I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review + Giveaway [Children’s Bedtime Story]

Im Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review

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I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review + Giveaway

My little guy loves reading! I’ve always been a voracious reader and it’s my hope that my children are the same way. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that my 2-year-old already likes to read books on his own. And by read, I mean that he says “words words words words words” as he moves through the pages. Close enough, right?

In all seriousness, our storytimes are some of my favorite parts of the day. I really think they are some of Colton’s favorite times, too. If your children love reading, you’ll want in on this I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review + Giveaway!

Im Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review

So Many Hugs to Share

To encourage his interest in reading, we let Colton pick out his own books to read before naps and bed. His current favorite book is I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug by Caroline B. Cooney. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug uses animal comparisons to demonstrate different hugs for a child. The hugs include a bear hug, a dog hug (“knock over chairs, chase up the stairs”), a horse hug (“grab the mane, race through rain”), and several more.

The animal theme is perfect for my son, as he loves learning about different animals. As we move through the pages, he enjoys telling me what noise each animal makes. Best of all, he also likes acting out the hugs! There’s nothing I love more than a hug from my son, which is why I’m also a big fan of I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!

Im Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review

Illustrations Capture Their Attention

Tim Warnes is the book’s illustrator, and he did an amazing job. The illustrations capture Colton’s attention and hold his interest, which is a huge feat when you’re talking about a 2-year-old. Not many things hold his interest these days! I’m sure other parents can relate.

One detail I particularly enjoyed in the illustrations is that the main character brings his teddy bear along for each of his hug adventures. Colton loved finding the stuffed bear on each page and excitedly pointing the bear out to me.

Im Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a perfect bedtime story. At the end of the book, the child receives a “just right, turn off the light, sleep tight” bear hug. Reading this story is a great way for a child to wind down before bedtime, ending with a big hug from mom and dad.

Officially, I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is for ages 4-8, but my 2-year-old already enjoys the story. We have the hardcover version, however, there is also a board book available for the younger readers, as well as a Kindle version.

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug Giveaway

And now, for the most exciting part: as a thank you for providing this I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug review, I have a hardcover copy to give away to one lucky reader! This giveaway is open only to U.S. residents ages 18 and older. Use the form below to enter the I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug giveaway:

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Im Going to Give You a Bear Hug Review

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  1. What a great recommendation.. I’ll have to pick it up for my nephew! My kids are 11 and 17 and both loved reading with me 🙂 Popping in from #fdflinkparty

    1. That is so sweet, Denise! I know I’ll miss these days once my son is old enough to read on his own and not need mama’s help. 😉

    2. Kathy Turner says:

      My nieces would love it.

  2. Angelica Dimeo says:

    Where the sidewalk ends

    1. That’s a great one, Angelica! I need to get it for my son.

  3. Yay!!! I love this book. Thanks for posting to the FanDayFriday Link Party! #fdflinkparty

    1. Me too, Patty! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. Darcy Koch says:

    Our favorite book to read together is James and the Giant Peach.

    1. That’s a good one, Darcy! I loved that story when I was younger.

  5. Desiree DeYoung says:

    Any book read to them or for my oldest any she can read!!!^_^

    1. That’s awesome that your oldest is reading on her own! It’s great to see them love reading at a young age.

  6. This looks like a cute book! I’m all about anything that will keep my 2yo entertained for a little while! Thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Two is a tough age to keep occupied! I was really impressed with how well this story held his attention. He’s been wanting to read it for several nights in a row now. That’s a win in our house!

  7. She likes the original Winnie the Pooh book with lots of extra long stories.

    1. That’s awesome, Nancy! I liked those as a kid too.

  8. My kids love all books, my youngest really loves Dear Zoo right now.

    1. My son loves all books too! It’s so fun to see them enjoy reading.

  9. My grandson is loving God’s Easter Miracles by Lee Ann Mancini

    1. I haven’t seen that one before. I’ll have to look it up for next year. Thanks, Donna!

    1. Always a classic, Vera!

  10. Amber Ludwig says:

    My son is currently loving the Littlest Bunny in Wisconsin!! Its such fun prep for Easter 😉

    1. I haven’t heard about that one! I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the rec, Amber!

  11. I’ve heard such great things about this book. I love the pictures of you and your son reading it, so precious.

    1. Thank you, Sarah! It’s a new favorite around here!

  12. Julie Waldron says:

    My daughter’s favorite book at the moment is Corduroy.

    1. That’s one of my favorites too, Julie! My son is a little young to enjoy it, but I still read it to him sometimes anyway 😉

  13. He love any the the Bernstein Bears

    1. Those are classics! I liked them as a kid, too.

  14. Jessica W. says:

    My daughter’s favorite book at the moment is a crowd favorite, Goodnight Moon.

    1. It’s a classic for good reason, Jessica! My son loves that one, too. And so do I!

  15. Gina Ferrell says:

    My daughter’s favorite book is The Giving Tree right now!

    1. I like that one, Gina! Good pick!

  16. My child currently loves The Day the Crayons Came Home

    1. I’ve been wanting to read that one with my son!

  17. She loves this book called the Hippity Hoppity Bunny because it has a finger puppet.

    1. I love those books with the finger puppets! They’re so fun!

  18. Allyson Becker says:

    the Velveteen Rabbit.

    1. I loved The Velveteen Rabbit when I was little! That one is a classic!

  19. Cindy Peterson says:

    Drummer Hoff. It was also my nieces favorite book when she was two.

    1. I’d never heard of Drummer Hoff, so I just Googled it. It looks really cute! We’ll have to get it from the library. Thanks for the recommendation, Cindy!

  20. Kathy Pease says:

    My granddaughter loves green eggs and ham

    1. Dr. Suess books are always a hit! Great pick!

  21. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I gave my little nephew Clifford the Big Red Dog because my kids enjoyed it.

    1. The Clifford series were some of my favorites when I was younger! My son has a few of them, but he’s not too into them yet. Hopefully soon!

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