NDSU Professor pens children's book about consent and physical boundaries

This is Deirdre Prischmann’s debut children’s fiction book “No Hugs!” after writing nonfiction books for young readers

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NDSU entomology professor and author Deirdre Prischmann’s debut children’s fiction book “No Hugs!” features a little girl named Zara who loves hugs and is surprised to learn her friend Alice does not. She soon learns that a hug requires two willing people to participate, and she appreciates learning a new perspective.

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Deirdre Prischmann
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The story highlights the important issue of consent and physical boundaries, but in an approachable way that kids will can easily relate to.

The dialogue about bodily autonomy illustrates how differently people can perceive something that seems so simple, and the book can serve as a springboard for discussions on a critical issue.
Educators and counselors may see value in adding the book to their resource library.

Prischmann has written for kids before, but in the nonfiction category. She’s the author of “Poop Eaters: Dung Beetles in the Food Chain” as well as “Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders and Other Extreme Bugs.”

She’s a member of the Dakotas chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and she lives with her husband, two daughters, one dog and an assortment of fish.


The book is available at the NDSU Bookstore, Zandbroz as well as online. Learn more at .

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Danielle Teigen has a bachelor's degree in journalism and management communication as well as a master's degree in mass communication from North Dakota State University. She has worked for Forum Communications since May 2015, first as a digital content manager before becoming the Life section editor and then deputy editor. She recently moved back to her hometown in South Dakota, where she works remotely for Forum Communications as managing editor of On the Minds of Moms.
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