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'My Heart Fills with Happiness' and other kids' books that radiate joy


You Can Do it, Yasmin!

Written by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly

It’s so challenging to find an interesting early reader series, but the Yasmin series pulls it off every time! In this latest installment, Yasmin attempts several new and challenging things. She brings her can-do spirit to each task and new readers will cheer along with her successes. Bonus: you'll find a glossary at the back of the book that shares some Urdu words.


All are Welcome

Written by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Kids will enjoy finding themselves within the colorful pages of this lyrical book. While it’s a natural fit for classroom reading, this is also a lovely story to share at home. A great discussion opener on how much we gain by having a wide variety of friends in our lives.


Don’t Feed the Coos!

Written by Jonathan Stutzman, illustrated by Heather Fox

Your kids will beg you to read this hilarious, adorable picture book over and over and over. Who knew that feeding a pigeon could have such hysterical consequences? This one is low on word count and high on fun!


My Heart Fills with Happiness

Written by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett

This gorgeously illustrated book is such a sweet reminder of all the special things in our lives. It makes a perfect bedtime read — a gentle send-off that is sure to give your kids happy thoughts as they fall asleep.


Asia Citro is the founder/director of the nonprofit Seattle Children’s Book Festival. She is excited to share the titles above, along with some of their creators, with young readers at the 2020 festival.



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Claiming your space: Kids’ books on mindfulness and advocacy

‘My Heart Fills with Happiness,’ and other kids’ books that radiate joy

Great kids’ books also available as audiobooks and in Braille