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Making concrete the important attachments in a child’s life. Great story with separation anxiety, school, move, grief, travel and time away from child.

Patrice Karst

The Invisible String

Sweet, elegant example of active listening, what to do when someone is upset, and how to go about recognizing and coping with emotions. 

Cori Doerrfeld

The Rabbit Listened

This playful portrait of fear and bravery empowers young readers to confront once-scary situations and, with charming illustrations. 

Jo Witek

Brave as Can Be

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Deepening attachment links between children and their parents. Helps to manage separation anxiety and other daily times of separation (daycare, school, travel, trips).

Audrey Penn

The Kissing Hand

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This beautiful exploration of a child’s feelings stands out as unique, not just listing emotions, but portraying how they feel inside, too.

Jo Witek

In My Heart

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An eagle soaring among the clouds, a star twinkling in the night sky, a camel in the desert, or a boat sailing across the sea . . . Yoga has the power of transformation.

Susan Verde

I Am Yoga

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Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair. And it got worse...

Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Looks at naming emotions and normalizing their presence, even when they are big!

David Milgrim

Wild Feelings

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A child with his own spirit, ideas and will. Wise grandparents reassure parents of the beauty of knowing one’s own mind and finding his own path.

Leslie Helakoski

Woolbur

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A face can tell you what someone is feeling. In this expressive photo-essay, simple text and photographs introduce basic emotions and how people show them.

Shelley Rotner

Lots of Feelings

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Great resource to help children name different emotions. The illustrations contribute greatly in this book. Children gravitate towards this book.

Janan Cain

The Way I Feel

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Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! Eva Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor. 

Eva Eland

When Sadness is at Your Door

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An artful mixture of fantasy and reality, humor and heart, Maya Was Grumpy celebrates the power of imagination and humor to improve moods. 

Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Maya was Grumpy

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Just like how lifting weights helps your muscles get stronger, trying new things without giving up strengthens your brain. 

Joann Deak

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

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How it feels on the inside of a tantrum. The parent stays to hold the child in futility.

Deborah Blumenthal

Chocolate-Covered Cookie Tantrum

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Child comes home from school frustrated. Parent finds creative way of providing space to express emotions and accompanies down the path of expression.

Thierry Robberecht

Angry Dragon

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Child comes home from school frustrated. Parent finds creative way of providing space to express emotions and accompanies down the path of expression.

Betsy Everitt

Mean Soup

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Feelings in anticipation of the first day of school in a new school.

Julie Danneberg

First Day Jitters

For the complete list of suggested children's literature:

Suggested literature for children

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