This is great when little ones are in a bad mood but don’t know why. On this book, they swim along the Pout-Pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that’s sure to turn little pouts into big smiles.
This is geared towards upper elementary grades (Lexile level:1010L) and it is such an important topic that we wish children shouldn’t go through. It helps children cope with the loss of a pet and overcome the grief process learning to confront other losses they have in their life.
A touching and sensitive story for all ages, about accepting differences and dealing with the loss of a loved one.
In this wordless book, children will be inspired to tell their own stories with this filled with engaging, colorful images that show children all types of different facial expressions. This book allows for a wonderful shared reading experience for children who do not yet know how to read or who are just beginning to learn. The images tell a story of their own.
6. I Have Feelings / Tengo sentimientos by Bobbie Kalman (Bilingual)
This book explores the world of emotions and helps children identify their own feelings. Entertaining photographs show young readers what emotions look like on children’s faces.
7. Prudencia se preocupa by Kevin Henkes (Wemberly Worried)
Kevin Henkes shares Wemberly’s story, a little mouse that is worried about everything, big and small things, all throughout the day. When it is time to start school she is even more worried, the story shows that being worried is a normal feeling, but it also shows that when you are having fun you tend to worry less.
8. El peor día de toda mi vida/ The WORST Day of My Life EVER by Julia Cook (Bilingual)
When students are having a bad day and feel it is the worst day of their lives, they will connect with Rico (RJ in the English text) he wakes up with gum in his hair, misses recess because he s late to school, and kicks the ball into his own team’s soccer goal! After his mom helps him learn the skills of listening and following instructions, Rico finds that he can have the BEST day of his life. Tips for parents and educators on how to reinforce the skills with children are included. Each colorfully illustrated page includes both the Spanish and English text.
Great to use with children in grades K-6 who are learning to speak and read either language.
9. Una vez tuve mucho miedo by Chandra Ghosnh Ippen (Once I Was a Very Very Scared)
A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very, scared and finds out that he is not alone. Lots of little animals went through scary experiences, but they react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog barks, and elephant doesn’t like to talk about it. They need help, and they get help from grown-ups who help them feel safe and learn ways to cope with difficult feelings. This story was written to help children and grown-ups understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them.
10. ¿Cómo dicen ESTOY ENOJADO los dinosaurios? by Janet Yolen (How Do Dinosaurs Say I’M MAD!)
R-O-A-R! What happens when little dinosaurs get mad? And how do they calm down? Brimming with humor, this sparkling new book handles a timeless children’s topic with wit and wisdom. Romp and stomp! Roar and slam! Almost everyone gets angry. But how can young dinosaurs also learn to calm down, take a time out, and behave?The award-winning team of Yolen and Teague have created a fun, engaging book sure to help children handle anger and frustration. Readers will laugh at the antics of an Afrovenator’s tantrum and a storming Pachyrhinosaurus.
11.Cuando Sofia se enoja, se enoja de veras by Molly Banks (When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry…)
Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott-honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. My students really like this book, because with color, Molly Banks shows what it feels like to be really, really angry.
12. Asi me siento yo by Janan Cain (The Way I Feel)
The illustrations and story is very entertaining and well written. If I could only change one thing about this book would be the Spanish translation for the word silly. On the book, is is translated as tonta which means dumb, I would instead use for the word chistosa(o).
This book uses words and situations familiar to children to describe a wide variety of emotions, some seldom attributed to kids. The language is nonjudgmental, and free of bias and slang, and there are whimsical characters that appeal to both boys and girls.
13. El niño nuevo by Lauren Child (The New Small Person)
Elmore Green starts life as an only child, as many children do. He has a room to himself, where he can line up his precious things and nobody will move them one inch. But one day everything changes. When the new small person comes along, it seems that everybody might like it a bit more than they like Elmore Green. And when the small person knocks over Elmore’s things and even licks his jelly-bean collection, Elmore’s parents say that he can’t be angry because the small person is only small. Elmore wants the small person to go back to wherever it came from. Then, one night, everything changes. . . . In her signature visual style, Lauren Child gets to the heart of a child’s evolving emotions about becoming a big brother or sister…
14.Cool Down and Work Through Anger (Cálmate y supera la ira) by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed. (Bilingual)
Reassuring and supportive, this book helps elementary children learn concrete social skills for anger management and discover that when they cool down and work through anger, so they can feel peaceful again.
15.Escuchando a mi cuerpo: Una guía para ayudar a los niños entender la conexión entre las sensaciones y los sentimientos by Gabi Garcia (Listening to My Body)
Escuchando a mi cuerpo is an engaging and interactive picture book that introduces children to the practice of paying attention to their bodies. Through a combination of story and simple experiential activities, it guides them through the process of noticing and naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them, while helping them build on their capacity to engage mindfully, self-regulate, and develop a better sense of well-being.
Escuchando a mi cuerpo is a wonderful resource for parents, counselors and teachers!
You can find the original English version here.
I hope you enjoyed the list. Did I missed your favorites? Let us know what book you use in your classroom to talk about feelings. If you enjoyed this list, check out our book list about kindness and Spring.