October 22 – Smart is Cool Day!

Happy Smart is Cool Day!

Smart is the new Cool. Kids are becoming more aware of the advantages of knowledge and education.

Below are some other things that are also cool because they are so smart. Be a smart and check out these smart picture books!


One Smart Cookie written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer (2010)

This picture book has the look and feel of an old classic. Through the process of making and sharing cookies, children learn the meaning of vocabulary like procrastinate, compromise, empathy, contribute, arrogant, humble, and integrity.


One Smart Fish written by Laura Maninvong and illustrated by Suzanne Beaky (2006)

This funny rhyming picture book is an easy reader. The smart fish tricks the little girl out of her bait every time she puts her hook in the water. He eats her cookie dough, hot dog, and even grandpa’s prize winning spaghetti. The smart fish gets away, and the only thing the little girl catches that day is a cold.


Itsy Bitsy the Smart Spider written and illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper (2004)

Itsy Bitsy was a smart spider. When she got washed down the water spout, she decided to solve the problem. Itsy Bitsy went to work in Happy Hound’s store catching fleas and waiting on customers. She saved all her money until she had enough to buy herself an umbrella. Now when the rain came down, Itsy Bitsy stayed dry and safe.


The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be written and illustrated by Mini Grey (2003)

This is a new twist to a traditional fairy tale. In this story, the pea is the main character. The pea tells the story from the very beginning, his beginning, in the garden. He tells what he’s overheard and learned about the prince and the queen. He has watched as one princess after another sleep soundly on the twenty mattresses without feeling a thing. Then one rainy night, he recognizes the voice at the door… it’s his gardener. So that night, he whispers in her ear constantly so that she can’t get any sleep. The next morning when the queen asks her how she slept, she said that something large and round kept her up all night. Needless to say, the gardener became the next princess!

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