The Happy Crab

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True happiness comes from putting others first.

Happy is an adventurous little crab whose world is suddenly turned upside down (literally!) when a mama and her son find his large, unbroken shell on the beach. When they discover the crab is still living inside his perfect home, the boy is faced with a decision: Keep him or let him go. This delightful tale, based on a true story, reminds us how important it is to put others' needs ahead of our own.


"Like the best stories, this simple tale brings profound truth to readers young and old. The Happy Crab reminds us that loving something well often looks like letting it go. This poignant book will be in your heavy bedtime reading rotation!"

Katherine and Jay Wolf, authors of Hope Heals and Suffer Strong

"Having known Layla and Kevin for years, I have had the joy of watching their creativity grow in so many areas. This book is such a beautiful combination of a deep message and a whimsical, joyful story. It's a reminder we all need: there is beauty in being valued, known, and encouraged to thrive exactly where you are supposed to be."

Angie Smith, writer and teacher

"If you're looking for the perfect happy read for you and your child, look no further than The Happy Crab. Layla and Kevin bring to life a beautiful adventure of parenting, finding a fun little moment and turning it into a memorable life lesson." 

Liz Marie Galvan, interior designer, blogger, and author

"This beautiful book is an adventure and a joy! So HAPPY to have found it."

Sherry Petersik, author, blogger, and mother of two happy kids and one sleepy Chihuahua

The Authors

  1. Layla Palmer

    Layla Palmer

    Layla Palmer is a writer/designer and the founder of the popular The Lettered Cottage blog and social media, where she shares posts, pictures, and practical tips for creating a beautiful life and home. She is known for her cheerful, cottage-style...

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  2. Kevin Palmer

    Kevin Palmer

    Kevin Palmer is a published songwriter who has sold over a million albums worldwide over the past nineteen years. In 2016, they adopted their effervescent Haitian son, Steevenson. A year later, they encouraged Kevin's retired parents to move in with them too....

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