100 Things That Make Me Happy

100 Things That Make Me Happy

Here’s my Perfect Picture Book Friday choice:

100 Things That Make Me Happy
Author and Illustrator Amy Schwartz
Abrams Appleseed, 2014
Suitable for: ages 3-6
Themes: Happiness, Numbers (sort of)

Opening Lines: {opening spread}
Red Socks
Building Blocks
Licking the Spoon
The man in the Moon
An orange Hat
An Orange Cat

Synopsis: Rhyming story of 100 things that make me happy.

Links to Resources: A simple idea is to write down a list or draw out items that make you happy. There are a lot of resources about happiness online. Project Happiness has some lesson plans for educators that will work for parents too.

Why I like this book: Because as I carried it downstairs this morning to take a picture of the cover, my son says, “I like that book.” Now, that always makes this mama happy.

The illustrations accompanying each item of happiness are fun and playful. This book is a feast of imagery for both parent and child.
I found this interview with Amy Schwartz.

For more PPBF selections, visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.

In November, I participated in PiBoIdMo. I always appreciate the hard work of Tara Lazar to post 30-plus days of inspiring posts from authors and illustrators. While not every idea I jotted down on my iPhone is a winner, I have 154 ideas. Don’t get too excited for me. I have a tendency to think of another (similar) idea on a later date during PiBoIdMo that may or may not be more fleshed out than the first one. Maybe I’ll find one fabulous nugget for a story in my list. I did write my 12x November draft from a PiBoIdMo draft.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Now to put on the thinking cap for a story for Susanna’s holiday contest. Perhaps I’ll write something about a boy, who wants to be a dragon in the church Christmas play. Not that I’m dealing with that issue in real life or anything. {hee hee}