Welcome to I Smile at the Sun!
If you grew up reading Dr. Seuss and love fun tongue-twisting rhymes, then you've come to the right place. Judith Barrett Lawson has written an amazing poem book that is not only just for kids but also "Misidentified Grown-ups."  

Renowned Novelist Kaye Gibbons said, "This book is lovely, genuine, and true. It's is about grace, kindness, good humor, and goodwill, things we all need and deserve a few doses of these days."

Between Judith Barrett Lawson's clever wordplay, and the delightful illustrations by Netta Jones, I Smile at the Sun will transport readers on a whimsical journey through childhood -- it's joys, silly mishaps, and small everyday wonders.Yet you don't have to be a child to smile at I Smile at the Sun. 

Each poem is a celebration of life.

In the Tradition of Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, but in her own unique voice, Lawson brings together lighthearted humor with heartfelt insights, offering friendly wisdom on growing up, loss, and the importance of dreams. 


"I want these poems to be accessible for any child of any age," said Lawson. 

"But I never want to 'write down' to kids. Children are so smart, and I deeply respect that."



When first workshopped and produced as a play, the Los Angeles Times called I Smile at the Sun a "perky and at times poignant staging of rhymes, tongue-twisters, and Dr. Seuss-like poems."

I Smile at the Sun has been produced a total of 4 times with nothing but stellar reviews.

I Smile at the Sun is now Available for Presale at:


and Available Nationwide, September 19th, 2023.