You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow

You Make Me Smile

Written by Layn Marlow
Illustrated by


You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow

It's the first snowfall of winter and the little girl in this story is filled with that sense of wonder we all experience when the world turns white. She builds a snowman and gives him a twig smile so that they may share a moment of happiness and know the promise of a friendship that will be renewed each year. Told through a simple narrative and with stunning illustrations, this is a book that focuses on the bonds of love and friendship and the pleasure we can give to each other with just a smile: messages that are perfect for the Christmas season.


Beautifully evocative of a snowy winter * My Book Corner * A snow-filled story guaranteed to melt the stoniest of hearts and enrapture young readers * Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Evening Post * This book is so captivating, the pages have a simplicity about them that makes everything seem so uncomplicated and safe. * Janette Perkins, The School Librarian Magazine * A touching gentle story which celebrates the power of a smile in words and pictures. Simple yet very effective, this is a delightful and heartwarming story to share with children on a chilly winter day. * Parents in Touch *

About the Author

Layn Marlow

Layn Marlow grew up in Essex. After studying history of art at Reading University, Layn began her career working for the library service. She lived in Belgium for several years but it was on her return to the UK that she enrolled as a mature student at Southampton University and received a first class degree in illustration.

Layn has numerous picture books published with Oxford University Press. She now lives in Hampshire with her husband, two children, a hamster and a goldfish. For relaxation she loves listening to Radio 4, knitting and karate!

Photo credit Tom Greenwood

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32 pages


Layn Marlow
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd October 2014



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