From the time our kids are born, they’re trying to communicate how they’re feeling. It starts with the basics—feeling hungry, tired, wet, or cold—but as our babies grow into children, they begin to experience emotions they don’t yet have the words to articulate. These feelings can come out in tears, temper tantrums, clinginess, or acting out.
Throw in a disruption to routine, an unexpected hurdle, or, you know, a global pandemic, and we might see the emotions in our kids magnified. We can help them by acknowledging their feelings, helping them notice changes in their body when they feel a certain way, like clenched fists or a racing heart, and naming what we think they’re feeling. Books can be helpful companions in this learning for parents and for kids, so we rounded up some editors’ favorites and highly-rated books to help you help your kids with their big emotions.
The color monster's emotions are all mixed up until a friend helps him describe each feeling.
A beautiful book with captivating illustrations that touches on all of the emotions of the human experience—just how Mister Rogers would've wanted.
Anger and Frustration
In Llama Llama's rhyming fashion, we see Llama Llama's frustration mount into a tantrum while on an errand with his mama.
In this award-winning book, we see a range of emotions in Sophie, including ways to move on from anger.
Love and Empathy
Worry and Anxiety
Whimsical illustrations help tell this sweet story about coping when a friend moves away, but also feels relatable for any child who can't be with their friends right now.
This story highlights how love connects us to those we care about. It can help kids deal with separation anxiety, family far away, or the loss of a loved one.
In this story, a tree is afraid of losing his leaves, until he sees the other trees growing bigger and stronger. A great book for kids who have a hard time with change.
Ruby learns the worst thing and the best thing to do when you find a worry. A great dialogue opener if you suspect your little one worries more than others.
Read More: 10 Ways to Manage Your Child’s Anxiety