Layla’s Happiness

Written by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: 
Preschool – 3
48 pages
Enchanted Lion Books (November 19, 2019)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 
8.6 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches




Seven-year-old Layla loves life! So she keeps a happiness book. What is happiness for her? For you?

Spirited and observant, Layla’s a child who’s been given room to grow, making happiness both thoughtful and intimate. It’s her dad talking about growing-up in South Carolina; her mom reading poetry; her best friend Juan, the community garden, and so much more. Written by poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin, this is a story of flourishing within family and community.


“Tallie honors the many ways children define happiness…A handsome and helpful primer on self-reflection and a mirror to urban black and brown children…”STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

“What is happiness to you?” That query drives this marvelous debut, a poetic accounting of the elements that make up childhood fulfillment, narrated by a girl named Layla.New York Times Book Review

“Well-illustrated poetry of the best kind that will leave sunshine in its wake.”Kirkus Review

★★Favorite Children’s Books of 2019★★ “Tallie constructs the story like a good poem, where the personal is the most welcoming gateway to the universal. We see seven-year-old Layla — whose name means “night beauty” — tally her exuberant everyday sources of happiness.”Brainpickings