Your child’s smile is important! Therefore, we want to help you take extra special care of their teeth. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dentist visits are important. What else can you do at home? We think kids should smile, not only because smiling is healthy, but also because it helps kids to love their clean, white teeth. Games, sports, family fun time and positive books are great ways to encourage smiling at home. Here are some of our favorite children’s books about smiles.

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Smile, Pout-Pout Fish

by Deborah Diesen, Dan Hanna, William Dufris

The “glum-glum” star of The Pout-Pout Fish appears in this board book. The frowny blue fish interacts with a wormlike creature that pokes out from holes in the seabed. “No need to be worried./ No need to be sad,” Diesen writes as the worm disappears from one hole and pops up in another. The fish’s emotions are clear as the book moves toward a happy resolution: “What a smile, Mr. Fish!”

Because Amelia Smiled

by David Ezra Stein

Because Amelia smiles as she skips down the street, her neighbor Mrs. Higgins smiles too, and decides to send a care package of cookies to her grandson Lionel in Mexico. The cookies give Lionel an idea, and his idea inspires a student, who in turn inspires a ballet troupe in England! The good feelings that started with Amelia’s smile make their way around the world, back to a knitted scarf for a beloved niece back in New York. This charming story reminds us that adding even a small dose of kindness into the world is sure to spur more and more kindness.

I Love It When You Smile

by Sam McBratney, Charles Fuge

When Little Roo wakes up, he feels grumpy. His mother tries to make him feel better, but nothing she does makes any difference. This is a story that will guarantee a smile and a laugh from even the grumpiest reader. From the bestselling author of Guess How Much I Love You.

How Do You Make a Baby Smile?

by Philemon Sturges, Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Join dozens of friendly animals—plus one very patient older sister—as they use their best tricks to make their babies smile, laugh, coo, and grin. Wiggle your ear! Play peekaboo! Make a face! The simple rhyming text is a lot of fun for even the youngest book lovers.

Birdy’s Smile Book

by Laurie Keller

In this cheerful advice manual, a redheaded optimist explains her philosophy. “I think the first person you see each day should look happy to see you,” says Birdy, waving at herself in her bedroom mirror. She lists things one can try while smiling, such as “climb a tree” and “stand on your head.” While Birdy enjoys being silly, she is not overly sweet: “My smile knows when to leave me alone… and when to come back.”