How Do You Feel?, by Lizzy Rockwell
This is a must-have if you live with a toddler! Happy, sad, goofy, mad and more are just some of the sentiments expressed in this adorable children’s book about emotions. Children are seen in a variety of scenarios, and the expressive facial expressions on each page help young readers understand why they are feeling the way they are in each situation. Emotional literacy can be built on the foundation of this book, and it can also be used as a springboard for important early discussions with children about their feelings.
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings, by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel happy, sad, angry, or brave, this is the book for you. Direct language and visuals are used in a basic, childlike manner to assist children understand their own emotional development in a way that is easy for them to comprehend. To help children develop emotional literacy and begin to express themselves, this book presents a comprehensive review of feelings.
Tiger Days, by M.H. Clark and illustrated by Anna Hurley
My all-time favorite children’s book on the subject of emotions is this one! This fantastic read-aloud introduces children to a wide range of basic emotions they may experience at any one time. Emotions are depicted through the actions of different animals, and this helps explain how a child could feel and act when experiencing a certain mood in a way that is relatable. For youngsters, Tiger Days provides a simple and effective method for categorizing their emotions with animals and their specific actions, as well as the words they need to communicate themselves to others.
My Heart, by Corinna Luyken
The heart is shown in a variety of ways on each page of this beautiful narrative. They discover that the heart may be anything from a puddle to a slide to an open window as they trek through the many emotions that it experiences. On some pages, the children are sorrowful; on others, they are joyous. When confronted with a difficult emotion, individuals turn to their loved ones and friends for support. Regardless of whether their hearts are open or closed, tiny or enormous, each and every child has the option to choose how he or she feels at any given time.
The Color Monster: A Pop Up Book of Feelings, by Anna Llenas
For your smallest children who need a simple explanation of typical feelings and how they often manifest in youngsters, this is an excellent children’s book about feelings. When it comes to helping children understand their emotions, this book is an excellent choice for parents looking for a gentle approach to do so. The book’s pop-up pages provide intrigue while also reinforcing the text’s grammatical constructions.
Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers, by Laura Renauld and illustrated by Brigette Barrager:
Mr. Rogers (as well as Daniel Tiger!) is a huge part of our family culture. This lovely biography introduces children to a famous role model and the range of emotions that molded him as a young man and finally provided a catalyst for his acclaimed television show.. He began to wonder whether he could help youngsters feel loved and special by creating a safe and loving environment for them. Instead of just observing, he put his ideas into action by creating an animated series that allowed him to share his thoughts and feelings with youngsters in a fun and productive way. We learn about the life of Mr. Rogers and how important it is to have emotional intelligence and the ability to express one’s emotions to others.
Maybe Tomorrow?, by Charlotte Agell and illustrated by Ana Ramirez Gonzalez
Elba, a pink hippopotamus, is constrained by a massive block that she carries everywhere she goes. When Norris travels somewhere, there’s always a cloud of butterflies following him around. While Norris tries to persuade Elba to join him, the block frequently comes in the way. Norris, on the other hand, never gives up trying to persuade Elba to join him, following her example and assisting her in managing her block. Elba’s block gets smaller and smaller, and her weight begins to ease. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful book I’ve ever read on the subject of grieving.
Virginia Wolf, by Kyo Maclear and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Book, largely inspired by Virginia Woolf’s relationship with her sister, depicts a youngster battling depression and the role art plays in helping her return to being a girl. ‘Wolves and Girls’ It portrays how someone with depression might act and how loved ones might try to help them. You should keep this book in your house and read it aloud to any child who is dealing with the dark or with a loved one who is also dealing with the dark. Every time I read it, I’m taken aback by how amazing it is.
I’m Sad, by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi:
This is a book I’ve suggested to friends and students numerous times because of its gentle approach to melancholy. Sighing is universal; everyone has felt down at one point or another; and this story shows that even our greatest friends can’t cheer us up when we’re feeling low—but this is fine. Our friends will always be there for us, no matter how dark things get. During difficult times at home, my family frequently turned to I’m Sad, a children’s book on feelings, for comfort.
When Sadness is at Your Door, by Eva Eland:
For children, grief is depicted as a guest who must be identified and given a name and a face in order to make it less mysterious. The author even suggests activities you might do with melancholy, such as going on a stroll or sitting silently together, which adds to the story’s charm. There is no need to try to expel the guest or make it leave, according to the author’s advice. She, on the other hand, treats melancholy with dignity and makes an effort to make it less terrifying for children. What an original and refreshing take on the concept of sadness! Children (and adults!) will be reminded that their sadness is not something that lasts forever, thanks to the idea that sadness comes as a visitor!