A Kiss Means I Love You

“A kiss means I love you, a wave means hello, a smile means I’m happy, a tug means, let’s go!” Featuring engaging photographs of real children and sweet rhyming text, this fun read-aloud teaches little ones about nonverbal communication.

  • 24 Pages
  • 9" x 9"
  • 9780807541869
  • September 2012

Buy from Albert Whitman

  • 16 Pages
  • 6.5" x 6.5"
  • 9780807541890
  • January 2016

Buy from Albert Whitman

  • 9780807541883
  • September 2012

Other Places to Buy


  • The smooth, simple text, solidly kid-centric concepts, and clear, inviting photos make this incredibly useful to parents, teachers, and librarians.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • 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

Awards & Accolades

  • Best Books for Babies 2013
  • 2013 Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy, Pennsylvania Center for the Book
  • 2013 Gradiva Award for Best Children's Books Finalist
  • 2013 Texas 2 x 2 Reading List
  • A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book 2013 - Picture Books


Eric Futran

Common Core

RI.K-2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10 RF.K.2a