Teach Children About Feelings: Using Existing Books in Your Library

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? 🙂

Reading our weathered copy of LC's favorite - Meet My Superdad. LC was 16 months in this picture.

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.


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