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Bear Hugs and Sock Bugs: A Collection of Wacky and Wonderful Poems for Kids

ISBN: 9781941216125
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Alicia Hogan Murphy
Illustrator: Rachael Balsaitis
Pages: 32
Trim: 8.75 x 9.75 inches
Published: 05/01/2016

It may be a new age, surrounded by new technology, but our core values still remain the same. In the "feel-good" spirit of Free to Be You and Me and Shel Silverstein, there is a new, fresh voice on the scene, sending our youngest generation, through humor and rhyme, messages of strong self-esteem, the importance of YOU and lessons of kindness. Enhanced by the adorable and comical art of Rachael Balsaitis, this collection is also destined to become a favorite for generations to come.

Alicia Hogan Murphy and Rachael Balsaitis have teamed up to create a beautiful book full of silliness, family love, friendship, and self-discovery. These poems and illustrations will make children blush, giggle, and remember the importance of being their authentic selves.


Alicia Hogan Murphy knew at the age of 8 that she wanted to be a children's author. She loves working with words to create stories and poems that make children believe in themselves and their dreams. When she isn't writing her books or working as Content Coordinator of a local magazine, Alicia enjoys baking, exercising, and spending time with her husband, her 3 children, her dog, and her friends.

Rachael Balsaitis is an artist and illustrator based in Minneapolis, MN. After having illustrated many picture books, Rachael now enjoys ink work featuring mostly animals. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she spent a grat deal of time focusing on realism. The details and designs of the natural world bring an energy and interest that Rachael aims to bring to her work