Kathryn Madeline Allen

Children's Book Author | Educator | Presenter

A Kiss Means I Love You

A Kiss Means I Love You

by Kathryn Madeline Allen
photographs by Eric Futran
published by Albert Whitman & Company

A Kiss Means I Love You is an interactive picture book that helps you teach children the meanings of facial expressions and gestures. Children will wave, clap, and cheer along with you as you read the light, rhyming verse paired with delightful photos of babies and young children.

Appearing on many best books lists, A Kiss Means I Love You is especially suitable for preschool and early elementary settings. It makes a wonderful baby gift and can easily become a part of your child’s bedtime routine.

A kiss means I love you,
a wave means hello,
a smile means I’m happy,
a tug means let’s go!

Publisher’s Comments:

Featuring engaging photographs of young children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches little ones about nonverbal communication.

Recognition and Lists:

  • Best Books for Babies 2013: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, The Fred Rogers Company, Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, 2013 Baker’s Dozen: Pennsylvania Center for the Book
  • Best of the Best Books 2013: Chicago Public Library
  • Distinguished Books List: Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California
  • Texas Library Association 2013 2×2 Reading List
  • 10 Multicultural Children’s Books About Love: I’m Not the Nanny (website by Thien-Kim Lam)
  • 2013 Gradiva® Award Finalist: National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis


“…the book is a solid introduction to a range of human expressions and the concept of nonverbal communication.”  Kirkus Reviews

“Allen and Futran have created a book with a purpose that is also fun to read….The rhythm of the text is bouncy and easy to read aloud. This title will work well in a program or one-on-one.”  School Library Journal

“. . . this inviting picture book offers opportunities for observation, empathy, and open-ended discussion.”  Booklist (Online Review)

“This is a wonderful tool for parents and teachers of young children with autism to help them understand the constant, “hidden” language of nonverbal communication swirling all around!”  Autism Society of Michigan

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