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National Smile Day

The CBC Holidays Series explores stories that relate to specific holidays so that kid, and adult, readers can celebrate in the best way… with a good book!

On National Smile Day (May 31st), we show off our pearly whites and happy faces with smiles. We use smiles to grin at our friends and family and laugh at a funny joke, but ultimately we use them to convey our happiness. So let’s broadcast our joy and smile today by reading great books like these!

1 Smile, 10 Toes, written and illustrated by Nelleke Verhoeff (Barefoot Books) — Fiction, Board Book, Concepts, Series, ages 0-3.

Empty Smiles, by Katherine Arden (Penguin Random House / G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery / Thriller, ages 7-12.

Moon Dark Smile, by Tessa Gratton (Simon & Schuster / Margaret K. McElderry Books) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Coming of Age, Teen.

Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles, by Douglas Florian (Penguin Random House / Puffin Books) — Nonfiction, Prose, Poetry, Humor, ages 7-12.

Smart About Art: Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Paintings That Smile, by True Kelley (Penguin Random House / Grosset & Dunlap) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, Biography / Memoir, Music / Art, History, ages 4-6.

Smile a Lot!, written and illustrated by Nancy Carlson (Lerner Publishing Group / Carolrhoda Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, ages 4-6.

The Smile Shop, by Satoshi Kitamura (Holiday House / Peachtree) — Fiction, Board Book, Concepts, ages 4-6.

A Smile, by Raoul Follereau; illus. Hoda Hadadi (Pajama Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Poetry, ages 4-6.

Smile, Baby!: Beginning Baby, by Chronicle Books (Chronicle Books) — Fiction, Board Book, Concepts, Series, ages 0-3.

Smile, Pout-Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen; illus. Dan Hanna (Macmillan / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux BYR) — Fiction, Board Book, Animals, Concepts, Series, ages 0-3.

Smile, Sophia, by Skylaar Amann (Macmillan / Feiwel & Friends) — Fiction, Picture Book, Science, ages 4-6.

Smile, Toothless!, by Maggie Testa; illus. Sydney Hanson (Simon & Schuster) — Fiction, Board Book, Animals, Series, ages 0-3.

Smile: A Graphic Novel, by Raina Telgemeier; illus. Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic / Graphix) — Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Coming of Age, Contemporary, Series, ages 7-12.

Sonrisas for Baby: A Little Book of Smiles (Bilingual Edition), by Jen Arena; illus. Blanca Gómez (Little, Brown and Company / LB Kids) — Fiction, Board Book, Concepts, Diversity, Spanish, ages 4-6.

Style, Smile, Share!, by BuzzPop; illus. (little bee books) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, How-to / Activity, Series, ages 7-12.

Join National Smile Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident holiday expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other CBC Holiday book lists on our blog.

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