There’s no denying that books are a wonderful tool for supporting our little learners through tricky feelings! Over my years as a teacher and parent, I’ve curated quite the collection of books all about feelings and emotions. Today I’d like to share some of my favourite books for teaching feelings and emotions with you!
Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer
Sophie is one of my favourite children’s authors inspiring social change in our next generation of little people! This delightful book shares simple ways our children can be kind. I highly recommend grabbing a few of Sophie’s books for your collection!
How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
I used this book frequently during my time an early years teacher and it has become something we refer to often as a family now too. The concept of the book is that we each have an imaginary bucket and when our bucket is full, we feel great. And when our bucket is empty, we feel awful. Our actions can either help to fill someones bucket or dip from their bucket. It’s a great book for exploring how our actions can affect others.
That’s Not the Plan by My Big Moments
I’m usually not a big fan of personalised stories by My Big Moments are ones I can get behind! In this story, your child is the main character and is heading off on a fun family camping trips but things just don’t go to plan. Together they learn how to overcome challenges and build resilience. This is a must-have in my opinion!
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
This book explores a range of feelings and emotions and names feelings and emotions in a really simple way – “ANGRY! Angry is how I feel right now,” I shout with a mighty roar. I mostly want to frown and growl and stomp upon the floor.”
‘When I’m Feeling’ series by Trace Moroney
This series is a popular one and there’s no denying why! Over several books, Trace explores a variety of feelings in a really child-friendly way! Each book also includes actionable tips for parents and educators as well as questions you can explore with your little learners.
How are you feeling today? By Molly Potter
This book is a wonderfully interactive resource for little learners. Once they have identified how they’re feeling, they can turn to the relevant page and find strategies to support them through a big feeling. This is one of my must-haves!
Find out about Kindness
This was a book I stumbled across at Kmart and it’s such a great little addition to our books about feelings. Over a series of pages, your little learner will be read about different characters in a range of scenarios. They’ll be asked how each character can be kind…and then lift the flap to see what the character did to be kind in that scenario. It’s a great interactive read for little learners!
In My Heart
My daughter was gifted this book from her Aunty and we loved it so much we got a copy for our niece as well. I love this book because it explains what each feeling feels like inside your body which is easy for young children to relate to.
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too
Featuring a range of men in different professions, this book touches on the notion that it’s okay for men to have feelings. It sends such a great message to young boys that you can be tough and still have feelings. It always gives me goosebumps when we read this book together and opens up great philosophical discussions around why the characters might be feeling sad. I highly recommend this one!
So how do you use these books?
Our books are accessible and ready to read often! We use them with our children when they are happy and eager to read so that later when they might be experiencing those big, tricky feelings, they have that background knowledge to draw from.
Right now, we have some of these books in the girls bedroom on their bedside table alongside some tools for emotional regulation. We’ve created a little calm down space with some of the visuals from my Feelings Play Pack as well because we want to support our little learners in their self regulation journey.
The books we’ve added to this space serve as a wonderful aide to their learning! I’ll write another blog post about this space for you soon but if you’d like to start exploring feelings and emotions with your little learners, be sure to grab a copy of my Feelings Play Pack!
I hope you have enjoyed my favourite books for teaching feelings and emotions! Be sure to come and share your favourites over on Instagram and tag me @littlelifelonglearners so I can see!