As the time we have to stay home goes on, it gets harder and harder for my kids to keep their heads up. I’m sure a lot of other kids think the same thing. But now more than ever, it’s important to keep a positive attitude and remember that things will improve.
Since most picture books are naturally happy, upbeat, and positive, reading them with your family can help keep everyone feeling good. When my 4-year-old needs a pick-me-up, I read her one of a stack of heartfelt picture books.
Here are 10 picture books about having a positive attitude for kids that will make them laugh and feel better.
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Artists don’t get upset when they make a mistake in their work. Instead, she makes unique and special art using her mistakes. Go on a journey through artistic mistakes and funny fixes that come together to make a celebration of creativity and inspiration. This cute picture book tells readers to look bright and enjoy life’s speed bumps.
Mac Barnett Book By Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
This clever picture book tells the reader to look for what’s good in life and notice the small things around them. Sam and Dave start digging, hoping to find something amazing, but they find nothing. At first glance, it looks like they didn’t find anything, but a surprising turn at the end suggests that maybe they did find something subtle and special.
Kevin the Unicorn by Jessika von Innerebner
Read this book to your child when he or she needs to laugh. Kevin the unicorn is having a horrible day. Kevin’s day gets worse and worse as one thing after another goes wrong. He keeps trying to smile, but even unicorns can’t act happy on a day like this. Young people will feel better when they realize that they are not alone in how they feel and that it’s okay not to be okay sometimes.
Happy by Nicola Edwards
When things are upsetting, kids and adults can benefit from mindfulness. This book shows kids how to be aware of what’s happening around them and feel connected to them. Use this book to teach your kids how to find inner peace and enjoy the sights, sounds, and noises around them.
Bif’s Gift By Barb Stocklin
In Bif’s Gift, a book for children, Bif the Bear and Scout the Skunk go on an adventure. A simple act of kindness brings them together and helps them become friends. In turn, this teaches a good lesson about friendship and giving. Most importantly, it shows the reader that being different can sometimes be a good thing and could help someone who is down or in need.