Tears and Fears: Making Sense of Emotions with Kids

Helping your little one recognize and respond to the tumult of emotions they may be experiencing at any given time is no easy task, especially during the full wrath of a grocery-store tantrum! Taking time to name your child’s feelings or, better yet, providing them the space to name their feelings themselves, is just one aspect of your child’s emotional literacy development. These recently-published picture books for young kids can help you talk with your child about all those valid and complex feelings bouncing around inside.

My Heart Fills with Happiness
by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
Recommended for ages 0+
This is beautiful board book that teaches the very youngest to cherish those everyday moments that bring joy to our lives. It may very well be a welcome reminder for older readers, too.

When the Anger Ogre Visits
by Andrée Salom, illustrated by Ivette Salom
Recommended for ages 3+
We can all recall a moment of anger when something didn’t go our way, and it was probably more recent than we’d like to admit. That anger ogre can quickly grow out of control unless we know how to tame it. You’ll enjoy this book for more than just the cute story because it introduces practical calming strategies to help kids reshape their anger into something more gentle. Continue reading “Tears and Fears: Making Sense of Emotions with Kids”

Emotional Picture Books: Picture Books about Feelings

Posted by Erin M.

Children experience a range of emotions every day. They can go from happy to frustrated to angry in mere moments, and every child experiences and expresses their emotions differently. Helping children understand and communicate those emotions is a big task, but sharing picture books with children may be one way to start. Finding the right picture books can be a challenge, but luckily your librarians are here to help.

Click here to view The Feelings Book in the SPL catalogTodd Parr’s The Feelings Book is a great introduction to the world of emotions. Bright colors and childlike illustrations make this a great starting point for parents, teachers, and caregivers looking to expose children to the world of “feelings”. The feelings described aren’t necessarily your standard ‘happy,’ ‘sad,’ and ‘mad’, but more to the tune of, “Sometimes I feel like looking out the window all day.” This book will be sure to make you and your little one giggle and smile. Continue reading “Emotional Picture Books: Picture Books about Feelings”