Emotions (Learning and understanding emotions for toddlers)



Happy Baby Sad Baby (Fiction) by Leslie Patricelli


A great book to introduce your toddler to the two most basic emotions: happiness and sadness. Helping them understand their emotions is a great first step to teaching them how to regulate their own emotions.

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Grumpy Bird (Fiction) by Jeremy Tankard

As the name suggests, this unique story is about Bird who is too grumpy to do anything; too grumpy to fly, eat or play. Meanwhile all the other animals try to cheer him up with their kind offers to walk with him and even get a little bit of exercise. Funnily enough, the attempts work and soon Bird is no longer grumpy. The book helps your little ones put a label to their grumpy moods, whilst teaching them how to feel better and giggle it off if they find themselves in such a state. Applicable to adults as much as it is to little kids and toddlers.

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Taking A Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy (Fiction) by Scott Menchin

An amusing story that helps your child explore the variety of ways you can find joy and pleasure in the little things when all else fails. A great book to help your child switch from unhappy, unpleasant, irritable feelings to happy ones.

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Glad Monster Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings (Fiction) by Ed Emberly and Anne Miranda

A book about monsters who have feelings! Yes that's right monsters who feel glad, sad, silly and mad. A book that explores their wide-ranging emotions with superb illustrations teaching children to identify and label their emotions.

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Mouse Was Mad (Fiction) by Linda Urban

A very clever little book about teaching kids the importance of expressing anger and the most apt way in expressing it. For example, Hare hops, Bear stomps and Bobcat screams. How should Mouse express his anger? After lots of soul searching, Mouse finds his own path to expressing anger that works best for him. A refreshing book on the art of expressing anger for children. 

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The Way I Feel (Fiction) by Janan Cain

Janan Cain introduces kids to the concept of feelings using colourful pictures and simple language in The Way I Feel. Teaching them about a variety of feelings, each feeling is viewed as important and no one feeling is good or bad. It teaches children to identify these feelings and express them easily. A beautiful book to connect children with their emotions. It is also a very helpful book for children with autism. 

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