Comfort during COVID-19: Optimism

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Some of our favorite books for parents to share with kids ages 3-6 during troubling times.

  • How to Make a Shark Smile: How a Positive Mindset Spreads Happiness

    2020 by Achor, Shawn

    Ripple the dolphin vows to make all the animals in the aquarium, even Snark the Shark, break into smiles.

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  • The Yes

    2015 by Bee, Sarah

    On its journey, the "Yes" meets many "Nos." The "Nos" are persistent, and sometimes kind of scary, but the "Yes" overcomes them, one by one.

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  • Mr. Sherman's Cloud

    2019 by Habben, David

    Mr. Sherman’s bad mood takes the form of a rainy cloud that follows him wherever he goes. A happy group of children show him the silver lining.

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  • Sunny

    2020 by Krampien, Celia

    Most kids would think trudging to school on a rainy day is no fun. But Sunny thinks it’s wonderful—and she’s right.

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  • Positive Thinking for Piglets

    2019 by Bourgonje, Chantal

    Overcoming obstacles — piglet style.

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  • It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

    2015 by Krosoczka, Jarrett

    Lose your balloon? Maybe it will bring a smile to someone else. Skin your knee? You might get the coolest bandage ever. The author reminds us that what can seem like a loss might actually be a gain.

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  • The Invisible String

    2000 by Karst, Patrice

    When Liza and Jeremy run to their mother during a scary storm, she comforts them by telling them about the Invisible String, which connects people who love each other no matter where they are. That connection means that they are never alone.

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  • A Day So Gray

    2019 by Lamba, Marie

    Two friends venture out on a winter’s day. One says, “This day is so gray.” Her best friend replies, “No, it isn’t.” She shows her friend, and us, how easy it is to find what is good, warm, and comforting in what seems like a bad situation.

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  • Grow Happy

    2017 by Lasser, Jon

    Kiko is growing two gardens: one in the ground, and one in herself: a garden of happiness. She shows us how to care for, nourish, and grow them both.

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  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

    2010 by Litwin, Eric

    Pete the Cat just loves his new white shoes. When the unexpected happens, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just changes his goals and goes with the flow.

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  • No Biggy! A Story about Overcoming Everyday Obstacles

    2018 by Rubin, Elycia

    Two little words change a little girl’s outlook as she deals with life’s little annoyances and helps her parents cope, as well.

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  • Sergio Sees the Good: The Story of One Not So Bad Day

    2019 by Ryden, Linda

    When Sergio gets home from a terrible day at school, his mom shows him a simple way to measure how bad the day really was. Sergio is amazed to discover that his day was better than he thought.

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  • The Most Magnificent Thing

    2014 by Spires, Ashley

    A little girl sets out to make a magnificent creation, but it’s not quite as easy as she thought it would be. It takes the wisdom of her canine assistant to show her how to step back and look at her project with fresh eyes.

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  • Rosie's Glasses

    2018 by Whamond, Dave

    Rosie is in a terrible mood until she finds some special glasses that change the way she looks at everything.

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