The Kissing Hand
Written by Audrey Penn
Illustrated by by Ruth E. Harper & Nancy M. Leak
Picture book, 32 pages with stickers, Ages 3-8, $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-933718-00-2, Hardcover
Guided reading level: I; Grade level: 1-2; Reading Recovery level: 15-16
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»» Download activities
»» See inside: pages 6-7 and pages 12-13.
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called The Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children's classic that touches the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.
Common Core State Standards:
RL 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.2.6, 1.2.7
SL 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 1.2.4
To read the full standards, visit the CCSS website.
Happy Birthday Chester!
This year is a special year, the 20th birthday for The Kissing Hand and Chester Raccoon. In its honor, we have a special, limited edition of the book with a gold seal and an extra activity inside. Below is a birthday party kit to download and a zipper pull for sale.
Note to retailers: The special edition is being sold with the same ISBN number and price as the regular book. The anniversary edition is being shipped now for any Kissing Hand orders placed and will continue until the print run is exhausted, at which point the regular book will be shipped.
Birthday Party Kit
»» Download the Birthday Party Kit
Play pin-the-tail on Chester:
»» Download pdf for 8.5 X 11 printing
»» Download pdf for 11 x 17 printing
A Kissing Hand That Lasts!
Kissing Hand Zipper Pull, $8.99 each
Kids love Kissing Hand stickers, but those stickers don't last long, falling off hands and getting lost. With this zipper pull, little ones will have a Kissing Hand that will be close to them wherever they are, fastened on a jacket or a backpack. Made from soft plastic with a secure fastener, the pull has Chester's little paw on one side and a Kissing Hand circle on the other. This zipper pull is the perfect gift to go with the book for those times when kids need a little extra comfort.
You can also order the Kissing Hand zipper pull by calling us at 812-232-2465, or sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Retailers must contact us via phone or email to order.
More of The Kissing Hand:
Un Beso en Mi Mano (Spanish edition)
ISBN: 978-1-9337180-1-9, Hardcover, $16.95
Big Book edition (15" x 20.5")
ISBN: 978-1-933718-07-1, Hardcover, $28.95
Kissing Hand Sticker Sheet
40 individual stickers on each sheet, $0.50
Chester Raccoon Puppet Click here to see a larger picture.
We have also had a Chester costume created for school and library events. For more information on having Chester visit, please email us or call 812-232-2465.
The Kissing Hand Audio
Read by Heather Koren with music by Garth Koren
ISBN: 978-1-933718-10-1, Paperback with CD, $12.95, PT:13:25
Brought to life in audio form, this package includes a paperback book, a reading of the story on CD (with and without page-turn signals) and the new, original "Chester's Song" with lyrics by Audrey Penn and set to beautiful music.
"This gently reassuring tale by Audrey Penn has been used for many years by parents to prepare young children for new experiences.
Here it is performed by Heather Koren, with light, evocative, original background music and occasional sound effects...
A sweet song has been added, with lyrics by the author, and music by Garth Koren. This gentle story will provide young listeners
with a warm, fuzzy feeling of security."— SLJ Newsletter, Multimedia review
About the Author:
Audrey Penn takes her one-woman educational program, the Writing Penn, into schools, libraries, and children's hospitals where she shapes and refines her story ideas in partnership with kids. She is also highly sought after as a conference keynote speaker by groups of teachers and other professionals who work with children. Visit Audrey Penn's website.
Listen to Audrey Penn's Book Expo America Podcast.
About the Illustrators:
Ruth Harper, born in England, is a descendent of Sir Christopher Wren. She has been an art teacher, where she wrote an accredited art curriculum, presented seminars on art education, been a guest illustrator at elementary schools, and has donated many works to fund-raising events. Visit Ruth's website at www.rutheharper.com.
Maryland artist Nancy Leak is a specialist in printmaking. She works and exhibits with a group of seven women called Printmakers Plus, as well as with other local and national organizations. Her hand-pulled original etchings, many of them miniatures, have won recognition all over the United States.