Happy Hunting Storybook

Grade Levels
PreK - 5th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • EBooks
36 pages
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Happy Hunting is the story of Liza, a girl who wakes up one morning believing she’s lost her HAPPY. When her mom suggests she go hunting for it, Liza’s adventure begins.

Why Share Happy Hunting:

We all struggle to find our happiness sometimes. It can be especially elusive for kids when they become overly focused on outer sources, particularly superficial ones like being popular, looking a certain way, being the best or having lots of stuff.

Without a strong sense of who they are and what brings them true happiness and joy, kids can become more vulnerable, susceptible to stress, anxiety, low moods and depression as they mature.

What's Included:

• This version of Happy Hunting is in PDF format and consists of the very same 36 colourful pages as the hard copy.

• The Happy HeART Activity (as shown in the Preview) is provided at the end of the story.

• Each page measures 8.5” x 11” and features original illustrations by professional artist Sandy Magee.

• The dyslexie font text is a special typeface uniquely designed to make reading and learning easier for everyone.

How To Use The Story:

The Happy Hunting story can simply be enjoyed with kids. It can also be used to plant seeds, spark conversations, develop emotional literacy and introduce each of the happy habits for life. Here's how:


Reading for enjoyment increases health and happiness. Learn how in 6 Benefits of Reading With Kids.

Planting seeds and starting conversations:
Included at the end of the story, the Happy HeART Activity offers a blank canvas for kids to explore their many sources of happiness, so they can hold these inside their hearts and access them anytime. Talking about or even merely imagining these sources can cause natural “feel-good-chemicals" to flood their brains and bodies, shift their experience and plant the seeds of practices that can grow into lasting habits.

Developing emotional literacy:
The Happy HeART Lesson provides a road-map for using the book and the Happy HeART Activity as teaching tools to introduce a range of feelings, make predictions, spark imagination, develop empathy and more.

Introducing happy habits for life:

We believe simple yet powerful happy habits grow healthy hearts, minds and bodies. This is why each one of the habits is touched upon within the story. When sharing Happy Hunting adults can choose to investigate none, any or all of these habits with kids:

From the beginning Liza notices, shares and cares for her feelings. Wishing to transform her BLAH feeling, she tries something new by going on a happy hunt. During her hunt, Liza slows down and looks for her happiness while spending time outside in nature. Experiencing kindness from others, Liza begins to have fun and her seemingly lost happy is found again. In the end, she feels thankful and celebrates with drinks and cookies made from real food using Liza's cookie recipe.

Whether enjoyed for entertainment or used as a teaching tool, Happy Hunting gives adults an opportunity to connect with kids and share the positive message that ...

"Happy's here

and happy’s there,

if you look

it’s everywhere"

Related Printables:

Happy Hunting Character Sketch

Happy Hunting Story Map

Happy Hunting Dot-to-Dot

Happy Hunting Word Find

Happy Hunting Bookmarks

Happy Habits Poster

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Total Pages
36 pages
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