Willow's Smile by Lana ButtonWillow's Smile by Lana Button

Willow's Smile

byLana ButtonIllustratorTania Howells

Picture Books | April 5, 2016

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?Sometimes Willow smiled without even trying. But sometimes when she wished she could and knew she should, her smile slipped straight off her face.? So when her teacher tells the class that Picture Day is coming, shy Willow starts to worry. What if she isn't able to smile for the camera? How can she have her picture taken without smiling? But then on Picture Day, Willow gets the opportunity to watch the other children being photographed. She sees that all of her friends' expressions are unique, and perfect in their own way. And by the time it's her turn, she's realized that she doesn't need to worry about smiling for her picture. She just needs to be herself.

In this sweet picture book, author Lana Button has created a relatable and reassuring story that offers children a terrific model for how to deal with a difficult experience in a socially and emotionally competent way. The simple illustrations by Tania Howells beautifully capture the story's focus through the range of emotions so clearly expressed by Willow and her classmates. This book provides opportunities for character lessons on self-respect, empathy and resilience. It would work for a classroom introduction to the annual ritual of Picture Day as well, a subject not often covered yet very significant to young children. It could also lead to a conversation about why we take pictures and what makes a great picture, and to activities such as making a class photo album.
Lana Button works in early childhood education. Her writing has been published in Lady Bug magazine and Today's Parent. Willow's Whispers is Lana's first book for Kids Can Press.Tania Howells's illustrations have appeared in Chirp and Today's Parent, among other publications. She is the illustrator of Berkeley's Barn Owl Dance and Will...
Title:Willow's SmileFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.38 × 9.38 × 0.38 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771385499

ISBN - 13:9781771385497


Rated 5 out of 5 by from WIllow's Smile Just like Willow's Whispers, this book shows Willow trying to find the courage to do something she is scared to do. In this case, it is smiling on photo day. I would say that the story mostly works and could have a spot in classrooms on the day before picture day.
Date published: 2017-02-01

Editorial Reviews

... this slice-of-life picture book is an affirming celebration of being true to your authentic self.-School Library Journal