Top 5 Preschool Books About Feelings

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Preschoolers' moods can change rapidly. One minute they are happily engaged in an activity with you and the next they are pouting and yelling. Although most preschoolers are able to carry on a full conversation with you, they typically don't have the cognitive insight to tell you why they are upset or grumpy. One way to help them learn about different feeling words and descriptions is through story telling. Here are some of my favorite books about feelings.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Feelings: sadness and frustration

Book synopsis: The main character in this book, Alexander, wakes up to find gum in his hair and from there his day goes terribly wrong. I love that any child reading the book can relate to the horrible things that go wrong, such as no dessert in his lunch bag (the horror!). The illustrations in this book are classic, yet adorable. My son has heard this book so much that he can now recite the story. There are times when he is acting grumpy that I will ask him “Are you having a Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Very Bad Day like Alexander?” He will typically agree that he is. Then I can help him verbalize what is bothering him.

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When Sophie Gets Angry– Really Really Angry by Molly Bang

Feelings: anger, jealousy

Book Synopsis: When Sophie just doesn't get her way she becomes very angry. My favorite part about this book is that there is little text. Instead, the pictures demonstrate the story. The illustrator of this book displays Sophie's anger with a wide range of color, from reds and oranges when she is angry to shades of blue as she calms down. This is a great book to use to teach your child how to cope with anger.

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Lots of Feelings by Shelly Rotner

Feelings: wide variety

Book Synopsis: This photo-essay like book features photographs of children displaying a vast range of emotions from thoughtful to sad. One child is even crying in one of the photos. My children love that there are kids like them on each page. They love to guess why the children are feeling the way they are, which is a great way to teach them that it's normal to go from happy to sad in a matter of minutes.

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Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberly

Feelings: happy/sad and much more!

Book synopsis: In this book, an adorable monster displays his feelings and shows emotions through different colored “events”. The most exciting part about this book is that the eyes and mouth are cut out, so your child can “try on” the feeling. My boys love giggling, thinking, and talking about feelings while reading this book!

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My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Feelings: wide range

Book Synopsis: This timeless classic book displays emotions through shapes, colors, and animals. The cartoon illustrations in the book enhance the text. I love that each day has a different color and that color is labeled with a feeling. For an example, “On a happy pink day, he's a flamingo! On black days, he becomes a howling wolf.” This is yet another wonderful book by one of my family's favorite children's authors.

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Top 5 Preschool Books About Feelings

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Interesting list. Thanks!

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