The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Disen and illustrated by Dan Hanna and Daniel X. Hanna is one of my favorite children’s story. Between the clever rhyming verses that are very catchy and easy for kids to catch on to, to the powerful underlying message of spreading joy and happiness to those who are sad. I enjoy this book because It shows how being nice to someone and cheering them up can really make their day.
Voted Bank Streets Best Children’s Book of the Year in 2009 I would recommend this story to children of ages but can be especially appealing to early childhood. This story does a beautiful job showing the struggles of depression and self-loathing and how magical and helpful being kind to someone can be.