Parents' Guide to

You Are My Happy

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Comforting rundown of things to be happy about, like you.

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This cozy bedtime book features cute critters and clever rhymes showing gratitude for everyday wonders and accomplishments, with a big dollop of love between parent and child. You Are My Happy is sentimental but highlights a nice nightly ritual that author Hoda Kotb practices with her own kid (pictured in a photo on the back cover): asking little ones to recall all the things that made them happy that day.

The "for" beginning each sentence in the list doesn't seem to match the "That's what made me happy" that punctuates each example. It would go better with naming what you're thankful for than with what made you happy, but Kotb doesn't use the "thankful for" phrase until the end. That probably won't bother most kids, who'll enjoy Suzie Masons' playful animal illustrations and images of mama and cub cuddling sweetly.

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