My Heart is Laughing

From the Series My Happy Life

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Dani’s been trying her best to stay happy ever since her best friend Ella moved away. But when some girls in Dani’s class start being cruel to her, it starts a chain of rather unhappy events . . . It would all be okay if only Ella would move back. From the author of the critically acclaimed My Happy Life.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 120
Publication Date 2014-09-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.6
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039230, JUV039050, JUV039060
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.75 x 8.25
Lexile 620
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 171972
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Rose Lagercrantz

Rose Lagercrantz is a popular Swedish author of books for children as well as for adults. She has received many literary awards, including the August Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize.

Illustrator: Eva Eriksson

Eva Eriksson is one of the world's great illustrators. Her awards include the Astrid Lindgren Prize and the August Award and she is consistently nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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My Happy Life

This acclaimed series of illustrated chapter books follows Dani as she starts school and meets Ella, who becomes her best friend in the world. At school and at home, Dani overcomes life’s ups and downs with optimism and understanding. Full of fun and happiness, these warm-hearted… View available downloads →


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2015
  • USBBY Outstanding International Books List, Winner, 2015
  • School Library Journal Best Book, Winner, 2014
  • Horn Book Best Books of the Year, Winner, 2014


The Horn Book Magazine

“Salty and sweet, this is umami for the emerging reader.” —starred, The Horn Book Magazine


“Keep this volume in mind as an accessible chapter book for younger children and a riveting readaloud choice for the classroom.” —starred, Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“This deeply respectful book validates and celebrates the daily challenges of being a child in today’s world.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Eriksson’s plentiful black-and-white line drawings expressively show joy and distress and perfectly complement the story…. Genuine feelings such as humor, honesty, and heartbreak will leave readers yearning for Dani to return once again.” —starred, School Library Journal