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International Day of Happiness

Frank Sinatra sang it best.  Forget your troubles and just get happy.  You better chase all your cares away.  Or maybe it was The Partridge Family?  Hello, world.  Here's a song that we're singing.  Come on, get happy!  Monday, March 20, 2017 is the International Day of Happiness, and it's backed by the United Nations.  Yep, we're serious about getting happy.  Celebrate by doing whatever it is that makes you happy.  For me, of course, it's reading books!  Here are some of my favorite recent releases that are sure to put a smile on your face.

100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz (2015)
In the grand tradition of “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” comes an uplifting tribute to 100 everyday things worth celebrating. The list, in rhyming couplets, draws directly from a preschool­er’s world—from slippery floors to dinosaurs, from goldfish to a birthday wish.

The Happiest Book Ever! by Bob Shea (2016)
What could be happier than a book with a dancing cake, a candy parade, and a hug monster? A book with all those things (and more) plus YOU! Your happy, happy thoughts will make this book super happy happy! But something seems off. Could it be that frowny frog? 

Happy! by Pharrell Williams (2015)
Nominated for an Academy Award in 2014, “Happy” hit number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and has topped the charts in more than seventy-five countries worldwide. Now Pharrell Williams brings his beloved song to the youngest of readers in photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy. 

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith (2016)
The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

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