Book Review: Remember to Smile by Shannon Q. McDonald

In the age of Covid19 young children are having to experience so many new, confusing, and sometimes scary things. More and more places are requiring they or the adults around them wear masks, including their schools and pre-schools. This book adds some silliness and laughs around mask wearing to help young children see masks as something funny and not scary. It does so by describing and illustrating all the different styles of masks, characters that wear them, when you can wear them, and ‘interesting’ ways to use them. Colorful and funny illustrations bring the book to life and will have kids giggling on the floor.

REMEMBER TO SMILE is a 300 word children’s picture book intended for ages 2-6 years old. With rhyming and rhythmic text, it makes reading the book aloud even more fun. Now more than ever young children can benefit from books that encourage laughing while featuring the new and strange realities we are living in right now.

Things looks a bit different these days as we go out and about, especially for those little ones that are headed back to daycare or school this fall. As our kids start to see and wear masks it can be a somewhat confusing. With the help of some giggles and a wiener dog, perhaps children will become a bit more comfortable with the idea of face masks.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Remember to Smile is a children’s book of our time. It encourages children to wear masks in a fun way with colorful illustrations and rhyming text. Some of the text is a bit silly, and I’m sure kids will think it’s funny. It does its job encouraging children to wear a mask and to not be afraid when so many other people are wearing them. I think it could be a little more organized, though. It jumps from reality to mermaids back to reality to dragons, etc.

Speaking of dragons, that page didn’t make sense to me. I haven’t read this book to my grandkids yet, but I’m sure that they will point out that dragons will set fire to their house with or without a mask.

Remember to Smile is a beautifully illustrated book that children will enjoy while learning about masks.

About the Author

A Midwest girl at heart, Shannon Q. McDonald is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not long after graduating from law school, she moved to California to work in entertainment law at WME. After a few years in California, she and her husband moved to South Florida to raise their own family. Along with daughter Sloane (5), son Sean (3) and their wiener dog, Rudy, they are now residents of sunny Delray Beach, Florida. When not balancing remote school schedules and playdates, Shannon works as corporate counsel for a large technology and outsourcing company, Everise Holdings, while still maintainng her own law practice for select clients.

website: Remember to Smile