On a happy note…It’s Day 15, and I’m halfway home!
So how do you begin to generate PB ideas when you have had the most awful, rotten, stinky, I’d like to punch somebody in the nose kind of day? Everybody has days like these, including children. You might as well write about ‘em!
Here are some notable children’s books about bad days:
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
Mean Soup, by Betsy Everett
When Sophie Gets Angry-Really Really Angry, by Molly Bang
The Grouchy Lady Bug, by Eric Carle
Grumpy Cat, by Brita Teckentrump
Children love these stories, because they can easily relate to the main characters. When I read these stories aloud, my students always encourage the protagonist in hopes that he/she will find a solution and eventually happiness. Anger, sadness, grumpiness, and utter despair are feelings that children experience in a very real way. A stolen pencil may seem trivial to us, but to a child who just bought that shiny purple pencil from the pencil machine, it is a real tragedy! Addressing emotions in picture books validates a child’s right to feel angry, frustrated, or disappointed. It can also provide hope for a better experience or a fresh new day.