“A simple, yet enjoyable, reminder to find joy daily”
A diverse set of children play and work on a farm amid a sea of sunny green grass. Each illustration is accompanied by a short sentence encouraging mindfulness and finding joy in life’s simple pleasures and moments—”Find joy in stories,” “Find joy in snuggles,” “Find joy in caring,” etc. The illustrations follow the children throughout a day, where children may see the animals evening routine mirrors their own—meal time, bath time, quiet time, and finally bedtime. Each page abounds with details to point out and extend the reading experience for young readers(e.g. animals and plants to identify, the finer points of caring for horses and what different animals eat, etc.) and while the illustrations themselves are less charming and whimsical than much of Wilson’s past work (ABCs, Landmarks, Opposites), the added realism may be necessary for this book about finding the joy in the here and now. A nod to finding joy despite some amount of adversity would have been welcome, but the positive messages about finding joy in working together and caring and in everything around us make this an enjoyable addition to the board book collection.
This book takes a playful approach to finding joy in our daily lives and features the many ways children can experience happiness. From finding joy in stories to finding joy in quiet time, readers will recognize the moments and actions that put a smile on their face.
Take a minute to pause and reflect on your day. Can you think of three moments today that have brought you joy?
Research shows that simply smiling can improve your mood. Try it! Is it working?
I usually a big fan of Katie Wilson’s books, but this one has a different illustration style and I don’t love it as much (especially the people). Still a good book, but lacking in the illustrations when compared to her other titles. I do like the focus on mindfully recognizing the “joy” to be found in the little moments of each day. The farm setting is a fun addition, though I think I’d rather it not be set on a farm to be more applicable to a child.
Katie Wilson is an illustrator and designer based in beautiful New Zealand.
Creating for both adults and children, her illustrations are sweet and cheerful with a handmade feel.
Her work has appeared in magazines, greeting cards and books. Clients include Hallmark, Papyrus, Rotovision, Quartet and Woodmansterne.