Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Summary: You can hug a pug, a bug, or a slug (ewww!), but don’t hug Doug. It’s just not his thing. The only hug he likes is a NOT squeezy one from his mom at bedtime. Don’t worry, Doug likes you, and he likes lots of other things, too: his rock collection, his sock collection, drawing with his chalk collection. And he’s really good with high-fives. Turns out Doug’s not the only one, so when considering a hug, be sure to ask first. 32 pages; ages 3-7.
Pros: This lighthearted book about consent touches on quite a few topics: why not everyone likes hugs, the importance of asking before hugging, and that rejecting a hug isn’t the same as rejecting a person. There’s plenty of humor in both the text and illustrations, and Doug is a good-natured guide.
Cons: I’ve definitely made some of the mistakes described by Doug.