Helping young children gain control of their emotions is a two-step process. First, they need to learn how to identify their emotions and then how to manage them through self regulation. Identifying and managing our own emotions as adults can be very difficult, but young children are still learning what emotions are and how to respond appropriately to everyday feelings like anger and sadness. As teachers and parents it is our job to help young children understand and identify their feelings, as well as communicate those feelings effectively to others.
Age-appropriate books can be helpful tools when it comes to learning how to identify and manage big feelings and emotions.
Books About Emotions
Grumpy Pants by Clare Messer
Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt by Molly Bang
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
When Sophie Gets Angry…Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems
Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
There Are No Animals in This Book (Only Feelings) by Chandi Sanchez
One of Those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
It’s Hard to Be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas
Also check out our Feelings and Emotions books, posters, and cards.