Books to make you feel happy

I Am Hungry

Books are a great way to boost your mood and make you feel better, so if you're ever in need of a bit of a lift, turn to your shelves!

We've put together a list of some bright and breezy picture books that are bound to make you smile, so take a look and instantly brighten your day:

  • Happy to Be Me

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Happy to Be Me

    Author: Emma Dodd

    Interest level: 2-5

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    With simple rhyme and colourful artwork, this picture book celebrates every bit of the human body and reminds us that each and eve…

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  • Happy in Our Skin

    Author: Fran Manushkin Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • Happy in Our Skin

    Author: Fran Manushkin Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 2-4

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    It’s terrific to have skin: it keeps the outsides out and the insides in! Skin is always there and everyone’s skin is different. I…

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  • A Song of Gladness

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • A Song of Gladness

    Author: Sir Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Emily Gravett

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 6+

    Inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s own thoughts about the Covid-19 pandemic and his real-life conversations with the blackbird in his …

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  • I Am Hungry

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • I Am Hungry

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 2-5

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    This fun rhyming tale is a journey of imagination for readers, encouraging them to think of the craziest things they could imagine…

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  • Happy Hector

    Author: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Happy Hector

    Author: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    A tale of playtime for Tilly and her animal friends, this time exploring themes of playing alone and playing together, feeling alo…

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  • Meet Happy Bear

    Author: Carles Ballesteros

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Meet Happy Bear

    Author: Carles Ballesteros

    Interest level: 0-3

    Reading age: 5+

    Happy Bear is smiling, until suddenly – he’s not! How can we make Happy Bear happy again? A sweet first book for littl…

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  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This uplifting tale, which explores the nature of happiness and celebrates the touching relationship between grandparent and child…

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  • Anna Hibiscus' Song

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Anna Hibiscus' Song

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    This delightful story about a happy girl learning to express her feelings is a wonderful celebration of the joy of life

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  • Pass It On

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Pass It On

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    The little girl in this bright, happy book embraces the simple act of passing on smiles, laughs, chuckles and whoops to others.

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  • I'm the Happiest

    Author: Anna Shuttlewood

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • I'm the Happiest

    Author: Anna Shuttlewood

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

    This colourful book has a simple and important message for children. Everyone is different yet equally important.

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