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Daddy Hugs

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  353 ratings  ·  24 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
Tara Passini
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
Sophia Martin
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
Robert Beveridge
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
Mar 23, 2015 H rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: children
Okay, not amazing. Couldn't imitate the hugs at each number while sitting together at bedtime.
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!
Kate Ditzler
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:
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
We love Karen Katz. This book is very sweet and beautifully illustrated.
Daddy loves to give Baby hugs to say "I love you."

Bedtime Story
I had hubby read this to baby. It makes me teary eyed...
Cute and simple counting book for daddy and baby.
Babies love to read about everyday activities.
One of my daughter's favourites!
Sep 09, 2010 Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Gave to Daddy for first Father's Day.
Daddys' hugs are always SPECIAL
Katie marked it as to-read
Jul 24, 2015
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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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