National Smile Week!

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
Rita.
Rita who?
Rita lot of good books!

It’s national smile week! There’s no better way to celebrate this week than with a few, well-timed jokes to bring out the smiles and the sillies. Get your smile on while reading some of these funny, poignant books about kids who love to smile, or perhaps might be a bit reluctant to. Or stick with the joke books, which are always sure to get your kids giggling.

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.  This coming-of-age true story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever been in middle school, and especially those who have ever had a bit of their own dental drama.

Smile! by Leigh Hodgkinson
Meet Sunny. She is usually happy–sunshiny even! But not today. She’s lost one of her favorite things: her smile. Is it . . . In her pocket?Under Mr. Honeycomb’s basket? Or did Glittergills take it? This exuberant picture book shows that happiness is often right under your nose.

Smile! by Geraldine McCaughrean
When Flash’s plane crashes in the wilderness, he finds himself injured and alone, armed with nothing but a cheap instant camera. Then out of the sunlight appears a girl in a scarlet dress. Sutira and her brother take Flash home to their remote village, where the people have never met a photographer–or seen a photo. Flash has ten pictures left, but what should he take a picture of? The most beautiful girl in the village? An irreplaceable piece of art? A cow? Flash has always known the magic of photography, but not until he takes those last ten pictures does he realize just what wonders can be worked with light, love, and a camera.

Emma, Smile and Say “Cupcake!” by Coco Simon
Emma wants to be a model, but membership in the Cupcake Club might be all the fame she needs. The Special Day wedding salon is running an ad in the local newspaper, and they want Emma to model in the advertisement. When a local department store also wants to use Emma as a model, she’s suddenly very much in demand! But after running all over New York City for auditions (and being told over and over she “just isn’t right”) Emma realizes being a model is a lot tougher than she thought. Does Emma really want to be America’s next top model, or is being a part of the Cupcake Club sweet enough?

Get the Giggles: A First Joke Book by Bron Davies
This joke book is sure to tickle your funny bone! Why is it hard to play cards in the jungle? There are too many cheetahs. What’s a pirate’s favorite letter? Aaarrr! What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence? Time to get a new fence. These hilariously simple jokes will have beginning readers rolling on the floor with laughter.

And for a cool, smiling craft idea, try out this “Smiling Mouth” craft, where kids can make their own, supersized smiles, pearly whites and all!  Directions courtesy of Totally Tots.

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