Feelings & Emotions

When children have strong feelings and emotions about something, it’s important to have someone to talk to about them! Check out these books to help guide your talks through emotions with a young child.

The Sunday Blues

Neal Layton

Overcome back-to-school worries with this charmingly funny tale. What's good about Sundays? Walking the dog, splashing in puddles, visiting Auntie Vera and yummeroony food! So why has Steve got Sunday Blues? Could it be because Monday morning is

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Home for a While

Lauren Kerstein

Calvin is in foster care, and he wants to trust someone, anyone, but is afraid to open his heart. He has lived in a lot of houses, but he still hasn't found his home. When he moves in with Maggie, she shows him respect, offers him kindness, and

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My Feelings and Me

Holde Kreul

Do you know your own feelings? Sometimes, we're happy, so we laugh and shout with glee. Other times, we're angry, and want to rage and roar. It is not easy to deal with our many contradictory emotions. To recognize our own feelings and deal

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When Sophie's Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt

Molly Bang

Sophie's is hurt when the other children laugh at her painting of her favorite tree--but when she explains her painting everybody understands what she was trying to do.

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When I Feel Scared

Cornelia Maude Spelman

Children often feel afraid. This book, with its comforting words and illustrations, will help children address those fears and learn some new ways to cope with being afraid. First, a little bear describes some of the things that frighten him, like ba

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When I Feel Jealous

Cornelia Maude Spelman

A bear cub describes situations that make her jealous: when someone has something she wants, when someone is good at something she wants to be good at, and when someone else gets all the attention. "Jealousy is a prickly, hot, horrible feeling.

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Way Past Worried

Hallee Adelman

Brock is worried. Way past worried, with his heart thumping and his mind racing. Today is his friend Juan’s superhero party and he’s going all by himself. What if nobody plays with him? What if everyone laughs at him? Brock doesn’t feel like a

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Tilda Tries Again

Tom Percival

From the creator of Ruby Finds a Worry, the perfect picture book for helping children embrace change. Tilda doesn't like change. Why would she, when her life is great just the way it is? But one day, Tilda's world turns completely UPSIDE DO

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Out of a Jar

Deborah Marcero

This highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed and bestselling picture book In a Jar stars one little bunny dealing with some very big feelings. Llewellyn does not like to feel afraid or sad, angry, lonely, or embarrassed. And so he co

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Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler

Margery Cuyler

Determined to teach the importance of kindness to her class, Mrs. Ruler gives out an assignment that soon inspires everyone, with the exception of David, to be nicer to one another, yet when the class gerbils escape and David saves the day, he learns

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Happy Right Now

Julie Berry

An illustrated picture book that teaches the best way to be happy is to embrace the circumstances we find ourselves in each day Happy Right Now brings a much-needed message to kids: it’s great to feel happy, but it’s okay to feel sad sometimes to

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The Bad Mood and the Stick

Lemony Snicket

New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket sheds light on the way bad moods come and go. Once there was a bad mood and a stick. The stick appeared when a tree dropped it. Where did the bad mood come from? Who picked up the stick? And where is t

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Big Feelings

Alexandra Penfold

In their bestselling picture book All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman celebrate kindness, inclusivity, and diversity. Now with Big Feelings, they help children navigate the emotional challenges they face in their daily lives. What

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Can I Play Too?

Samantha Cotterill

A young boy building a train track with his friend is headed for trouble until a teacher steps in and helps him learn social cues of anger and happiness.

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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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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

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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 an

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Ruby Finds a Worry

Tom Percival

Meet Ruby--a happy, curious, imaginative girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry. It's not such a big Worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger . . . And a little bigger . . . Until eventually, the Worry is ENOR

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When Sadness is at Your Door

Eva Eland

A comforting primer in emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests we approach the feeling of sadness as if it is our guest. Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if

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