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3 Books That Help Children Understand Feelings

Children’s lives are turned upside down with so much uncertainty. As much as being stuck at home is makes you stir crazy, imagine being too young to truly understand why the world has changed. With tensions high, emotions raw, and fear creeping around the corner, children are feeling a wide range of emotions that they don’t completely understand.

Emotions are high during these times of uncertainty. Stress and anxiety are causing kids to become crankier than usual. The best way parents can help their children understand and cope with their feelings is by reading and explaining. Here are our top book choices to help guide your children through their emotions while keeping it fun and lighthearted.


The Last Surviving Dinosaur

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The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph

This children’s book with a Yiddish twist is one-of-a-kind. It teaches children and their parents to embrace their cranky side because we all get cranky sometimes.  The hilarious Dinosaurs try to out crank each other, but only one can be the crankiest, and she is the ancestor to all humanity, which is why we all get cranky! Your kids will love the humor and learn how to overcome their grumpy side and embrace it without letting it overwhelm. This tale is the perfect story to read when you or your kids have had a rough day and feel a little cranky. Stay tuned for the adult version coming soon, A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness: The CrankaTsuris Method.



The Color Monster

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The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

This adorable and colorful story explains emotions with color concepts in a simple and easy to understand way.  A little girl must help a Color Monster understand why his feelings are all over the place and what each emotion means by using colors. By sorting out his feelings he learns how to control his feelings.




In My Heart

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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

This children’s book explores a full range of emotions by comparing them to how they physically feel inside. The stunning artwork with lyrical text shows the beauty of feelings. This story will help toddlers identify their emotions with new vocabulary to help them vocalize how they feel to adults.




You and your children will love these books, grab all three today. Learn more about The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph by listening to his recent interview here!

Bree has a love of books and a passion for sharing stories. As a book blogger, writer and admin of this site, Bree’s goal is to spread the joy of reading with others.

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