Coronavirus is getting in the way of giving hugs, and the hugs are not happy about it – they’re needed more now than ever! This delightful free e-picture book, produced by the Australian Childhood Foundation and illustrated by Jess Racklyeft, personifies hugs into cute little fluffy creatures, who work together as a team to keep love and good wishes circulating, despite the need to put physical hugs on hold for a little while (although it is made clear that people sharing a home are still allowed to hug). Hugs are re-defined in many different ways that don’t involve wrapping your arms around another person – by being kind and thoughtful, connecting and sharing, and keeping a sense of humour. The positive actions of key workers are also described as hugs, which is a nice touch. The final page of the book provides instructions so that a child can make their own hug out of cotton wool and other easily located craft supplies.
This story can be downloaded free of charge here