5 Picks for Naming and Expressing More Feelings than Just "Happy" and "Sad"

Today I Feel Silly Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis; Illustrated by Laura Cornell

Brilliantly conveying the wide range of emotions children (and adults!) experience, this story is awesome for naming and explaining many feelings - both physical and emotional. It's silly, serious, and totally on-point. Help children identify and experience any of their emotions and understand how they come and go. There is also an interactive spinner with feelings at the end that kids love. One of my absolute favorite books!

 

One by Kathryn Otoshi

Colors, feelings, and numbers roll together in this fabulous book touching on a range of deep topics, like accepting differences and speaking out when something isn't right, yet couched in very simple language. Introducing a range of normal feelings and unraveling how they change over time, this story helps name a wide variety of feelings. The colors don't know what to do until someone takes initiative!

 

Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox, Marla Frazee

Most children's books about feelings are about *children's* feelings, so this choice uniquely conveys adult feelings. Parents aren't always cool as cucumbers. This story showing parents' feelings is a great example of an adult feeling frustrated and then resolving it. Especially recommended to read to high-energy kids. You might recognize yourself (in a good way)!

 

Jack's Worry by Sam Zuppardi

Jack is nervous. He didn't think he would be when he was excited about playing in his first concert. Reassuring, this story more than unpacks worry about first experiences, it also reveals the positive side of doing something for the first time! 

 

 

 

 

Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia; illustrated by Ying Hui Tan

Interactive and engaging book that links physical sensations to emotions. Help children listen to their bodies and acknowledge their feelings. This book effectively provides the words to name and express emotions, and more importantly that feelings are all okay!