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Best Feel-Good Children's Books For April

Posted: 04/ 2/2012 10:20 am

I don't know about you, but I'm in a good mood lately. The sun is shining, winter is almost over, and even though March went out like a lion, spring is in the air. So choosing books this month was easy -- I picked the books that make me happy. These are stories that I can read until my eyes pop out of my head, with moments that make me laugh out loud, and messages that make me smile before I've opened the cover. A few even make me cry -- but in a good way. Whether they're funny or touching, there is a little bit of bliss in all of these stories. The fact that your kids will love them too doesn't hurt.

"The Unruly Queen" By E.S. Redmond
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E.S. Redmond, where have you been all my life? How did you come up with the most marvelous first page of a children's book that I may have ever read?

Minerva von Vyle was a mischievous child
who was coddled and spoiled and allowed to run wild.
She was peevish and pushy and got her own way
by throwing hysterical fits every day.

Minerva is a slightly older and darker Eloise but, luckily for Minerva, she is about to meet a nanny who knows just how to handle her. With gorgeous illustrations and a wickedly funny story in verse, this has jumped to the top of my favorite books list. As a testament to its perfection, my four-year old son has already memorized his favorite pages and it's in heavy rotation during bedtime. Minerva would be pleased.

 

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