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No Hugs!

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Zara loves hugs, so she is confused and upset when her friend Alice doesn't want a hug. When the tables are turned, she appreciates her friend's perspective and realizes that a hug takes two willing individuals. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Amicus Ink
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Elizabeth Majka
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Consent is important. This is a great book to start a conversation about it, presenting it in a way that kids will recognize - sometimes you just don't want a hug. ...more
Carrie Finison
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In this book, Zara stands her ground and insists that she does not want a hug even though her friend Alice loves to give them and asks her repeatedly. At the climax of the story, Alice becomes upset with Zara for refusing to hug. At that point the tables are turned, with Zara asking her friend if she needs a hug, which Alice refuses. Finally they high five as a way of connecting at the end of the book that makes both of them happy. I thought that this brought up some interesting talking points a ...more
Holly Matthews
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book had the right idea, and I love that they are trying to start the conversation of content from a young age. However, I do think that there are some parts in the book where different vocabulary would have been more effective. This is a book that I do think I would read to my future children as a way to start that conversation, but I am not sure if it would go into my classroom library or not!
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm unsure on this one. I like that it talked about not wanting hugs. But then I don't like how it starts to feel like... maybe coercion is too strong a word, but like she HAS to give in because the other one is sad. No. It's ok not to want a hug. It IS also ok to change your mind, but not to do it because you feel like you MUST.

It definitely allows for conversation, but I'm not sure it does enough to stand on its own without conversation.
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I really liked reading the book, No Hugs! I thought it was a great book to teach little kids about consent through a children’s story. I also thought it was a perfect read during a time of COVID and socially distancing. I think this book does a good job of presenting an important concept in a way that children can understand.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some of us as children and adults do not like hugs. Or rather hugs are on our terms and with some people fine and others "No thanks." This book shows that even with a friend sometimes you don't want a hug and sometimes the friend doesn't want one. Asking for permission is good. ...more
Maleah Scheel
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book about consent. It reminds me of my younger cousin who was raised to believe that it is ok to say no to hugs, especially from strangers. I think it's important for all kids to be introduced to consent at a young age. ...more
I thought this book might explain why some people don't want to be hugged or touched, but it failed to do that. ...more
Danni Faith
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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How did they write my autobiography?
Madelyn Chandler
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought this was a pretty cute book, love the concept of consent behind it. This books is a great start to showing young children what consent looks like. I would read this book to my children.
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