Sadness, worry, anger, and frustration – these feelings and emotions are all perfectly normal to experience, but they can be difficult for preschoolers to process. Not only can it be hard for them to identify their BIG feelings, they may not know how to cope or put them into words, leading to tantrums or even hurting someone else. Fortunately, there are some incredible books about feelings and emotions for preschoolers and toddlers, and our child care center in Greenville is sharing some of our favorite ones.
The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain, uses simple phrases and expressive illustrations to describe and define feelings in a way so that even toddlers can connect how they feel with the pictures in the book. Silly, scared, shy, bored, and more – they’re all represented through colors, facial expressions, and rhyming couplets. We do recommend the paperback or the hardcover over the board book which is an abridged version that leaves out some of the pages.
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day is a whimsical, vibrant story by Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrated by Laura Cornell. You and your child will follow a little girl through her day as she experiences a variety of moods and feelings and how she expresses them. At the end of the book there’s a mood wheel where you and your child can identify how different feelings look to them.
B Is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings, by clinical psychologist, Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd, doesn’t just help identify feelings, it takes children on an A to Z tour of ideas and methods to help process and cope with those big feelings. They’ll learn how to talk through their feelings and use their words to describe emotions and learn positive calming-down strategies that they can carry with them even into adulthood! An added bonus is the diversity of the children illustrated will help make all children feel seen and included.
When Sophie Gets Angry – Really Really Angry…, by Molly Bang, is a Caldecott Honor book that shows the intensity of how it feels to be angry through bold illustrations. The author understands how upsetting anger can be and how sometimes, we just need a quiet place to feel calm and gather our big feelings. While it does show Sophie as running away through the forest to find peace and calm down, parents and caregivers can use this as more of a symbolic look at how finding our own quiet places can help us calm down.
At Childrens Campus of Greenville, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing, caring environment where children can learn about emotions and talk about them in a safe way. Our five-star child care center is designed to help children grow and develop socially and emotionally, as well as cognitively so they can be confident and joyful. To learn more about our preschool programs, schedule a tour or contact us at (252) 756-8200 or fill out the form below.