Experts Tell Us The Best Toddler Books About Feelings

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Toddler Books About Feelings. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

What to Do When You Feel Like Hitting by Cara Goodwin PhD

This product was recommended by Arlene B. Englander from ArleneBEnglander

My own book, “Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food: A Five Point Plan for Success” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) is unique in that it’s an enjoyment oriented guide to better health and fitness, with a special emphasis on effective stress management. The reviews have been excellent – Publishers Weekly, BookList, Library Journal and more – which is gratifying because I’d like to help as many people as possible.

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley

This product was recommended by Martha Villaroman from Go Places With Kids

This colorful, interactive book walks young children through different emotions. They get to try on adorable monster masks while imagining situations when monsters (or children…) might feel each of those emotions. Not only is this book fun to read, but it also helps build a toddler’s emotional intelligence as they form a vocabulary around feelings and an acceptance of a variety of different emotions.

In My Heart by Jo Witek

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

This book does a great job exploring their physical sensations and response prompts when it comes to kids’ feelings. The book is educational with beautiful and engaging artwork to offer little ones a one-of-a-kind introduction to emotional intelligence. It focuses on explaining emotions in a child-friendly way to help toddlers understand their feelings and the kind of emotions they deal with each day.

Calm Down Time by Elizabeth Verdick

This product was recommended by Mattea Padilla from Metropolitan Homeschooling

Calm-Down Time is one of my favorite feelings books for toddlers. Calm-down time helps a toddler to name complicated feelings and then teaches a way to calm down. It’s a handy book to help parents navigate a toddler’s emotions.

Hilly Discovers Her Feelings by Meytal Raz-Nave

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

This exciting book features Hilly, who takes us on a journey through the day, sharing all of her experiences with her – and after each event, she explains her feelings using cute poems. It encourages children to recognize others’ feelings and sentiments through facial expressions and in themselves through everyday events. The author used rhymes and stunning visuals to help children understand that feelings are normal, that they are there to assist us, and that we should let them go. Feelings like embarrassment, disappointment, and fear, among others, can be frightening to youngsters because they appear to be so overwhelming. It would undoubtedly be an excellent starting point for assisting a child in recognizing and dealing with their feelings.

Grumpy Monkey by Suzzane Lang

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

Grumpy Monkey is a fun children’s book that helps your baby learn to speak their feelings whenever sad rather than say NO to everything. It follows the story of a Grumpy Monkey that learns this lesson and will be a helpful guide for your toddler to learn how to manage frustration from an early age.

Hands are not for Hitting by Martine Agassi

This product was recommended by Harriet Chan from CocoFinder

If you are looking for a book that will help mitigate any violent behavior that you note in your child, you will love Martine Agassi’s Hands are not for Hitting. This toddler’s book helps kids learn to communicate emotions with each other and adults to prevent fights.

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck by Sandra Boynton

This product was recommended by Sara Conrad from Happy Moments Mom

A wonderful choice for first teaching toodlers about feelings, this classic board book does it all! It has a wide range of feelings identified, but also reinforces that whatever you’re feeling is okay to feel, all while keeping things light and fun for little ones through rhyme and silly animal illustrations. This classic is a must-have emotions book for any toddler.

B is for Breathe by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd

This product was recommended by Lynda Fairly from Numlooker

B is for Breathe by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd teaches children about the different emotions that they can experience throughout their day, from sad to happy, listed from the letter A to the letter Z. By reading this book together with their child, parents can help them identify what they are feeling and teach their child how to cope with emotions if necessary with a different skill for each letter of the alphabet so as to help children foster positive emotional strategies against negative emotions. The book has very simple, easy-to-read texts for young children, but the illustrations are bright and colorful, making it appealing to both parents and children alike.

My Body Sends a Signal by Natalia Maguire

This product was recommended by Eden Cheng from PeopleFinderFree

If you are wondering how to teach your baby emotions and feelings along with teaching them using transparent words, well-acquainted situations, captivating pictures, and a lot more exciting activities, like solving puzzles, games, and so on. Moreover, with this book, parents can spend time and rummage for various resources online. Being a remarkable educational source, this book contains a sweet story, which kids can relate to, and its excellent illustrations can quickly capture your kiddo’s attention and provide so many instructions for adults on the follow-up activities. In brief, this book consists of coloring pages, emotions cards, and top short stories to teach kids compassion.

