Books to make you feel happy

Anna Hibiscus' Song

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 Hector

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 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 alone and feeling loved.

  • Super Happy Magic Forest

    Author: Matty Long
    Publisher: Oxford
    Interest age: 4-5

    This anarchic and amusing picture book deserves much praise for taking commonplace story elements - pixies, goblins, unicorns and magical locations - and giving them an original twist. It's a hilarious read, with rich and vibrant illustrations. 

  • Meet Happy Bear

    Author: Carles Ballesteros
    Publisher: Words & Pictures Press
    Interest age: 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 little ones that ends in a hug.

  • Things That Make Me Happy

    Author: Amy Schwartz
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
    Interest age: 0-3

    This simple board book pairs rhyming items on each spread: ‘red socks – building blocks’. Illustrations are clearly presented on a clean white page for even the youngest readers to see. 

  • Joy

    Author: Corrinne Averiss Illustrator: Isabelle Follath
    Publisher: Words and Pictures Press
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 5+

    This uplifting tale, which explores the nature of happiness and celebrates the touching relationship between grandparent and child, is an absolute delight.

  • If You're Happy and You Know It

    Author: Annie Kubler
    Publisher: Child's Play
    Interest age: 0+
    Reading age: 3+

    On every page of this board book are attractive, colourful illustrations of babies clapping their hands, rolling about on the floor and hugging their friends.

  • Anna Hibiscus' Song

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 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

  • Pass It On

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 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.

  • I'm the Happiest

    Author: Anna Shuttlewood
    Publisher: QED Publishing
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

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