• It’s normal to feel strong emotions and helping children understand their emotions and how to cope with emotions will provide them with life skills. Aside from talking to children about their emotions, books and stories will help children recognize feelings and support their understanding with appropriate ways to respond depending on the situation. Listed are suggested books regarding different emotions and situations.

    Anger/Frustration: 

    I’m Furious (Dealing with Feelings,) By:  Elizabeth Crary
    I Hate Everything! By:  Sue Graves
    How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger, By:  Elizabeth Verdick
    Cool Down and Work Through Anger, By:  Cheri J. Meiners
    When I Feel Angry, By:  Cornelia Maude Spelman
    When Miles Got Mad, By:  Abbie Schiller
    Mad Isn’t Bad, By:  Mundy Michaelene
    When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry… By:  Molly Bang
    Happy Hippo, Angry Duck (a book of moods), By: Sandra Boyton
    Zach Gets Frustrated, By:  William Mulcahy
    Sally Simon Simmons’ Super Frustration Day, By:  Betsey Brown Braun
    The Way I Feel, By: Janan Cain

    Worry/Anxiety:

    I have a Worry, By:  Tanya Balcke
    Wilma Jean the Worry Machine, By:  Julia Cook
    What to Do When You WORRY TOO MUCH, By:  Dawn Huebner
    Is A Worry Worrying You?  By:  Ferida Wolff
    DAVID and the WORRY BEAST, by Anne Marie Guanci
    Hey WARRIOR, By: Karen Young
    Don’t Feed The WorryBug, By:  Andi Green
    When My Worries Get Too Big!  By:  Kari Dunn Buron
    How BIG Are Your Worries Little Bear?  By:  Jayneen Sanders

    Sadness:

    I’m SAD, By: Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi
    When I Feel Sad, By: Cornelia Maude Spelman
    Life Without Nico, By: Andrea Maurana and Francisco Olea
    When Sadness is At Your Door, By:  Eva Eland
    Mr. Sherman’s Cloud, By:  David Habben
    The Pout-Pout Fish, By: Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna
    Bob’s Blue Period, By: Marion Denchars

    Grief:

    The Goodbye Book, By:  Todd Parr
    Wherever You Are my love will find you, By:  Nancy Tillman
    I’ll Always Love you, By:  Hans Wilhelm
    The Invisible String, By:  Patrice Karst
    Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, By:  Tomie dePaola
    Ida, ALWAYS, By:  Caron Levis and Charles Santoso
    I Miss You, By:  Pat Thomas
    If Only, By:  Carole Geithner
    THE SCAR, By:  Charlotte Moundlic
    Always and Forever, By:  Alan Durant

    Divorce/Separation:

    Two Homes, By:  Claire Masurel
    Dinosaurs Divorce, By:  Marc Brown
    My Family’s Changing, By:  Pat Thomas
    When My Parents Forgot How to Be Friends, By:  Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
    It’s Not Your Fault, KoKo Bear, by Vicki Lansky and Jane Prince
    Divorce is the Worst, by Anastasia Higginbotham
    One Rabbit, Two Worlds by Ray Medhora
    Tots Are Non-Divorceable by Sara Bonkowski
    I Don't Want to Talk About It By Jeanie Franz Ransom
    What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce By Danielle Lowry

    Moving:

    The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day, By: Stan and Jan Berenstain
    My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home, By: Lori Attanasio Woodring
    The Good-Pie Party, By:  Liz Garton Scanlon and Kady MacDonald Denton
    Little Critter: We Are Moving, By:   Mercer Mayer
    Big Ernie’s New Home: A Story for Young Children Who Are Moving, By: Terese Martin
    Tigger’s Moving Day, By: Kathleen W. Zoehfeld and Robbin Cuddy
    A Kiss Goodbye, By: Audrey Penn
    Henry And Mudge And Annie’s Good Move, By: Cynthia Rylant
    I Like Where I Am, By:  Jessica Harper

    Starting School:

    First Day Jitters, By:  Julie Danneberg
    The Day You Begin, By:  Jacqueline Woodson
    The Kissing Hand, By:  Audrey Penn
    Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat! by Rob Scotton
    David Goes to School by David Shannon
    You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
    Going to School by Anna Civardi
    Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman
    Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee