Teaching kids about feelings through books does not have to be confined to books that are particularly direct on the topic (Read about three such books here, here and here). A storybook long residing in your library may pretty well be up for it.
One of the good things about “not so feeling” storybooks is that only a particular (or two or three) feelings are tackled on the occasion. Also, concepts or information lightly discussed but done regularly sometimes work better than an all-out lecture, right? 🙂
Let me share with you some of the storybooks which I use to subtly teach LC about feelings:
- The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle – grouchiness
- Rainbow Fish and Rainbow Fish and the Great Blue Whale both by Marcus Pfister – angry, hurt, lonely, afraid
- The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle – lonely
- The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – On hungry, what else? 😉 A failure on our part though since LC puts on an angry face every time I ask him if he’s hungry.
- Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake by Eileen Christelow- surprise
- Mess Monsters by Beth Shosan – shocked
- Meet My Superdad by Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan (Hiyas for OMF Lit) – proud, happy
- Chenelyn, Chenelyn by Rhandee Garlitos (Adarna House) – sick
- Bakit Ang Tapang ng Batang Si David by Edwin Estioko (Hiyas for OMF Lit) – brave
Then there’s the books on love, a parent’s love, a child’s love for a toy. I just read them though without explaining love, since I’m afraid of falling short on the definition. I guess a lot will agree with me if I say it’s easier to express love than explain it – especially a parent’s love.
Another storybook good for teaching about a certain feeling was given to us last month. The book was written by Sandy Schramm and illustrated by… guess who… a fellow N@wie! 🙂 (N@W is an online community I’m a part of and members call themselves, N@wies.) I’ll be saving a separate post for that book as it came with other titles.