Recommended Reads: Children's Books on Feelings
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Anger, Bad Moods & Hurt Feelings
- When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry byCall Number: JP BangEverybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. In this Caldecott Honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. What do you do?
- When Sophie's Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt byCall Number: JP BangSophie is hurt when the other children laugh at her and tell her she made her painting wrong. "The sky isn't orange! Trees aren't blue!" In the end, the students learn there are many different ways to interpret the world--and each other.
- Llama Llama Mad at Mama byCall Number: JP DewdneyDoes any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can't leave Llama at home, so off they go. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting mad, and before he knows it, he's having a full-out tantrum!
- The Pout-Pout Fish byCall Number: JP DiesenThe pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise.
- Angry Cookie byCall Number: JP DockrillCookie has woken up on the wrong side of the bed and is very angry. A story that suggests that sometimes the best way to cheer up a grumpy lump is simply by being there.
- Sweep byCall Number: JP GreigEd's bad mood begins as something really small, but before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town. Can Ed sweep his troubles away?
- Bernice Gets Carried Away byCall Number: JP HarrisonHaving missed out on the other treats at a friend's birthday party, a grumpy cat grabs all of the balloons and floats into the sky, where she sees that her problems are not so big after all.
- The Bad Seed byCall Number: JP JohnThis is a book about a bad seed. How bad? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be happy?
- The Sour Grape byCall Number: JP John (NEW)The Sour Grape holds grudges for every reason under the sun. But when a friend holds a grudge against the Sour Grape without listening to an explanation, the Sour Grape realizes how unfair grudges can be.
- Millie Fierce byCall Number: JP ManningMillie is quiet, but the kids at school don't listen to her. So that's when Millie decides she to be fierce. But she soon realizes that being fierce isn't the best way to get noticed either, especially when it makes you mean. So Millie decides to be nice--but to keep a little of that fierce backbone inside her.
- Out of a Jar byCall Number: JP Marcero (NEW)Llewellyn tucks all his feelings away in a jar,and after a while, doesn’t feel much of anything. He soon discovers that life is more colorful when he faces his feelings and is able to let them go.
- Grumpy Pants byCall Number: JP MesserPenguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over.
Anger, Bad Moods & Hurt Feelings
- The Problem with Problems byCall Number: JP RooneyHow do you deal with problems? Find out in this insightful picture book that personifies "problems" as creatures, and teaches readers how to handle one when it appears.
- Mad at Mommy byCall Number: JP SakaiLittle Bunny is REALLY MAD at his mommy. It's time for Little Bunny to SPEAK OUT. And time for a hug later on.
- The Bad Mood and the Stick byCall Number: JP SnicketOnce 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 the bad mood off to now? You never know what is going to happen.
- Grumpy Bird byCall Number: JP TankardBird wakes up feeling grumpy. Too grumpy to eat or play--too grumpy even to fly. He walks past Sheep, who offers to keep him company. He walks past Rabbit, who also could use a walk. Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox join in, too. Before he knows it, a little exercise and companionship help Bird shake his bad mood.
- Flabbersmashed about You byCall Number: JP VailWhen Katie's best friend Jennifer plays with Roy at recess instead of with her, Katie is surprised and angry.
- How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger byCall Number: J 152.47 VerdickAnger is a part of life. We can't avoid it, we shouldn't stuff it, and we can't make it go away. Kids need help learning how to manage their anger. This book speaks directly to them and offers strategies they can start using immediately.
- I Feel! byCall Number: JP Medina (NEW)Colorful illustrations and simple text help young readers process their emotions,
- Big Feelings byCall Number: JP Penfold"I have big feelings You have them too. How can I help? What can we do?" The author of "All Are Welcome" helps children navigate the emotional challenges they face in their daily lives.
- How Do You Feel? byCall Number: JP RockwellDo you feel happy? Sad? Silly? Angry? This books helps children and parents talk about feelings!
- The Feelings Book byCall Number: BB ParrChildren express different moods, including "I feel very mad," "I feel like reading books all day," and "I feel like wearing funny underwear."
- The Feelings Book byCall Number: J 155.433 MadisonDiscusses a variety of emotions girls might experience and suggests ways of dealing with them.
- Meditation Is an Open Sky byCall Number: J 158.12 StewartLearn simple exercises to help manage stress, feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, and calm anger when frustrated.
Feeling Scared & Anxious
- The Worry (Less) Book byCall Number: J 152.46 BrianWe all have a mixture of fun and not-so fun feelings. And everyone feels worried sometimes. But too much anxiety can get in the way. So this book is here to help you identify your anxiety, understand why it's just part of that thing we call life, and equip you with all the tools you need to find calm again.
- Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves! byCall Number: J 155.9 RomainUses silly jokes and light-hearted cartoons along with serious advice to help readers recognize the causes of stress, and how to handle how to handle worry and anxiety.
- I'm Worried byCall Number: JP BlackPotato is worried about what might happen in the future, causing Flamingo to worry, too, but their friend, a little girl, encourages them to focus on enjoying the present instead.
- What If... ? byCall Number: JP BrowneJoe is headed to his first party and is very anxious: What if he doesn't like the food or the games or the people? As Joe and his mom walk down the darkening street, Joe's imagination starts to run wild. And as they search for the right place, he wonders "what if..." at each house, peeking in to see some surprising sights.
- The Little Bit Scary People byCall Number: JP JenkinsSome people are a little bit strange or a little too loud, and just a little bit scary. But I bet, if you knew them, and knew their favorite things, you'd think that maybe, (probably) most people aren't so scary after all.
- The Good Egg byCall Number: JP JohnWhen the other eggs in his carton behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from the anxiety of feeling like he needs to be perfect.
- I Am (Not) Scared byCall Number: JP KangTwo fuzzy creatures go to an amusement park and discover that being frightened may not be as scary as one thinks.
- I Feel Safe byCall Number: JP McPhail (NEW)Thunder cracks. Lightning flashes. The lights go out. But Mommy, Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa help a young girl feel safe. What makes you feel safe?
- The Don't Worry Book byCall Number: JP ParrWith colorful pictures and a reassuring message, Parr shows that sometimes we worry--but there are lots of things you can do to help you feel better.
- The I'm NOT SCARED Book byCall Number: JP ParrRelates the things that can frighten children and how these fears may be overcome.
- I Used to Be Afraid byCall Number: JP SeegerA scary spider can actually produce a gorgeous web, and sometimes the dark can transform into a magical night sky. What seems scary at first can become magical. It all depends on perspective.
- Don't Worry, Murray byCall Number: JP SteinMurray worries about lots of things. He doesn't want to go out in the rain. He's scared of the barking dogs at the park. Fireworks make him jump. But gradually he learns that he can put on a raincoat., make new friends, and be brave.