There are countless picture books that help children of all ages recognize them, deal with them, and live with them. Check out some of our favorites below!
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When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang: A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure. Check out the rest of the series!
Places to Be by Mac Barnett: We have so many places to be! This picture book celebrates all our wide-ranging emotions - and the adventures that await us each day.
I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black: Flamingo learns that it is okay to be sad sometimes and that her friends, the little girl and Potato, will stand by her no matter how she feels.
I’m Worried by Michael Ian Black: Potato is worried about what might happen in the future, but their friend, a little girl, encourages them to focus on enjoying the present, instead.
Being Edie is Hard Today by Ben Brashares: A sensitive girl imagines transforming herself into different animals to help manage her intense emotions during difficult situations at school.
Tiger Days by M. H. Clark: Some days I feel so wild and brave and some days I feel small. There are so many ways to be when you're as BIG inside as me.
Birds of a Feather by Tom Crice: A young boy's happy life is interrupted when his grandfather passes away. Suddenly his world is full of big questions and difficult emotions.
Pete the Cat & His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean: Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy. With the help of some rockin' sunglasses from Toad, he learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.
Hotheads by Sheila Higginson: Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear, and Disgust wrestle for the controls when Riley has a frustrating Saturday. What should Riley do?
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! by Cori Doerrfeld: Two best friends understand that saying goodbye to one experience means saying hello to the next, but that does not make it easier when one friend has to move away.
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld: When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.
Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers: A little boy thinks of all the wonderful and ordinary things he will see and do tomorrow.
When Sadness is at Your Door by Eva Eland: A young child experiences sadness as if it were a visitor, acknowledging the emotion and suggesting activities to do with it.
Friends Make Me Feel Razzmatazz by Tina Gallo: When you feel sad or alone, your world may seem gray, but when you're with friends, suddenly your world turns all the colors of the rainbow.
Happiness Tastes Like Cotton Candy by Tina Gallo: What does happiness taste like to you? Would a joyful day taste like a granny smith apple?
Take a Deep Breath by Sue Graves: Follow along as friends learn that when something scares them, they can take a deep breath and feel brave enough to get through their ordeals.
You Are My Sunshine by Holly Hobbie: Puddle cannot make his friend Toot stop moping
until a huge thunderstorm clears the air.
The Heart & the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers: After safeguarding her heart in a bottle hung around her neck, a girl finds the bottle growing heavier and her interest in things around her becoming smaller.
Sunshine & Storm by Elisabeth Jones: Sunshine is angry at her close friend Storm when he gets her all wet after going out in the rain, and Storm's feelings are hurt by Sunshine's anger.
Love is a Good Thing to Feel by Barbara Joosse: Harriet talks about love, how one can love someone but still be angry, and some of the ways to show love.
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee: Meet a boy with a heart so big, his feelings glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. What good is this giant heart?
Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester: It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.
The Color Monster by Anna Llenas: Emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, are described through the actions of a monster sorting them out.
Feelings series by Sarah Medina: Children explore the reasons why they may feel an
emotion, how to recognize feelings, and appropriate action to take when they are feeling that way.
Everyone Feels Happy Sometimes by Cari Meister: Feeling happy is fun! What does being happy feel like? What does it look like? How can you show others your happiness? Everyone feels happy sometimes.
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer: Penguin is having a grumpy day. Sometimes the only way to shake it is wash it away and start over.
Wild Feelings by David Milgrim: Do you ever feel as stubborn as a mule? Or as chicken as a chicken? Of course you do. Looks at the normal, natural feelings we all have.
A Whole Bunch of Feelings by Jennifer Moore-Malinos: There are good feelings and then there are problem feelings. But did you know that there are so many other feelings to learn about, too? What does it mean to feel blah? What does it mean to feel skittish?
Tough Guys by Keith Negley: Explains through simple text and colorful illustrations that tough guys have the same feelings as you and I.
The Don’t Worry Book by Todd Parr: In this book about things that might make kids worry - from loud news, to loud neighbors, or a big day at school - Parr reassures kids who are feeling the weight of their world, offering solutions and comfort, as well as giggles.
The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr: This book reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them.
Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival: Norman is thrilled to discover he grew a pair of wings overnight, but his excitement turns to doubt when he realizes he is now different from everyone else.
Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival: A young girl's sense of adventure and exploration vanishes when she discovers a Worry that grows and grows until she learns how to get rid of it.
So Many Feelings: Sign Language for Feelings & Emotions by Dawn Babb Prochovnic: Playful stories in simple rhymes introduce the American Sign Language signs for feelings and emotions.
The Brain Storm by Linda Ragsdale: After a frustrating day under his version of a little dark cloud, a boy discovers that ultimately working through your feelings and emotions begins with you.
The Happy Book by Andy Rash: Moving from happiness to sadness and everything in between, Camper and Clam have a hard time finding their way back to happy.
How Do You Feel? by Lizzy Rockwell: Do you feel happy? Sad? Silly? Angry? This books helps children and parents talk about feelings!
Me & My Fear by Francesca Sanna: When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid.
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss: Describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.
The Bad Mod & the Stick by Lemony Snicket: Curly's bad mood travels from person to person, unexpectedly leaving opportunities for forgiveness,
laughter, and love in its wake.
Search Your Feelings by Calliope Glass: The galaxy is an emotional place. Feelings are still felt way out there in space. You are not alone, so don't be blue. Just search your feelings. You know it to be true!
Fergal & the Bad Temper by Robert Starling: When things aren't fair, Fergal loses his temper and snorts angry fire. Can this dragon learn to cool it before a temper tantrum hits?
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard: Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk and finds that his mood changes as other animals join him.
How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yolen: What happens when little dinosaurs get mad? And how do they calm down?