Books on emotions for our children, why so? Because if they are already not easy to manage for an adult, emotions are really complicated for a child to understand, identify and tame.. Fear, anger, sadness, joy, jealousy… so many sensations and signals inside us that sometimes overwhelm us and that we need to learn to see, before we can manage them!
And the earlier we start talking to them about it, and the more we can decipher our own and those of our children, the more we help them develop their emotional intelligence. To help them find their way and give us support to talk about it, here is our selection small books, quite varied in their approaches to the subject and the ages they target.
Step by step, our kids are slowly integrating the different facets of emotions and how to better experience them. Most of all, they understand how much they concern everyone – yes yes, even mom and dad, even their favorite heroes, and even unicorns! And that, it allows to play down these funny feelings that shake them in all directions. Let’s go for the emotional Ferris wheel on paper 🙂
Here is our selection of books on emotions to browse with our children …
“The emotions of Gaston” by Aurélie Chien Chow China (Gautier Languereau)
Books on emotions written by a sophrologist working in nursery school…? But what a great idea! Gaston is an adorable little unicorn whose rainbow mane changes color depending on how he feels. In each book in the series, an emotion (and with, a dedicated color) is described with the help of very telling examples for the little ones, through what happens to Gaston and what he feels. The bonus of the book? The author offers each time a simple but effective relaxation therapy exercise to help our child digest and evacuate the emotion in question! (Exercise that any parent can take on his own, by the way…). How to resist the sophro version unicorn cabbage ?! We are won over, and our little ones too.
“Sometimes I Feel” by Anthony Browne (Kaleidoscope) – a classic from children’s emotions books
This now classic of books on the subject well deserves its success: ultra simple, intended for toddlers, simply mentioning each emotion with an illustration, it does not describe anything, does not impose, noe defines in no way – the idea being good to let the child speak about it himself … On each page, our little one can be inspired by the drawing as the name of the emotion to form his own idea, but the words and the feelings will be hers. And as always with real successes, an indefinable ingredient (in any case, I couldn’t tell you!) Makes it always popular with children. The head of the cute monkey, maybe?
“Big anger” by Mireille d’Alancé (L’École des Loisirs)
A classic of classics, often found in nurseries and nursery school libraries, “Grosse Anger” still appeals to children. Robert (yes, it’s vintage!) Is a little boy who, tonight, is a little pissed off. The anger rises, rises until it comes out of him in the form of a big red monster and devastates everything in its path. Showing that anger is an emotion that needs to be expressed, to “come out”, but ends up calming down, and dissociating it from the child (thus showing that he is not “mean”), this little one book allows us to see this emotion from another angle.
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“The emotions” a children’s book by Astrid Dumontet, illustr. Alex Langlois (Milan)
In your area too, are we a fan of P’tits Docs and others Mes P’tites Questions? These great collections of Milan editions fascinate my children – and titles appear on the lists every year at Santa Claus… Generally, the subjects are more of the genre “Veterinarian”, “The moon”, “Cro Magnon” or “Robots”, but this time, we tried the book “Emotions” for children. Aimed at children taller than the other books in this best-of, but quite adaptable to small children, this book fulfills its role perfectly to reassure, play down and explain. It tells how emotion is born physically, how it acts, why it is useful, in what way it is “contagious”… The text multiplies the examples and slips in the passage of beautiful ideas as one likes them (of the kind: it is better to leave get out of your emotions rather than keep them inside yourself, or again: boys have just as much right to cry as girls). Perfect.
Very nice pop-up book. The color monster feels all smeared. His emotions are topsy-turvy! Fortunately, her friend helps her sort them and put them back in their box. Because when you know your emotions, it’s easier to understand them and to put some order in order to find your balance … This animated book is at the same time beautiful, poetic and it makes it possible to better distinguish
Because all of Loup’s volumes at Auzou are always a hit at home (especially the one where he wants to change color), I expected a lot from this opus on emotions.
Once again, the magic happens! However, and this is also interesting compared to the other books in this selection, he does not try to clearly and didactically teach emotions by explaining them in full. More subtle, taking a small step aside, this book is content to tell how Loup lets himself be overwhelmed by his whole palette of emotions, how it serves him up, how he could try to tame them to feel better, etc. The child thus understands on his own the relationship between the story and the named emotion (in bold in the text all the same, and in recap illustration at the end of the book), without the “educational” aspect being too heavy. . Another (and good) way to approach this thorny subject!
Co-written by Isabelle Filliozat recognized for her contributions to positive education and nicely illustrated, this practical and fun activity book offers games, crafts, coloring and activities around emotions to help children recognize, name and tame their emotions. .
And to go further on the emotions?
Jean who laughs, Jean who weeps…, emotions are our daily life. Learning to understand the emotions of others (empathy), knowing that those of others are not ours, it is a beautiful gift for the future …
In addition to books on emotions, which allow us to explain, reassure and identify with, let’s not hesitate to bring out our whole panoply of games of emotions to live them and play with them on a daily basis … (you will find in this free games article to print at home).