The Invisible String

Patrice Karst

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


How to Be a Pirate

Isaac Fitzgerald 

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.



Oliver Jeffers

Delightful chaos ensues when a young boy gets his kite stuck in a tree. A hilarious book with a wonderful surprise ending.


In My Heart

Jo Witek

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

The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld

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


The Sorry Plane

Deborah MacNamara

The Sorry Plane is a playful introduction for kids and their caregivers to the importance of understanding and respecting our feelings.


The Kissing Hand

Audrey Penn

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


I Am Yoga

Susan Verde

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.


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

Judith Viorst

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

Brave as Can Be

Jo Witek

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


Lots of Feelings

Shelley Rotner

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.


I Can Dance My Feelings

Hannah Beach

 The book is about exploring, reflecting, and experiencing our world through an artistic medium.


Press Here

Herve Tullet

!Press the yellow dot on the cover of this interactive children's book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! 


Can You Make A Scary Face?

Jan Thomas

What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? 


When Sadness is at Your Door

Eva Eland

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


Maya was Grumpy

Courtney Pippin-Mathur

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


Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

Joann Deak

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


Chocolate-Covered Cookie Tantrum

Deborah Blumenthal

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


Angry Dragon

Thierry Robberecht

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


Mean Soup

Betsy Everitt

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

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Suggested literature for children

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