Supporting Emotions and Behavior Through Books
Stories can help children identify and express feelings in healthy and supportive ways
Young children are learning to identify, express, and work through a range of different emotions. These books are a great way to help children identify emotions, consider how different characters feel, and learn ways to calm down when they experience strong emotions.
Written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Christian Robinson, Rain! depicts how two different people feel and act on a rainy day. It offers readers and listeners a chance to label and describe a range of emotions.
Sometimes I'm Bombaloo
Written by Rachel Vail and illustrated by Yumi Heo, this story follows Katie as she experiences a variety of emotions from happy to “bombaloo” (very angry/upset) to calm and ready to play again.
You Are a Lion
Written and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, this fun story guides children through simple and relaxing animal yoga poses. It promotes flexibility, calm, and focus.
Listening to My Body
Written by Gabi Garcia and illustrated by Ying Hui Tan, this book helps children practice calming down by noticing their bodies’ signals and feelings.
Published by Abrams Appleseed, this interactive board book features simple text and photos of real children to explore five essential emotions.
The Rabbit Listened
Written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, this is a beautiful story about a boy who experiences strong emotions and finds comfort and acceptance from a friend.
Written by Cheryl Willis Hudson and illustrated by John-Francis Bourke, this book features repetitive text and photographs of real children to highlight positive ways to use our hands.
TEACHING THROUGH BOOKS