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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.