These last eighteen months have been a rollercoaster of emotions and I have ridden a few of them. Swept up in a terrible mood, tightness in your chest, a sadness that lingers longer than we want – these can be big yet normal feelings. Picture books can be a therapeutic tool. As we head back into a new and unusual school year, I wanted to share a few from my personal library.
Picture books can help identify emotions which can provide effective coping skills. The right book can help us name a feeling and see the difference between a feeling a behavior. They let us know that these things pass and most importantly, they let us know that we are not alone.
There are so many good picture books for teaching emotional intelligence, and these are just a few.
Today I Feel… An Alphabet of Feelings by Madalena Moniz
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
Why Do We Cry? by Fran Pintadera
What’s Up, Maloo? by Geneviève Godbout
Sweep by Louise Greig
Found You by Devon Holzwarth
Shy Willow by Cat Min
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
The Bear and the Moon by Matthew Burgess
Niko Draws a Feeling by Bob Raczka
Things That Go Away by Beatrice Alemagna
AFTER THE FALL by Dan Santat
Larger list curated here: Secret Society of Books