When I Am Happiest

From the Series My Happy Life

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

A standalone follow-up to the acclaimed and beloved chapter books My Happy Life and My Heart is Laughing.

Dani is very happy—it’s the last day of school, and summer is about to start. But then there’s a knock on the classroom door, and Dani is told her father has been in an accident. He’s in the hospital! How can she possibly be happy now?

A warm and heartfelt story about Dani’s love for her dad and her ongoing friendship with Ella. It’s a story about sorrow and joy—and how life really is.

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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 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Gecko Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 128
Publication Date 2015-09-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013060, JUV015020, JUV039050
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.75 x 8.25
Lexile 630
ATOS Reading Level 3.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 174534
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, 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, 2016


The Horn Book Magazine

“The genius of these books lies in the simple but original kid details that keep the focus firmly on the young characters. . . . An affecting early chapter book with a hopeful—if not yet altogether happy—ending.”—The Horn Book Magazine


“The honest portrayal of powerful childhood emotions is the cornerstone of [Lagercrantz’s] writing, and it makes this story wholly engaging and ultimately cathartic. . . . A memorable addition to the Dani series.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“Eriksson’s delightful black-and-white drawings help to soften the severity of the subject matter, as their sweetness comes through the characters’ expressions. Though this title is more serious than the first two installments, those who are fans of Dani will applaud her resiliency and attitude.”—School Library Journal