Are you looking for a book to help your child deal with separation anxiety or missing a loved one who is far away? If so, you need to add Sun Kisses and Moon Hugs/Besos De Sol y Abrazos de Luna by Susan Schaefer Bernardo to your shelves.

If your child struggles with separation anxiety or misses a loved one who lives far away, this book is for you. Find tips and activities to help overcome separation anxiety and a review of this beautiful book. #ReadYourWorld #separationanxiety #multiculturalkids

What is Sun Kisses and Moon Hugs/Besos de Sol y Abrazos de Luna About?

I was graciously given a copy of this book as a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day from Inner Flower Child Books.


When I first read this book, I found myself smiling while simultaneously tearing up. Helping children manage the sadness they feel while being far away from a loved one is not an easy task. However, Sun Kisses and Moon Hugs/Besos de sol y abrazos de luna uses the universal beauty of nature to remind us that wherever we are, we are all connected.

The book highlights all the different aspects of nature that connect us to our loved ones who live afar- the sun, moon, rain, rainbows, wind, trees, bugs and butterflies.

As soon as I read this book, I knew it would be a permanent member of our bookshelf and one I wanted to get into the hands of as many children as possible.

Sun Kisses and Moon Hugs/Besos de sol y abrazos de luna is a beautiful book that any family can use a tool for overcoming sadness or separation anxiety and a book you definitely want on your bookshelf.

Praise for Sun Kisses and Moon Hugs/Besos de sol y abrazos de luna

  • The book is fully bilingual.
  • The beautiful illustrations include a variety of diverse characters.
  • The idea of sending hugs and kisses through nature is an easy message for kids to understand and a wonderful way to help ease their sadness or separation anxiety.

What else can do you with Sun Kisses and Moon Hugs/Besos de Sol y Abrazos de Luna?

I am a big fan of incorporating activities to books to really make the stories come alive and connect them with real life. Here are some great ideas to help you do the same:

  • I love this DIY photo book titled “When we are Apart”. It is full of photos and memories that your children can look through to help them feel connected with those who are far away.
  • These Separation Anxiety Pocket Hearts are such a great idea to give kids something small to carry with them and remind them that you are near when they feel afraid. You could even switch up the design and turn them into suns and moons instead to better align with the book.
  • This Lovey Necklace is also a great way to keep loved ones close to your kids even when they are far away.
Si su nino/a sufre de ansiedad por separaciones, este libro es perfecto para su familia. El libro muestra como el mundo esta conectado por medio de la naturaleza. Tambien econtrara actividades y ideas para ayudar su hijo/a con su ansiedad por separaciones #ReadYourWorld

More Resources for Helping Kids with Separation Anxiety

If you need some more tips and resources to help your kiddos deal with the stress of being separated from a loved one or even from mom and dad a few hours while at school, check out these resources:

Four Steps for Helping Children with Separation Anxiety

12 Tips for Back to School Anxiety

5 Ways to Ease Separation Anxiety in Babies and Toddlers

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