By sharing stories together and having conversations about the books you read, you can help young children understand the world around them. Seeing diverse experiences represented in books helps children to explore their own identities and develop empathy for others.
It can be hard for young children to control their emotions. These books for kids ages 2 to 6 explore a wide range of feelings and how to cope with them.
Not every book is available at all locations, but any title can be requested. The children’s librarian at your neighborhood library is also here to help, with suggestions for additional titles on topics of interest–or feel free to suggest some titles to us. New books are always being added to the collection. You can find more Here to Help booklists on different topics by clicking here.
Illustrations and rhyming text explore some of the things that dinosaurs might do when they are angry–and how they should control their tempers.
A novelty picture book exploring the many forms fear can take and the importance of overcoming it.
Relates the things that can frighten children and how these fears may be overcome.
Jamie describes his mood throughout the day, using colors and rhythmic text, as he changes from an “easy green mood” while drawing a picture for his sister to a “brooding black mood” when he is teased for doing so.
Pete the cat wakes up feeling grumpy–nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla, as eAudio on Hoopla, as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.
A child’s emotions range from silliness to anger to excitement, coloring and changing each day.
Explains through simple text and colorful illustrations that tough guys have the same feelings as you and I.
Sophie’s is hurt when the other children laugh at her painting of her favorite tree–but when she explains her painting everybody understands what she was trying to do.
A young girl is upset and doesn’t know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Hoopla.
Melvin likes to throw a tantrum when he does not get what he wants, but he learns that the classroom rule, “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit” applies at home as well.