Songs to Make You Smile by Natsuki Takaya – 208 pages
This is a collection of short stories, most of which take expression, artistic or otherwise for their theme, and how bringing forth what’s inside brings one person closer to another. A boy writes a song for a girl so he can bring a smile to her face, and it brings them both happiness. A girl who thinks she was unloved by a deceased father is shown a closet of wrapped presents he never gave her by her stepmother. A viola-playing girl with a simple and direct style helps a violin-playing boy express his true music and be heard by others. A boy who likes to make quilts and stuffed animals finally finds the courage to give a handmade dress to his crush. Short, sweet tales from the creator of Fruits Basket.