Here to Help: Books about Feelings

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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.

Grumpy Pants

Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can’t shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over.

How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad?

Illustrations and rhyming text explore some of the things that dinosaurs might do when they are angry–and how they should control their tempers.

How Do You Feel?

A young chimp describes a variety of emotions he experiences.

I Love My New Toy!

When Elephant accidentally breaks Piggie’s new toy, they both experience intense feelings before coming to realize how important their friendship is.

I Used to Be Afraid

A novelty picture book exploring the many forms fear can take and the importance of overcoming it.

I'm Sad

Flamingo learns that it is okay to be sad sometimes and that her friends, the little girl and Potato, will stand by her no matter how she feels.

Llama Llama Mad at Mama

A young llama wants to play but must go shopping with his mother instead, and so he gets angry and makes a mess at the store.

My Cold Plum, Lemon Pie, Bluesy Mood

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 and His Magic Sunglasses

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.

The Rabbit Listened

When Taylor’s block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.