Sunday, October 2, 2011

A Kiss For You!: Joan Holub celebrates a magnetic new release

Stepping outside the middle grade box today to celebrate my fall board book (with lift-the-flap magnetic hand) release, which I just found out is in Target! This book began four years ago as a way to empower young children by showing the many important, loving things that little hands can do. In fact, the original title was What Can A Little Hand Do? My editor loved the idea of blowing a kiss, which I had on one of the inside pages. So the title became A Little Hand Can Blow A Kiss, and then further evolved into the shortened, final title: A Kiss For You!

I made numerous dummies of the book to figure out the best way for the hand to move as a lift-the-flap. The hand folds over on each page in turn, and Scholastic had the idea of adding a magnet so the hand would stay in place easily, until lifted.

Caroline Jayne Church's adorable illustrations added just the right touch. I hope you and your child enjoy this book, which so many loving hands and minds came together to create.

~ Joan

A Kiss For You!
ages 2-5
Author: Joan Holub
Caroline Jayne Church, fabulous illustrator
Scholastic, Cartwheel Books
fall 2011


  1. Very cool, Joan. You always have such fun ideas!

  2. What an original idea! Two, actually--the clever pop-up, but also the idea that little hands can really be helpful. Love it!