Tantrums, meltdowns, anxiety, fear, sadness, tears BIG emotions…
Okay, these are feelings that we see in our house, from all of us! I don’t know about you but I want ALL the books that I can get my hands on discussing FEELINGS, especially when they teach positive behavior and offer coping skills for our family.
Take a look at these powerful books to help guide children with their feelings. These books are perfect to read with your little one’s and offer guidance to navigate feelings! You might even learn some skills for yourself, I know I have when reading these with our son.
Red, Red, Red – A gentle book about dealing with emotions and calming toddler tantrums (and the grownup helping guiding them through!) The perfect picture book for handling bad days and bad moods. Great for 3 years & older.
First-Time Feelings Complete Collection – These colorful, child-friendly, sturdy-paged picture books embrace uniqueness and positivity. The collection includes:
- Cautious Chameleon – Cautious Chameleon didn’t want to stand out, but being the same doesn’t always feel right.
- Different – Flo the flamingo always feels too different, but her friends help her to see that everyone is different.
- Grumpy Tortoise – Friends have a way of making things better when you wake up grumpy!
- Scaredy Cat – Everyone scares Scaredy Cat, but things aren’t always what they seem.
- Steady Sloth – Steady Sloth shows his friends that good things come from taking it slow and steady.
- Worry – Peter the puffer fish worried about lots of things, but his friends always help him feel better.
All of these books in the set can also be purchased separately. Great for 2 years & older.
All About Feelings – How are you feeling today? This exciting exploration of different emotions helps young children learn to answer this important question in a lively and engaging way. Also available in Spanish. Great for 3 years & older.
Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers: What are Feelings? – A busy and interactive reference book which answers all children’s questions about all types of feelings. Learning what words to put on each feeling is important, as it will allow children to identify what they are feeling and why, and help them with their general well-being. A great book to satisfy curious minds and answer all those pressing questions that just can’t wait. Great for 3 years & older.
Lift-the-Flap First Questions and Answers: Why Do Things Die? A beautiful and gentle look at the circle of life using animal characters to explore the emotions and facts around death, with questions such as: Is it ok to talk about dying? What happens when someone dies? Can I shout and cry and hide away? and How can I stop feeling sad? Great for 3 years & older.
Be Brave! – These activities and fun exercises will help you feel braver, understand your feelings, make choices about how to react, talk to others about your worries (if you want to), and grow in courage, confidence and positivity. Great for 5 years & older.
Be Positive! – Readers use creativity to combat negative feelings and boost self-esteem with the writing, craft, and doodling activities designed to help them feel more self-confident. The supportive activities in this book are designed to tackle child anxiety and stress, help the child to work out how and why they feel worried, encourage them to talk to others about their worries (if they want to), and feel calmer. Great for 5 years & older.
No Worries! – The supportive activities in this book are designed to tackle child anxiety and stress, help the child to work out how and why they feel worried, encourage them to talk to others about their worries (if they want to), and feel calmer. The supportive activities in this book are designed to tackle child anxiety and stress, help the child to work out how and why they feel worried, encourage them to talk to others about their worries (if they want to), and feel calmer. Great for 5 years & older.
The Unworry Book – This illustrated, write-in book is an unworry toolkit, for distracting you from any anxieties, calming you down, and providing a place to sort through your worries and thoughts. It includes a variety of activities, from things to write, color, and design, to calm-down tactics and relaxation exercises. Great for school aged children.
Hello, Happy! – The age-appropriate drawing and writing exercises in this book will help the child to define and understand their feelings, deal with emotions, and discover paths to happiness, peace, and positivity. Great for 5 years & older.
Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster – Whenever Jonathan James finds himself in a new situation, he hears his Whatif Monster asking all kind of questions to stop him trying something new: What if it’s scary? What if they laugh? What if it’s hard? Finally, Jonathan James has some questions of his own: What if they don’t? What if it isn’t? What then? Great for 4 – 7 year olds.
I’m Not (Very) Afraid of the Dark – When the sun goes down, the Dark stretches out. The Dark can be scary, but it can be other things too – it depends on how you see it… This gorgeous picture book tells the story of a little boy’s fear of the dark. With friendly text and hundreds of tiny holes that show shadows and a starry sky, this is a beautiful book to share with young children. Great for children 3+ years.
The Perfect Shelter – A story about sisters. A story about love. A story about how it feels when someone close to you is diagnosed with a serious illness. A book to help name and explore the complicated feelings borne of heartbreaking situations. Great for school aged children.
I Breathe – Using their imaginations children are encouraged to try the depicted child-friendly yoga poses and breathing techniques, designed to help them control their emotions. Great for 3 years & older.
Miss Molly’s School of Kindness – Meet Frankie, Felix and Freddie, three little fox cubs who are struggling to be kind…until they stumble across Miss Molly’s School of Kindness. Follow their lessons in this gentle, inspiring book as they learn to be kind to others, be kind to themselves and be kind to the planet. Great for 3 years and older.
Best Behavior – Follow an adorable cast of characters throughout the day as they learn to be kind, considerate, and caring in this cheerful and colorful rhyming book. Great for 4 – 7 year olds.
Mind Your Manners – It’s okay to enjoy roaring loudly. We all deserve some time to play. But all lions should practice those soft growls for the quieter times of the day. Welcome to the jungle! It’s full of misbehaving animals from messy monkeys to grumpy grizzly bears. But now it’s time for them – and you! – to learn how good manners make the world go round. Great for 3 years & older.
All Better – Dog hurt his foot, Sheep scratched her tummy and Bear sat on a splinter! What will make everything all better? Clean it, kiss it and put a bandage on it! Your little ones will see an example of empathy toward others and will flip the pages to see the five animal friends’ misadventures and be eager to help make things “all better” with the five reusable and repositionable stickers. Great for 3 years & older.
I hope this list is a helpful resource for your family! Helping guide your family with feelings (big and small) is a wonderful way to connect with your little ones and guide them to understand feelings.
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