by May Bleeker, 29 May 2013
As a parent, teacher, counsellor or family member you might be interested in these books and resources that encourage children to be themselves, to focus on what is loving and good in their lives, and to develop the skills needed to deal effectively with the world.
Learning to understand and handle feelings are an essential part of growing up and developing maturity. Many of the books below focus on this aspect of growing up.
Clicking on the book covers or title links will take you to the relevant bookseller. Most of these (except for Amazon) are from a USA based store that ships to USA addresses.
If you live outside of the USA and can't find similar resources in your area, let me know. If I find something similar in your part of the world, or in your language, I'll be in touch.
The Feel Good Book
by Todd Parr.
A cute, bright and colorful book that focuses the attention on things that feel good. Great for young children, and helping them develop positive mind habits through remembering the things that make them happy. Use the book as a starting point for a bedtime game of 'what felt good today?' Or to help cheer a youngster up by helping him or her remember the things they like.
How Do I Feel? (Good Beginnings)
A little book about feelings with cute animals to demonstrate the different emotions.
Helpful for guiding littlies towards a basic recognition and understanding of different emotions.
Love Is a Good Thing to Feel
by Barbara Joosse.
In this book about love, sweet, quirky little Harriet does a whimsical exploration of what love feels like and all the ways she can think of to say "I love you".
Very cute and adorable illustrations. This little book makes an excellent bedtime read for 3-5 year olds or even a little older! A lovely gift, too.
Hello Kitty: A Little Book of Happiness
This little book is something like a cupcake in book form. Sweet, lighthearted, and just meant to make you smile for the moment. Hello Kitty and friends enjoy a few things that make them happy, like building sandcastles, playing outside in the sun, swinging, or (apparently) just standing about looking incredibly cute.
The large, bright and colorful illustrations will make this little book appealing for tiny tots or little girls of 5-9 years who love Hello Kitty (I did when I was a kid, and I still have a Hello Kitty sharpener in my stash somewhere. When you press the two halves together it says "ring ring". Now the fact that I still have this says something!). There's a lot to be said for feeling good!
Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney.
A much loved favourite story for little guys and girls, all about love and how impossible it is to measure love, as told by Little and Big Nutbrown Hare. Beautiful illustrations and a warm, loving topic to share with your toddlers of about 2-4 years.
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