Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to smiling. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about smiling.
Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.
When it comes to children’s stories about smiling, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Because Amelia Smiled to popular sellers like Augustus and His Smile to some of our favorite hidden gems like Spike, the Mixed-up Monster.
We hope this list of kids books about smiling can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!
Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a HUGE tigery stretch, and set off to find it. Stunning illustrations celebrate the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings to us. An imaginative book for children who love to explore the world around them.
Meet Spike, a lovable monster—and a real-life salamander—who’s looking for friends in this lively picture book that includes Spanish vocabulary. Spike is a scary-looking salamander who keeps trying to frighten other animals—until he finds that using fear is not the best way to make friends. And since Spike lives in Mexico (he is an endangered species called the axolotl), this story is peppered with easy-to-understand Spanish words. In addition to a charming tale of friendship, this picture book contains nonfiction information about the axolotl and a Spanish/English glossary.
Battered wheels, rusty cogs, broken springs: Norton, an adorable robot, collects this junk and uses it to create amazing inventions. But one day he and his dog Alpha find something they ve never seen before: a flower! At first, they re baffled . . . but when a seed blossoms into a flowery field, the two discover the true magic of nature. Includes a big, stunning gatefold!”
Miles of Smiles - When someone smiles, who knows where it goes? Baby smiles at Mommy, Mom keeps it for a while . . . and then passes it on. As the smile begins its joyful journey–moving from a first-grade class to a soccer team, from Gran to a garbage man, even to a puppy–it spreads happiness throughout the community, bringing everyone together. A sunny picture book guaranteed to make kids SMILE!
Because Amelia Smiled - A little girl’s smile as she skips down the street inspires a neighbor to send cookies to her grandson in Mexico, and the good will she shares soon spreads around the world. From the creator of the Caldecott Honor-winning Interrupting Chicken.
Bunny Will Not Smile! - From the endless imagination of Jason Tharp comes a brand-new, interactive Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for fans of Mo Willems, Jim Benton, and David Milgrim and for beginning readers who like to giggle! A bear named Big has a problem. His friend Bunny will not smile, no matter what Big tries…so Big needs your help! With appealing comic-inspired speech bubbles and interactive storytelling that prompts kids to do everything from turning the page, to leaning in so Big can whisper an idea, to making their silliest silly face, beginning readers will giggle their way through this Level 1 Ready-to-Read!
Sweet Baby Smiles - Cuddle up with your child and enjoy some special time together Baby will love this sweet, charming book that has peep through shapes for them to explore. Each book features things to look at and learn, patterns and shapes to identify and discover, ideas to think about, and snuggles to share. A sweet morning smile starts the day—and Baby finds lots more to grin about in this perfect naptime, bedtime, or anytime book. Babies will love learning so many things about the world and themselves with this adorable board book.
Learn to read with young Amelia Bedelia! Amelia Bedelia has been loved by readers for more than fifty years. And it turns out that her childhood is full of silly mix-ups, too! This I Can Read book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It's a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children.
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