Eileen Spinelli has written more than forty books for children. Maybe you have a favorite...Heat Wave, When You are Happy, Sophie's Masterpiece, Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch or one of her others you can find here at her website. One of her newest books is titled The Best Story Ever and was one of my summer buys. It is a great read about a young writer trying to figure out just what a good story needs. Franki reviews it here.
I am really looking forward to her book coming out December 23 called Hug a Bug. This book ( of which I had a sneak peek) is another great find for primary readers and classrooms. Eileen nearly begins each page with Hug...hug who you ask? She invites readers to Hug your pillow. Hug your pet. Hug the mailman-don't forget. The story is repetitive, rhymes and has a happy, sweet message. Even if you aren't completely comfortable with unexpected hugging, you'll love the way Eileen is tapping into one of the most simple ways to express care, thanks, concern or love..a hug. I love the last page...Hug a neighbor passing by. Hug the whole wide world...or try.