Once Upon a Time: Exploring Feelings and Emotions with Books

Written By: Ashley Machum; Youth Services Librarian at the Kelowna Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library http://www.orl.bc.ca/branches/kelowna

Childhood is a wonderful time of discovery. Everything in the world is unfamiliar to young children. They are learning continuously as they encounter new people and surroundings each day. Every new experience will bring up new emotions. There will be times when children need to deal with unknown feelings and experiences. Remember that emotions are just as real for children as they are for adults. As a parent or caregiver, erectile it is important to encourage children to talk about how they feel and help them figure out what they are experiencing. Books are tools that can assist children and parents to identify feelings, encourage discussion, create awareness, and discover coping strategies.

Reading together can help prepare a child for an upcoming event such as the arrival of a new sibling or going to school for the first time. Children can see a storybook character going through the same situation. Books can help parents and caregivers explain these life experiences to children. Having a better understanding of what will happen can help ease their fears of the unknown.

In addition, books can aid children to understand their feelings after an emotional event has occurred such as a friend moving away or the death of a loved one. Sharing a book can trigger a conversation about a difficult topic. It can help children open up to family and friends. Books can illustrate ways to help them cope with how they are feeling. Also, sitting with a parent or caregiver and listening to a story is very comforting for a child.

Reading is a great way to spend time with children. Please ask at your local branch of Okanagan Regional Library for additional titles on any topics that you are interested in. We love to help families and children find the perfect book just for them.

Picture Books with Feelings and Emotions

 These books are recommended for children ages 3-6 and are available for borrowing at the Okanagan Regional Library.

  • Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
  • Finn Throws a Fit! by David Elliott
  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
  • Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
  • How Are You Peeling? Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann
  • How Do YOU Feel? by Anthony Browne
  • I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
  • I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems
  • llama llama mad at mama by Anna Dewdney
  • Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban
  • My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  • No fits, Nilson! by Zacharia Ohora
  • Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly & James Dean
  • Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail
  • Today I Feel Silly: & Other MOODS That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  • When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang
  • Where Are You? A Child’s Book about Loss by Laura Olivieri


Article provided in support by the Kelowna Child Care Society

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