Enjoy The Kissing Hand All Year Long

Countless children have been introduced to Chester Raccoon through The Kissing Hand. With over 6 million copies sold, the first title by Audrey Penn firmly shows that kids need characters with whom they can share their troubles. Chester’s fear of leaving home and venturing to school for the first time has touched the lives of countless children and families during times of transition and distress.

Teachers, librarians, and caregivers have used Chester’s story to bring calm to the anxious children in their care on the first days of school, but The Kissing Hand—the story that started off Chester’s adventures—can relate to so many more situations in a child’s life.

Here are a sampling of twelve of the 50+ occasions that The Kissing Hand is the perfect fit for, and we know you’ll agree!


New Year, New Experiences (Jan. 1, 2018)
A new year brings change, but Chester is proof that everything can be tackled with the power of love behind you!


Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2018)
Like Chester’s mother, give the gift of a kiss to a loved one this Valentine’s Day.


Lips Appreciation Day (Mar. 16, 2018)
With a kiss, lips bring the power of love to Chester.


ASL Day (Apr. 15, 2018)
A day all about the power of hands calls for a book all about the power of hands!


Mother’s Day (May 13, 2018)
Celebrate Mother’s Day by reading The Kissing Hand — a book that celebrates the beautiful relationship between a mother and her children.


Family History Day (June 14, 2018)
Your family’s history can hold many treasures, just as Mrs. Raccoon shares with Chester.


International Day of Friendship (July 30, 2018)
Chester learns that with new experiences comes new friends.


Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
The Kissing Hand is the perfect book for helping kids adjust to Kindergarten.


National Day of Encouragement (Sept. 12, 2018)
Chester’s story focuses on encouragement and overcoming your fears.


Great Books Week (First Full Week)
Celebrate this week all about inspiring kids to read with a book that was included in the 100 all-time best children’s books list — The Kissing Hand!


National Family Week (Nov. 18 – 24)
Practice love and warmth towards your family this
week, just as Mrs. Raccoon shows Chester in The Kissing Hand.


World Wildlife Conservation Day (Dec. 4)
Wildlife conservation is important. It saves the lives of countless animals like Chester and Mrs. Raccoon.

Want all 50+ holidays and occasions this story seamlessly relates to? Of course you do!

Each month, you’ll be able to consult this list and see just how The Kissing Hand can be of use to your family and friends, patrons and customers, throughout the year.

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