Simon the Hugger
Simon the sloth loves to hug. He hugs plants. He hugs rocks. He hugs his friends. He even hugs himself! So when his best friend, Elsa the jaguar, and others around him start saying no to his hugs, he is crushed. Why wouldn't someone want to be hugged? After being rejected several times, he learns that both he and his friends need to want a hug at the same time so they both feel comfortable.
This lighthearted story about a lovable, huggable sloth is a gentle introduction to the importance of receiving consent before offering physical affection to others, and respecting others' boundaries.
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About the Author
Stacy B. Davids, PhD, is a psychologist and a former special education teacher. Her highly praised picture book, Annie's Plaid Shirt, won Silver in the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. She lives in Florida and loves cats, cookies, and chocolate.
"[Simon] makes the topic of consent easy to grasp, especially for those encountering the subject for the first time." --Kirkus Reviews