The 10 Best Children’s Books About Happiness

As avid readers and passionate advocates for children’s literacy and emotional well-being, we’ve scoured libraries, bookshops, and literary reviews to compile a list that’s as diverse and enriching as it is joyful. Our selection caters to a wide audience, from toddlers to young teens, ensuring there’s a book for every young reader.

This curated list isn’t just a random assortment of titles. We’ve delved into various sub-genres, from timeless classics like “The Secret Garden” to modern, thought-provoking tales like “The Jar of Happiness”. Our choices reflect a blend of cultural diversity, emotional intelligence, and sheer delight. Whether it’s a story about finding joy in the simplest of things, learning the importance of kindness, or understanding the power of positive thinking, each book offers its unique flavor of happiness.

Designed for parents, educators, and young readers alike, our list aims to be a gateway to discussions about happiness, empathy, and self-discovery. So, let’s turn the page and embark on a joyful literary journey that promises to enlighten and entertain!

The Best Children’s Books About Happiness

“The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett


“The Pout-Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna


“Bernice Gets Carried Away” by Hannah Harrison


“The Happy Owls” by Celestino Piatti


“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud


“The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]” by Jon J. Muth


“My Heart Fills with Happiness” by Monique Gray Smith


“The Jar of Happiness” by Alisa Burrows


“If You’re Happy and You Know It” by Jane Cabrera


“Anna Hibiscus’ Song” by Atinuke