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6 Children’s Books To Explore Emotions With

Get them self-reflecting and accepting of their thoughts and feelings

While it may seem like emotions are simplistic for children, these books prove that’s not the case. Just like adults, kids can struggle to understand their thoughts, feelings and why they do certain things. A great way of approaching this in a calm, explorational way is with these awesome, sensitive books.

By reading these books together, you’ll not only bond with your toddler even more, but you’ll also be able to develop an understanding of what goes on in their cute little heads!

#1 The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess

The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Sara Routhier from Insurantly.

The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon is the perfect tool to help your little one learn about bad moods, angry feelings, and how to get rid of them. With fun illustrations and silly commentary, this book works through how to budge the curmudgeon monster with a sandwich, brownie, or distraction.

My son loves the crazy-haired monster pictured on each page, and we both have our share of laughs as we read it together. Kids often like to hear big, odd-sounding words they haven’t heard before, and listening to a new-to-talking littler human try to say “Unbudgeable Curmudgeon” is enough to make anyone smile. This book helps everyone learn how to improve their mood—even cranky THREE-nagers!

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#2 Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids By Dr. Laura Markham

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids By Dr. Laura Markham
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Melanie Musson from AutoInsuranceEZ.

The goal of this book is for parents to understand the emotions of their toddlers and other children. Once a parent understands typical emotions and resulting behaviors that arise with different stages of development, they can learn how to develop an emotional connection. Understanding is key, and Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids will help you understand and deal with your toddler’s emotions.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#3 Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling? by Tad Hills

Duck & Goose, How Are You Feeling? by Tad Hills
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Emily Souder from Nesting Space LLC.

This is a book that my kids could start to grasp when they were quite young. They really responded to the illustrations and would request this book again and again. The conversations that we had about the words and simple depictions of feelings led them to be able to start to use words to describe how they were feeling.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#4 In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) by Jo Witek

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) by Jo Witek
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Emily Souder from Nesting Space LLC.

For slightly older toddlers, this book expands on feeling concepts by connecting them to how we feel inside our bodies when we have different feelings, both physically and emotionally. It has gorgeous illustrations and captivates readers.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#5 My Friend Eepworm

My Friend Eepworm
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Ann McKitrick from Nurtured Noggins.

This special book teaches young children to find comfort from a friend when they feel lonely, unsure or upset. Using simple words, the author describes how her friend eepworm (a toy that comes with the book) soothed her when she struggled with strong, scary feelings.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

#6 One of those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

One of those Days by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Adina Mahalli from EnlightenedReality.

This book is a sweet read validating real feelings on a young level. It is a reassuring picture book that identifies days that qualify as one of those days. We all have them, no matter what age, and learning to identify them as a toddler can improve emotional intelligence.

Before buying a book make sure to compare price and outlet, we have included links below to several large book outlets for different regions in the world:

Contributors to this article
Sara Routhier from Insurantly

Melanie Musson from AutoInsuranceEZ

Emily Souder from Nesting Space LLC

Ann McKitrick from Nurtured Noggins

Adina Mahalli from EnlightenedReality

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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