A Kiss Goodbye

Moving is hard on everyone, but especially children.

Chester Raccoon, whom readers have come to know and love through the New York Times bestseller The Kissing Hand, and its sequel, A Pocket Full of Kisses, is facing another dilemma common to the lives of many children; he and his family are moving. Young readers will love the way Chester says goodbye to his old home and learns that there are some exciting aspects to his new home.

Picture Book | Ages 3 – 7
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-933718-04-0 | 32 pages | $16.95
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-933718-41-5 | $10.99
Lexile Level: 580 | Guided Reading Level: K | Grade Level: 2 | Reading Recovery Level: 18

Meet Author Audrey Penn

Audrey Penn started her career as a ballerina dancing with the National Ballet, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and the Danny Diamond Dance Theatre. In 1980, she became too ill with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) to continue dancing but, because she had participated in children’s theatre, children’s dance, and always enjoyed children’s literature, she turned to writing children’s books for her creative outlet.

Her passion for advocacy for children continually molds her writing style and subject matter. She has created her writing program – The Writing Penn – into schools, libraries, and children’s hospitals, where she shapes and refines her story ideas in partnership with kids.

Today, Audrey has written over 13 books and is a New York Times bestselling author.

Meet Illustrator Barbara Gibson

An award-winning illustrator, Barbara Leonard Gibson was a freelance artist in the Baltimore-Washington area for twenty-five years. Originally from New York, and with a degree in Fine Art and Design from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked in many areas including historical illustration, children’s books, and magazines, cartooning, portraiture, wildlife illustration, natural sciences, advertising, fantasy, and science fiction.

All Books in The Kissing Hand Series

Book cover for The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Book cover for A Kiss Goodbye by Audrey Penn
Book cover for Chester Racoon and the Acorn Full of Memories by Audrey Penn
Cover of A Color Game for Chester Raccoon

A Kiss Goodbye Reviews

A Kiss Goodbye…featur(es) the further adventures of the lovable young Chester Raccoon and his family…A heartwarming read-aloud storybook, beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Barbara Leonard Gibson.”

Midwest Book Review

“Author Audrey Penn has done it again. In A Kiss Goodbye, she has taken her beloved character, Chester Raccoon, and gently guided him through another childhood dilemma [moving]…Audrey Penn’s dedication says it all: ‘To all my friends, big and little, who find their way to the other end of the path.’ In A Kiss Goodbye, Chester continues to help make that journey an easier one for children everywhere.”


“A wonderful and helpful story. Chester is delightful.”