Learning through stories (part 13) - Best books for introducing emotions
Little ones experience all sorts of emotions, but may not understand why they feel the way they do. These books explain to children why they feel angry, sad, happy, scared and other emotions, and how they should deal with these feelings, in a fun and gentle way.
How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne
Sometimes you feel happy, sometimes sad, sometimes surprised! Artist and Children's Laureate Anthony Browne brings his skill and understanding to this exploration of young children's emotions. It will reassure children and help them understand how they feel using simple words and fun pictures - and it stars a friendly little chimp!
My Feelings by Sarah Jennings
With tabbed pages and friendly characters, this colourful book can help little ones understand all about their emotions and realise it's OK to have them. From being happy to sad to grumpy, it offers suggestions for how children can deal with each emotion, so that they don't become overwhelmed.
In My Heart by Jo Witek
This gentle story features a sweet little girl who explains exactly how she feels when she experiences all sorts of emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, shyness and more. Little ones will learn valuable new vocabulary and can use it to practise identifying and articulating their own emotions. A multi-coloured die-cut heart runs through the entire book, giving it an extra beautiful element.
Wilbur's Book of Feelings by Valerie Thomas
This colourful, sturdy board book is full of bright, lively images. Winnie's mischievous cat Wilbur wants to share all his emotions with little readers, whether he's surprised, worried, playful or dizzy! This cute and cuddly character will introduce little ones to emotions in an entertaining and engaging way.