We’ve compiled the ultimate list of 40+ books for toddlers about feelings! This list of fantastic preschool books covers all area of social-emotional development, from understanding and recognizing emotions to coping with big feelings. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our list of the finest preschool books when you’ve finished with them!
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Don’t miss one of the best books for toddlers about feelings! “Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are,” the author says about this book. It’s a vibrant and inviting book that captures all of the emotions we might experience in a day, a week, or a month. This book covers a wide range of emotions, including jealousy, pride, gratitude, and boredom, in addition to the basic emotions of happy, sad, mad, and astonished.
The Way I Act by Steve Metzger
This fantastic book delves into thirteen various ways to act in our daily lives. It’s critical to understand how our actions affect our overall day and level of satisfaction, whether you’re curious or responsible, cooperative or persistent. Ideal for preschoolers who are gaining confidence and understanding the value of their contributions to their family and friends.
The Color Monster by Anna Llenas
Until a new acquaintance helps him understand his feelings, the Color Monster’s emotions are all over the place. This endearing monster learns to name his emotions and sort through the emotional “colors” we all encounter on a daily basis.
The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
For young children, this brightly colored book on feelings for preschoolers, with simple text and much simpler graphics, is enthralling. This book is one that small hands like to pick off the shelf and re-read time and time again, thanks to its bright and bold kid-like illustrations. It’s critical for young children to connect with their emotions and know that our moods change all the time!
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee
When this young boy experiences strong emotions, he often feels overwhelmed and perplexed as to why he has to experience them so intensely. Soon after, he finds a buddy who teaches him that emotions come and go, and that embracing them makes you feel less alone and offers you more joy!
The Crayons Book of Feelings by Drew Daywalt
Did you know that crayons, too, have emotions? Yes, we get to hang out with crayons while they explain how colors are often associated with our emotions. Most importantly, we might sometimes feel a rainbow of colors because we can experience multiple emotions at the same moment! This book is a fun read with helpful insight into our emotions. It is simple and adorable.
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
Did you know that your heart is like a house, filled with all of your emotions? We go through our emotions and experience the ups and downs in this beautiful book with a corresponding die-cut heart on every page. There are plenty of books in the series about feelings for preschoolers to choose from, ensuring that your preschooler appreciates and understands those powerful emotions.
Little Big Feelings by Deb Mills
This is a story that every preschool classroom needs! This book takes readers through instances of particular situations that can cause each emotion, reminding them that those emotions are normal, and teaching them how to deal with those BIG feelings. This tiny large book is a terrific book to look back to when those tremendous sensations strike, from frustration to nervousness to love.
Some Days by Karen Kaufman Orloff
This book is a great example of our everyday life, with rhyming text and colorful illustrations. Some days are full of excitement and mud splashing, while others are spent racing after the bus and not having the day we had planned. Orloff encourages readers to find joy in the little things in life.
Books For Dealing with Anger
Anger is a difficult emotion to master in preschool because it takes a lot of skill and repetition to turn wrath into a calm and collected response. These books are jam-packed with brilliant suggestions for helping youngsters acknowledge their anger, feel the heat, and then cool off in creative ways.
Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban
Mouse discovers that there is no right or wrong way to express one’s emotions. Do you have a rage? Do you stomp, hop, scream, or roll around on the ground to express yourself? Or maybe you just stand perfectly still and take a few deep breaths to help you relax? If that’s the case, you and Mouse have a lot in common. As he strives to shed his anger, Mouse teaches all of his animal companions to breathe with him.
When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang
Sophie’s BIG feelings loom in the air, heavy and seething, and kids may identify to the emotional drama of this novel. As Sophie becomes enraged at having to share her toy, the cartoonist depicts a big fire-breathing roar. Sophie goes on a mental journey to de-stress and discovers that painting helps her reconnect with her happier self in the end. This is an excellent book for preschoolers learning to deal with life skills such as sharing, taking turns, and waiting.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is a popular story about utilizing our imagination to deal with rage and frustration. Max, the young protagonist of the narrative, throws a tantrum and is escorted to his room. He creates us a wild imagined picture of strolling around an island where the Wild Things live when we’re in his room. This narrative contains a lot of teaching chances for young children, and it’s a terrific approach to show how we can calm ourselves by utilizing our amazing imagination.
Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival
Ravi is experiencing difficulties. He doesn’t mind being the youngest in his family most of the time, but now… he can’t control his rage! Everyone abandons this angry small child when he transforms into a fierce tiger. Ravi quickly learns that being a tiger is lonely because no one wants to play with him when he’s acting aggressively. This book is an excellent example of how it feels to be mad as a preschooler, with an emphasis on how to deal with it.
Books For Developing Kindness
I want my own children and students to have the ability to be kind if there is one thing I want them to have. We can model real-life compassion through the power of books about feelings for toddlers. This provides a tangible example of what kindness looks and feels like for toddlers. Enjoy these favorites, and don’t forget to check out the rest of our selection of kindness books for kids.
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
This is a great book to use with toddlers to teach them about the value of treating others with kindness and compassion. Brian is followed during his days at school, where he feels unnoticed. One day, a new student joins his class and helps him feel welcome, and the two of them end up shining in their own special ways. A really inspirational story for preschoolers as well as older children!
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
The novel Wonder, as well as the film adaptation, sparked a national movement to Choose Kind. The author adapted the story into a picture book for younger readers, telling the story of a small kid who is different from everyone else. He has a hard time with people being disrespectful to him or being unkind to him. He dreams of a day when everyone can see and gaze at one other with kindness. He is the one who knows the most… that we are all wonders.