The Feelings Series by Trace Moroney: Emotive Books for Children
A handy helper for preschoolers (and parents!) to better understand common emotions.
The Feelings Series is a book series created by author Trace Moroney that helps children explore their emotions, particularly children of parents who might not be sure how to help them manage their feelings.
I am definitely one of these parents who struggles to describe feelings. Sure, I know what they feel like, but The Feelings Series takes the hard work out of trying to have an age appropriate, meaningful conversation about them.
Each book focuses on one common emotion, such as loneliness, anger, jealousy, fear, disappointment, sadness, love and happiness. They're designed to help children identify, express and manage these feelings in an appropriate way. The books are beautifully illustrated and use simple language aimed at children.
There is a central character, a young bunny, in each book. It's not a traditional story, instead there are examples used to help children relate to the emotions the bunny is experiencing. My children and I tend to read a page, then talk about a time when we have experienced that emotion or a similar situation.
At the end of the book are questions to encourage parents and children to discuss the emotions described. There are also helpful notes written by a child psychologist.
The following titles are available:
*When I知 Feeling Happy *When I知 Feeling Jealous *When I知 Feeling Scared *When I知 Feeling Nervous *When I知 Feeling Disappointed *When I知 Feeling Love *When I知 Feeling Sad *When I知 Feeling Angry *When I知 Feeling Kind *When I知 Feeling Lonely
We have been collecting them, as I find them invaluable in assisting my children to understand emotions and how to deal with them. You can find them at most bookshops, plus Kmart, which lists a pack of 8 of the 10 books on the website.