I Need a Hug

Written by Aaron Blabey

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • making inferences from the pictures
  • rhyme
  • subjective pronouns (I, you)


All poor little porcupine wants is a hug, but having such prickly spikes makes it really hard to find someone willing to give him a cuddle. Luckily, however, he finds another animal who understands just how it feels to be rejected by all the other animals…

I Need a Hug is a short, but funny story with simple rhyming text. The dialogue can easily be extended by making predictions about what the characters might be thinking or saying on the wordless pages. The illustrations lend themselves really well to drawing inferences as they wonderfully capture the emotions of each character. The repetitive phrases make this a great choice for targeting grammatical goals, particularly the subjective pronouns ‘I’ and ‘you’. This book has a beautiful message of acceptance and friendship. After all, everyone just wants to feel loved.

For further speech and language targets in I Need a Hug, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Action Sequence

Story Plot: Wishing Tale

  • acceptance
  • animals
  • hugging
  • humour
  • porcupines

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /d/ - cuddle, need, kind, mind
  • /g/ - get, hug
  • /h/ - hug, help, hey, how
  • /k/ - cuddle, Ken (character), kind, kiss, spikes
  • /l/ - Lou (character), will, cuddle, all
  • /n/ - need, no, minute, again
  • /w/ - will, what, with, won't, well, away
  • modal (will)
  • negative (no)
  • subjective pronouns (I, you)
  • action verbs (hug, cuddle)
  • labelling
  • making inferences
  • quantitive (all)
  • acceptance
  • sequencing
  • dialogue
  • repetition for emphasis
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by Scholastic Press in 2015 (ISBN: 9781407173023)

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