Review: Layla’s Happiness Is A Perfect Diverse Book

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Christmas is coming, and it is one of the many things that make me happy! I love seeing the stockings full on Christmas Day and thinking about the whole reason for the season. I am looking forward to getting new books as presents this year! Plus, I am looking forward to reading some books to my younger cousins this holiday season, including the book I’m reviewing today.

In Layla’s Happiness, written by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, the book tells you what makes young and carefree Layla happy.

This book just came out in November and it is about a 7-year-old girl named Layla who shares what she thinks happiness is. Whether it’s eating spaghetti without a fork, or reading poetry, she has her own unique view on what makes her smile.

I liked this book because it was diverse and also just a normal story. What I mean by that is that there was a black person as the main character, but the book didn’t focus on her being black. I loved that Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie made a book where a little black girl was just being herself, talking about something anyone could talk about – being happy.

I also enjoyed the cute illustrations that really helped make the story so happy and colorful.

I recommend this book to readers ages 3 to 6. This is a good book for early readers to enjoy.

I rate Layla’s Happiness 4 out of 4 roses!


  1. Elena, I also really like books where the main characters are Black, but race isn’t necessarily central to the story. I think that’s great you picked up on that. Question- have you tried out any of the things that make Layla happy?


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