This Kissing Hand by Nancy Leak, Ruth E. Harper, and Audrey Penn is a story about a raccoon that doesn't want to leave his mother to go to school. The mother raccoon kisses the hand of her child telling him that her kiss will stay there all day, and that she will be with him while he is at school. This comforts the little raccoon, and he is able to go to school happily. I would use this book at the beginning of the year to relax students. We could make hand prints and write five likes or five things to look forward to in school. The book is a 2.7 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system.