Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugspdf_coverLRSun Kisses, Moon Hugs

Susan Bernardo, Author

Courtenay Fletcher, Illustrator

Inner Flower Child Books, Fiction, Nov. 15, 2012

Suitable for:  Ages 4 and up

Themes:  Separation, Anxiety, Grief, Divorce, Inspirational, Reassurance

Opening/Synopsis:  “No matter how far apart we are, I’ll always find ways to tell you I love you./ How?/ From wherever we stand, you see the moon and I see the moon.  That is how we can send each other hugs./ Moon hugs?/  Yes, moon hugs.”  This story is told through the seasons and delivers a very powerful message to children — love is eternal.   

Why I like this bookSun Kisses, Moon Hugs is pure poetry and a visual feast for the eyes.   Written and illustrated by two friends,  Susan and Courtenay have taken a sad subject about separation and created a beautiful consoling book for children.  It is written in dialogue, but is very lyrical and inspirational.  It is the perfect book to use with children when they are dealing with separation from a parent because of deployment or job, loss, illness, divorce,  and tragedy.   The dialogue in the book gives kids the vocabulary to feel connected and to feel the presence of a loved one — and it’s all done through signs of nature. The illustrations are big, vibrant and breathtaking, and include children from all cultures.  The book is simply beautiful!

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Favorite rhymes:

“But the moon doesn’t have any arms!/It’s true the moon cannot reach down to hold your hand, but she is strong enough to pull waves onto sand./Her invisible arms rock the tides by night and day, like my love holds you safely when I am away.”

“But when I wake up, the moon will be gone!/ Ahh, but then we can send each other kisses by dawn.  When you open your eyes and see the sun rise, just do this…blow a kiss.”

“From the heavens above to earth below, there are infinite ways to say hello.  Love is in each star twinkling in space and every frosty snowflake tickling your face.”

Resources:  The book alone is a beautiful resource.   Children will be wide-eyed with questions as you snuggle with them to read Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs.   You may visit the author’s website for more information.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

This book has been provided to me free of charge by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review of the work. 

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

42 thoughts on “Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs

  1. Hi Pat…this looks awesome so I posted it with a link to your review on both my FB pages. (Wendy kupfer and Let’s Hear It For Almigal) I hope all is well. Regards, Wendy

    Wendy Kupfer Let’s Hear It For Almigal (Handfinger Press) Please Visit my webpage:

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  2. I love the beautiful colours and the poetry is wonderful. I’ve heard this concept before about the moon joining people, this is absolutely beautiful!


  3. Pat, I just wanted to let you know again how thankful I am for your site. I just lost a friend — a young mother — to brain cancer. I found two books on your site about grieving that I plan to buy for her children (ages 7, 4 and 2). Thanks again for maintaining such a wonderful resource.


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  5. Hi Patricia and Readers! I wanted to let you all know that we have added lots of wonderful healing art activities to our website – and i have started a blog about creativity/healing to accompany Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs and The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm! Hopefully these will be helpful resources for families, teachers and therapists working to heal children coping with loss, grief and trauma. Patricia – I am so grateful for your wonderful reviews that continually introduce us all to wonderful new books that help kids! xoxo


    • Thank you for sharing your updated website. I love the idea of focusing on creativity and healing. Will also share on other sites. Your books are so beautiful. I love giving them as gifts. So cool that the First Lady read your latest book with LeVar Burton and that it is also being read on the Space Station.


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