Jealousy Book Recommendations for Children

Jealousy Book Recommendations for Children

Often jealousy can by a difficult emotion for children to manage. These books listed here are wonderful additions to any discussion on managing your child's feelings of jealousy.

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great (Picture Book) by Bob Shea

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great

Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool-until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it's cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. A fantastic story on managing feelings of jealous that has a great sense of humour too!

My New Friend Is So Fun! (Elephant & Piggie Picture Book Series, #21) by Mo Willems

This book is very helpful for kids who are struggling with the concept that friends can play with other people.

Engaging with gorgeous illustrations, Mo Willems gives his characters a broad emotional range and vocabulary with a great sense of humour, to explain, understand and determine how to respond to jealous feelings as they arise, particularly in friendships. These are perfect for both young readers and old alike, with straightforward language and easy-to-adopt repetitive phrases.


Spoon (Picture Book) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

Paperback Spoon Book

A wonderful book that teaches children to celebrate their differences. A story about Spoon who thinks that everyone else is better than him, but slowly realises that he too is unique and special and that while we are different, it's these things that make us the wonderful people that we are and that we should celebrate these differences. Great for building self-esteem and acceptance of yourself and others too. Highly recommended.


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