How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?

Illustrated by Ivan Bates. (Little Brown, 2004)

As nighttime falls, each precious, little animal nestles into its own cozy place and waits for good-night kisses. The parents ask, “How many kisses do you want tonight?” while the baby animals playfully respond with the number required to get them to settle down and drift off to sleep. From one to ten (and then some!), these tender kisses are part of a warm and reassuring bedtime ritual for animals and people alike.


  • Featured selection – Book of the Month club –April 2004
  • Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading list – 2005
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Books Award – 2004
  • National Association of Parenting Publications Award – 2005
  • Texas Institute of Letters Finalist – 2005


“Another delightful bedtime story in the vein of Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You.” —School Library Journal

“Here is a book whose title asks a great question. Brilliantly, the author places kissing in the context of counting and rhyming your way to a peaceful sleep.” —Susie Wilde, Children’s Literature

“This book is sure to be an instant sleepy-time favorite.” —Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf