Smile a Lot!

From the Series Nancy Carlson Picture Books

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

When facing down a bully, a trip to the dentist, or your mom’s prune oatmeal, there’s only one thing you can do—smile a lot! And you’ll pull through! In this appealing new offering from best-selling author/illustrator Nancy Carlson, a determined little frog discovers that even when you don’t want to, smiling can make any situation better.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2002
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.3
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002120, JUV043000, JUV039200
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10
Lexile 540
Guided Reading Level J
ATOS Reading Level 2.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 59117
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson is the author and illustrator of over 60 picture books including bestseller I Like Me! Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. When Nancy is not drawing pictures and writing stories you can find her hiking, biking, or playing golf!


  • ABA Children's Book Sense 76, Winner, 2002



“The prose is simple and peppy (lots of exlamation points), and boldly colored artwork in Carlson’s familiar style portrays the animal characters engaged in recongnizable home and school situations and activities. Carlson approaches the psych-yourself-into-feeling-and-doing-better concept in a child-friendly way, and it is tough to resist Frog’s huge, toothy grin.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Carlson makes an undeniable case for grins over grumps. Carlson knows how to make dry humor work for three-year-olds.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book Guide

“The breezy, conversational text is appropriate for the subject. Vigorous, cartoonlike illustrations featuring colorful animal characters in familiar situations (being the new kid in school, coping with a poor test result, etc.) will have readers laughing, and of course, smiling.”
The Horn Book Guide