A children series dedicated to friendship
The creation of the little bug who just wanted a hug sprouted from a character the author, Anna Church, had been using for years in her classes. She would have her elementary students design their own Hug-A-Bug to sit on their desks throughout the school year. When a child felt sad or alone, they could reach over and get a hug from their desk character. She taught for many years and traveled to 15 countries. When she moved back to the United States and retired, she wanted to continue to share her little friend, Hug-A-Bug. With her family support, she decided to create a series that she could share with the world. Hug-A-Bug, alongside Anna, continues to travel abraod, spreading the love and giving hugs to children around the world.
Anna Church, Author and Illustrator
Anna was born on an Iowa farm. However, when she got married and had two children she became a world traveler. She now has five grandchildren, but still has time to create her books with her partner, Nicole Taylor. The creation of the little bug who just wanted a hug sprouted from a character the author, Anna Church, had been using for years in her classroom. She has a B.S. and a M.S. in Elementary Education and has taught many years overseas. Her books and vivid illustrations are based on her overseas experiences and background in early childhood development. When she is not writing or illustrating children’s books, she is enjoying time with her grandchildren, designing quilts, studying yoga or hiking in new places.
Nicole Taylor, Author and Illustrator
Nicole Taylor spent her childhood throughout the United States, as well as a significant part of her youth in Egypt and Indonesia. Nicole attended University of North Florida and received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design. After graduation, Nicole and her husband moved to Texas where she received her M.A. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin. Nicole is a professor at the Art Institute of Austin and an active freelance Project Manager and Designer. Nicole spends her weekends with her energetic daughter and son, playing outside and reading stories. She hopes that she can create books that children across the world can learn from and enjoy.
I just wanted to let you know how our 3 year-old enjoys your wonderful book series! We’ve been reading the first Hug-A-Bug book to him since he was an infant, and it has been one of his favorites ever since. The beautiful colors and illustrations captivated him, and the message captivated us. As we started reading Hug-A-Bug Travels to Egypt, it also became an instant favorite. When asked his favorite part of Hug-A-Bug’s trip, he will excitedly answer “I loved all of it!” We love it because it exposes him to other traditions and cultures that we might not experience otherwise.
I read “A Bug Who Needs A Hug” to my great-grandchildren when they come to visit me. The illustrations are bright and colorful. Also, they always enjoy searching for the dragonfly and the little spider throughout the story. Their favorite part is how the little bug gets his name Hug-A-Bug. You will have a great time reading this to little ones. Sharon H.
Thank you so much for your presentation to the Senior Friends. I have heard only good things from members! You certainly held their interest (no small feat!) and they found your talk very interesting and informative. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciated the time and effort you expended making this program possible. I am deeply grateful.Marilyn C.
Great job with your Hug-a-Bug book subject and concept to get kids interested in other languages with a cute character to boot! Great job with your Hug-a-Bug book subject and concept to get kids interested in other languages with a cute character to boot!Laurie O’Keefe, Author
I love your little bug too! From an illustrative point of view It has the charm and appeal reminiscent of the British classic – ‘Mr Men! with large colourful shapes that small eyes can identify with and familiarise themselves with very quickly. And the subject matter is very charming!Arshad M.B.
Hug-A-Bug Travels to Egypt was purchased for my four year old granddaughter. Reading this together gives us a chance to look on a map and talk about travel and the wonders of the world. I like the global concept and also the message of kindness this book presents. Wile E.
Choices Children Make This week Hug-A-Bug and I want to hash out Children Anger Management! When a child is playing with a toy and your child tries to take it away, what does your child do? Scream Hit or push the other child Tell a Parent/adult If you chose any of the above, you’re…
An Interview with author and creator of Hug-A-Bug, Anna Church. Who is Hug-A-Bug’s creator? She is a mom, grandma and a retired teacher. Where did she create him? She created Hug-A-Bug in all of her classrooms for students to enjoy overseas and USA. When did she create this critter? When she became a teacher, she…