The Color Monster by Anna Llenas

This product was recommended by Heather Keita from GrubbyCat

For a toddler, a book is going to be a challenge. Like most toddlers though, pop up books are the way to go. That’s how we realized we found a real winner with this one. It combines vibrant colors, literal eye popping art, and the best of all…the book is all about emotions and feelings. We have gone through 2 copies of this book over the course of 3 toddlers…and it’s still sitting on the shelf just in case!

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee

This product was recommended by Catriona Jasica from Top Vouchers Code

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings is genuinely an amazing book for toddlers if you want to give them some little hints about feelings and emotions. In this story, a boy holds in some huge feelings which are so big that they spill out of him. He learns that these emotions are to be celebrated and not stuffed up. I’m suggesting this book as it is a great one for kids and help them understand their feelings and react accordingly.

Moments in Motion with Love by Denise Cesare

This product was recommended by Denise Cesare from Social Wise Communications

Brooklyn native, Denise Cesare, an educator herself, is the author of Moments in Motion with Love, a children’s book with Social Emotional learning components. Moments in Motion teaches youngsters the power of positivity and to be in the moment. This book is. great opportunity for mothers and daughters to bond, while learning valuable lessons and supporting a female owned small business!

Kaloo Soft Activity Book

This product was recommended by Robin L. Lehnert from Juratoys US

Travel to the heart of emotions with this soft, calming, activity book collection. Commiserate with the little fox who wants to fly high in the sky just like the birds.Each sweetly illustrated book offers beautiful pictures to look at, stories to tell, and fun sensory elements for baby to discover and explore. Soft books help parents start the tradition of reading early. The nubby soothing teething clip fastens to a stroller for safekeeping.

My Feelings My Choices Flip Book Tool

This product was recommended by David Adler from The Travel Secret

When children start to feel different kinds of emotions it is very important to accompany them in the whole process so that they feel good and comfortable. For this reason I recommend this book as it will allow children in a lively way to understand their emotions and also to understand the emotions of others. It is also a good guide that can be used jointly between parents and children to generate a space for mutual learning and communication.

I Can Handle It by Ms Laurie Wright

This product was recommended by James Clarke from New Baby Toys

To help convey the complicated message of children dealing with negative emotions, Laurie takes advantage of repetition and through the book she instils a mantra I Can Handle It into your child, giving them a tool to help guide them through times when their emotions might otherwise get the better of them. Although it’s targeted towards children up to the age of 8, it’s still very suitable for toddlers and teaches them about self-confidence, self-worth and their inner monologue.

Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney

This product was recommended by James Clarke from New Baby Toys

Llama Llama Time To Share by Anna Dewdney, part of the popular Llama Llama series by the same author, which covers lots of important topics for toddlers and preschoolers in a very kid-friendly way. The focus on short, simple rhymes makes this very easy and fun to read, and one they can even learn off by heart! It’s also just the right length for bedtime reading and has a real lesson to teach, with Mama Llama providing her usual parenting prowess to help Llama Llama deal with all the drama!

Little Monster’s Book of Feelings by Iveta Ongley

This product was recommended by Iveta Ongley from IvetaOngley

Little Monster is an adventurous and daring fellow who loves to play with all his favourite toys. However, just like all little people, hismood can change at the drop of a hat. This delightful rhyming book follows Little Monster as he explores during the day.He starts his day on a happy note but he encounters several challenging situations that he needs to deal with. Each situation causes him to feel differently and his emotions sway up and down throughout the day. What happens when he gets sick on the swing? What about feeling hurt and scared? Will hisday end up in tears or will he regain the joy he felt at the beginning? With Little Monster, children will learn that it is alright to feel strong emotions and that all emotions are fleeting. They will realise that they can manage their feelings on their own and if they can’t, a loving hug makes every thing better.

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