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Children’s Books About Feelings: Using Stories to Share Our Feelings and Learn About Ourselves

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Explore big emotions with your child through these stories featuring a variety of strong emotions. Beginning to identify our emotions is the first step in developing self-control.


Grumpy Monkey

Suzanne Lang

Jim Panzee wakes up in a bad mood one beautiful day, but he keeps denying he is grumpy even as his friends give advice for feeling better.

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When I Feel Sad

Cornelia Spelman

A young guinea pig describes situations that make him sad, how it feels to be sad, and how he can feel better, in a tale that uses simple and reassuring language to help young children understand and manage their feelings.

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Dragon Was Terrible

Kelly DiPucchio

When a dragon has a temper tantrum, no one can tame him, except for a little boy with a good book.

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Hurty Feelings

Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger

It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.

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My No No No Day

Rebecca Patterson

Readers will say, "Yes, yes, yes!" From the moment Bella wakes up, her day goes wrong. She hates her breakfast egg, she won't share, she has a hurting foot, her supper is too hot, and her bath is too cold. And then it's no, no, no to bedtime. But at last a yawn, a story, and a kiss from mother end the day, with the promise of a cheerful tomorrow. Every parent, teacher, and caregiver will respond to this hilariously accurate portrait of one toddler with a case of the Terrible Twos!

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The Most Magnificent Thing

Ashley Spires

A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!

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Kindergators: Miracle Melts Down

Traces the experiences of Miss Harmony's alligator kindergarteners, whose classmate throws disruptive temper tantrums.

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It’s Hard to Be Five

Jamie Lee Curtis

It's hard to be five. Just yelled at my brother. My mind says do one thing. My mouth says another. It's fun to be five! Big changes are here! My body's my car, and I'm licensed to steer. Learning not to hit? Having to wait your turn? Sitting still? It's definitely hard to be five. But Jamie Lee Curtis's encouraging text and Laura Cornell's playful illustrations make the struggles of self-control a little bit easier and a lot more fun!

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Anh’s Anger

Gail Silver

When Anh becomes angry and says hurtful things, his grandfather tells him to go to his room and sit with his anger, which allows Anh to feel better. Based on teachings about mindfulness and Buddhism by Thich Nhat Hanh, and includes a list of retreat communities that practice mindful living.

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Fiona’s Feelings

John Hutton

When the Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo, Fiona, was born six weeks early, she was too small and weak to stand and nurse from her mother. With help from #TeamFiona, this once-tiny hippo is growing stronger every day. As Fiona explores the world around her, she is at times happy, mad, curious, and playful, as all children can be. Young readers will love exploring Fiona's feelings--and their own--while building important language and social-emotional skills.

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Storm Cloud

A child describes how it feels to experience a variety of emotions.

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In My Heart

Jo Witek

A young girl explores what different emotions feel like, such as happiness which makes her want to twirl, or sadness which feels as heavy as an elephant.

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I Feel Teal

Lauren Rille

A little girl has a rainbow of emotions in this gentle debut picture book that encourages little ones to express their feelings through color. You’re pink, you’re teal, you’re gray, you’re jade. You’re every golden, warmy shade… All of us have lots of feelings, and this sweet rhyming story cleverly uses colors to explore the wide range of emotions little ones experience throughout the day, from a shy scarlet to a quiet ecru to an exuberant magenta. Along the way it celebrates individuality and self-acceptance—after all, our feelings are the palette that makes us who we are!

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How Do You Feel?

Jodie Shepherd

Rhyming text helps toddlers identify and understand a variety of emotions, including happiness, sadness, and anger.

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First Emotions: How Do I Feel?

DK

Encourage little ones to explore their feelings with this ideal introduction to key emotions: Anger, Pride, Happiness, and Sadness. It is often difficult for children, and adults, to articulate their emotions and to understand why they act the way they do. This colorful illustrated ebook encourages pre-schoolers to understand what is happening in their body when they feel happy or sad, and how strong feelings can shape their actions. Fun characters illustrate each emotion, from a little flame representing Anger to a sparkly star for Pride, and simple text is ideal for reading aloud.

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The Color Monster

Anna Llenas

The international bestseller that helps young children identify emotions and feel more in control, now available in a classic picture book format. One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.

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Finn Throws a Fit!

David Elliott, Timothy B. Ering

A cranky toddler has an enormous tantrum.

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Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day

Jamie Lee Curtis

Today I feel silly. Mom says it's the heat. I put rouge on the cat and gloves on my feet. I ate noodles for breakfast and pancakes at night. I dressed like a star and was quite a sight. Today I am sad, my mood's heavy and gray. There's a frown on my face and it's been there all day. My best friend and I had a really big fight. She said that I tattled and I know that she's right. Silly, cranky, excited, or sad--everyone has moods that can change each day.

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The Don’t Worry Book

Todd Parr

A book that reassures kids everywhere that even when things are scary or confusing, there's always something comforting around the corner. Todd Parr brings his trademark bright colors and bold lines to his new book about things that might make kids worry--from loud news, to loud neighbors, or a big day at school.

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