Learning how to manage feelings is like learning how to ride a bicycle: It can be scary and intimidating at first, but it gets easier with practice. Similarly, navigating their emotional world — while initially tricky — is an important life skill for kids. It's key for them to learn these lessons early in life, which is why we recommend your little ones read these children's books about feelings before turning 8 years old.
Reading books about feelings can help your child learn how to put their feelings into words and regulate their emotions. These books model how children can respond to complex feelings through charming illustrations, relatable storylines, and loveable characters who kids can see themselves in.
For instance, I’m Happy-Sad Today is a fun, colorful book that helps children work through conflicting feelings and mixed emotions. The book even includes a resource guide for adults filled with suggestions and strategies for supporting your child's social-emotional learning. These resources will set your child up for success as they get ready to take on the changing social dynamics of upper elementary school.
Your child will also love Ruby Finds a Worry, a story about a young girl who learns how to navigate her emotions with the help of a friend. This book will make your child feel seen and teach them important tools to help manage their worries.
When your child learns how to cope with their feelings, they’ll be able to grow their friendships, effectively communicate with adults, and more easily overcome personal setbacks. (Here’s how to talk to your kids about embracing failure.)
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