. It counted to 10, which is important. It showed the loving nature of the dad, which is good. "One, I'm so glad you're my baby hug" (Katz, 2007, pg 2) I feel like in books moms are always the ones who are the loving ones. The pictures were colorful and appropriate. I liked this book and felt this would be good in a pre-k and kindergarten classroom.
Sophia Martin
Oct 27, 2012 Sophia Martin rated it really liked it
Daddy Hugs is a counting book written and illustrated by Karen Katz. This book, though, spans beyond just teaching how to count to ten. It portrays a father's involvement with his daughter. Karen Katz and her husband adopted a daughter from Guatemala, perhaps this is what influenced this book. Karen
Katz not only teaches counting but shows how not only mothers care your their children like the stereotypes will say, but fathers do as well ("One "I'm so glad you're my baby," -three "pat and burp t
Jan 02, 2016 AJ rated it liked it
Jun got me this one for Father's Day. I like it, and hopefully our kid(s) will, too! As the title suggests, it's all the different types of hugs a dad might give. Only a couple of words per page, so it would be easy for a newer reader, and also short for keeping attention of little ones.
Hannah Pierce
Sep 21, 2015 Hannah Pierce rated it liked it
Daddy hugs are the best kinds of hugs there are. Even thought this book may not be the most useful book, it is thought provoking. For me, daddy hugs are special, unique, and the best things ever. This book made me want to go to my dad and just have him hub because that reminded me of how much I love them in such stressful time. This a very sweet book that has a good intended and extended audience.
Beloved Girl
Jan 31, 2016 Beloved Girl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j1-j3
I didnt know that there is also a daddy hugs book. It is such a warm and adorable book.
I love "I'm so glad you are my baby!"hug. "Yay, you did it! " first-step hugs make me feel proud of myself. "Dont be afraid of the dark" hugs is like im guarded by daddy's arms. Most of all, I like daddy says "I love you."
Julia Campbell
Sep 24, 2015 Julia Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This little story was great fun.

This little story was great fun. We can cuddle, count, and do all the hugs in the book. A great interactive story!
Valeria Irais
Dec 31, 2015 Valeria Irais rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Se lo regale a mi papá de día del padre, me gusta que la conmigo y me la en las noches antes de dormir
Robert Beveridge
Nov 10, 2012 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it
Karen Katz, Daddy Hugs 1-2-3 (Scholastic, 2005)

Basic, and extremely cute, counting book focusing on the bond between a father and a child (and a nosy cat who pops up in every picture, making it good for find-the-object type games when the child gets a little older). The only problem I have with it is nitpicky; it seems like things are out of order (some stuff towards the beginning would seem to infer a child who can already walk, while later pictures are definitely infant-based), but most people
Oct 15, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
Our 18-month old daughter loved this book. We read it almost every night for nearly two months.
Mar 23, 2015 H rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Okay, not amazing. Couldn't imitate the hugs at each number while sitting together at bedtime.
Apr 18, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
Shelves: storytimes
This is very cute! It doesn't really needed counting though.
Feb 25, 2013 Asho rated it really liked it
This isn't the clearest counting book in the world because it doesn't illustrate the numbers. For instance, there is no real way to illustrate four "first-step hugs." The numerals on every page aren't always prominent, either. For that reason I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a counting book. It is, however, a beautifully sweet story about a father's love for his baby. Even though we're well into the twenty-first century, books still seem to portray mothers as caregivers more often than f ...more
Ruth Ann
Perfect for a father's day storytime!
Melenia Gibson
Mar 12, 2016 Melenia Gibson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great counting book.
Sep 09, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it
Kate Ditzler
Jun 29, 2011 Kate Ditzler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I bought this book for my husband's first father's day. We've decided that Mother's Day and Father's Day is about gifts that make us better parents. This book has become part of our daughter's bedtime routine, and she smiles right through the book.

Her reactions to being read this book is its own review:
Jun 06, 2011 Hyrum rated it liked it
I like this book because while it doesn't specifically endorse any particular parenting style outright, the pictures make it seem like co sleeping is good. I bear my testimony that co sleeping makes me happy and dependent. I don't know why my parent's bought me a crib or sprung for the extra bedrooms when it is clear that I'm perfectly happy with them.
Jun 16, 2015 June rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: father requests for the very young
The caregivers and mothers were really in to this. It is so nice to have everyone so involved in lap time. 6/12/13

Used again this year. Group started off small so I was okay with the board book. 6/10/14

The toddler picked this one, but went off exploring again...

Used also in lap time, since the group starts off small.
Feb 16, 2009 Joanna rated it it was amazing
Colorful, texture-filled pictures show love expressed between a daddy and his baby through different sorts of hugs--from "you did it! first step hugs" to "teeny-tiny finger hugs." I love that it shows and encourages attachment and tenderness between a father and his baby.
Oct 20, 2013 Zoey rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Another book that fit my criteria of being a board book about dad and baby. It's simple, almost too sweet, and it's aesthetic is more grocery store than hipster cool, but it communicates the many ways dad shows his love for baby throughout the day. So I think it works!
Jun 21, 2009 Josiah rated it did not like it
A nice story with a definite sense of appeal. The illustrations and text are both simple, and fit well together. It's nice to see a book about a really involved and affectionate father.
Sep 27, 2015 Melissa added it
Shelves: 2010s
I'm about 97% sure this was Connor's first read aloud book. The other 3% is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Poor middle child, Mom is awful! He was 5.
Aug 13, 2010 Erika rated it really liked it
Gave me lots more ideas of ways to tickle and hug Gillian.

"Gotcha HUGS!!!" Aha. I love it.
Baby Isabel
Sep 22, 2011 Baby Isabel marked it as to-read
John: fathers got to get some love too. (we changed 'Daddy' to 'Papa' throughout)
Feb 19, 2011 Ledys rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
We love Karen Katz. This book is very sweet and beautifully illustrated.
Sep 05, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Daddy loves to give Baby hugs to say "I love you."

Bedtime Story
Sep 19, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-books
I had hubby read this to baby. It makes me teary eyed...
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Karen Katz has written and illustrated many books for children, including The Colors of Us, Can You Say Peace, My First Ramadan, Counting Kisses and Where is Baby's Belly Button. Long inspired by folk art from around the world, she was inspired to write her first book, Over the Moon, when she and her husband adopted their daughter from Guatemala, and she wanted to tell the story of welcoming Lena ...more
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