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Happy Reading! Books to make you smile

With all of the cold weather at home, and work at school, you may feel a little on the grumpy side.

On the 20th March it is the International Day of Happiness and to help you get into the spirit we have created a list of books that will help to make you laugh or feel happier.

You can get involved too – think of a book that made you smile after reading it. Share this book with a friend or someone in your family and have a lot of fun!

Take a look at some of our recommendations:


Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

First, a story needs a character. So why not a ukulele-playing octopus? And since this is a story, the octopus has to want something – maybe it dreams of travelling to faraway galaxies in a purple spaceship. But every character needs an obstacle to overcome, and so the octopus sets out to build its own spaceship!

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

The car trip to Grandma’s house is taking forever. Are We There Yet? explores the amazing possibilities of imagination on a long, boring car journey, as time slows down so much that it starts going backwards. Featuring dinosaurs, Ancient Egyptians, knights and pirates, this is one amazing journey through the imagination.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Nine year old Pippi is an unusual and unpredictable character, she lives alone with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever! Every day is a crazy adventure with Pippi, but what else would you expect from the daughter of a swashbuckling pirate captain?!

Alice Dent and the Incredible Germs by Gwen Lowe

When Alice Dent gets a cold, she has no idea how much trouble it’s about to cause. Because this is no ordinary cold: it comes with some seriously weird sideeffects. For a start, Alice can’t stop giggling and every animal she meets sticks to her like glue!

But when the mysterious Best Minister for Everything Nicely Perfect and his scary masked henchmen come to take her away, Alice realizes her troubles are only just beginning …

50 Ways to Feel Happy by Vanessa King
What can you do to help yourself (and others) feel happier? This book is packed full of activities and ideas to try with family, friends and on your own. So, whether you feel happy right now and want to stay that way or you need some ideas to help you feel happier, this book is for you. It’s a cheerful, fun, inspiring, and varied collection of projects for creative, happy and thinking individuals.

Matt Millz by Harry Hill

Matt Millz LOVES stand up comedy. He’s studied the best. He’s memorized all the advice. He spends hours writing new gags and thinking up crazy sketches . . . So when the school run a talent contest, of course he’s going to enter.

Thimble Monkey Superstar by Jon Blake

Life is never boring now that Jams and his family have a monkey to look after. Jams and his mum love Thimble, but Dad is determined to get rid of him – to a zoo, a school, even a demolition site. But when Jams and his dad are in mortal danger Thimble proves once and for all why he is a Monkey Superstar!

Open Your Heart by Gemma Cairney
Full of honest and practical advice from Gemma Cairney and a whole host of trained professionals and real people, Open Your Heart is a best friend in a book. From heartbreak and heartache to body image and everything in between, this book will help you learn to love your body, your friends and your family, and tell you what to do if things go wrong.

We hope these books bring a smile to your face – how many are you going to read?