Let’s teach students about emotions with these feelings books for little learners.
Feelings come in many forms. Worrying, scared, happy, and angry are just a few that kids will experience. Teach them how to manage and express their these feelings with the help of these books.
Through stories, we can give little learners the tools they need to understand and sort through their feelings. These characters will give students practical ways to face any emotion that pops up and begin to understand what others are feeling too.
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Feelings Books for Little Learners
A fish has a permanent pouty face! Will his friends cheer him up? An adorable story about friendship and happiness. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!
Lots of feelings are pictured in this book that is a great way to teach little learners on how to read faces and the emotions they express.
I love this book. It explains how everyone has feelings…. even ninjas and superheroes and boys! Yes we want boys to know they can be sad, upset, cry, and that is GOOD to express how they feel!
When a shopping trip turns out to be too much for Llama Llama, Mama figures out a way to make it fun. I read this book to review Green and Red Choices or how to calm down. We also talk about green choice Llama could have made instead of yelling, kicking, and screaming.
When it’s Llama’s first day of preschool, some overwhelming feelings bubble to the top. Poor Llama just wants his mama.
This is a great book to show little learners a few examples on how to behave in different situations. The best part is that all of the tips are positive actions.
Little learners will learn how to link words that express feelings to the emotions. This is a great companion book for the book listed above.
When Lilly’s purse gets taken away by her teacher she gets very mad and makes a bad decision. Kids can learn how to reflect before they act when facing strong emotions.
Growing up is tough! This book embraces the brave side of students when they say goodbye to a parent or when they’re trying new things.
This book gives kids a fantastic way to control their tempers by exploring the age old question… why are dragons so mad?
When a storm hits, Bear gets scared. But thanks to his friends, they are able to find him and bring him back home where they can all be safe.
Another great emotion to explore with little learners is gratitude! In this book, Bear gives thanks to his friends by cooking them dinner. But when he discovers there is nothing to cook in his cupboards, he doesn’t know what he’s going to do.
This story follows a boy in real life and captures his emotions in photographs. A great book to use with little learners to talk about facial expressions, body language, and reactions. It is SO IMPORTANT to talk about how someone’s body looks for each feeling too to help students learn to read those non-verbal cues. Like when you are sad your eyebrows turn down, your shoulders go down, and yoru body slumps.
Emotions and feelings can be a good thing! This book points out all the great ways to feel good. Ask your little learners for even more ways to feel good about themselves.
It’s okay to feel silly or cranky! Moods and feelings change often, especially in little learners. It’s how we embrace these emotions that count. By the way… reading always helps!
When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really, Angry
Use this book to help kids identify actions that can help them process those big emotions. It helps them make better choices if they have a strategy to help calm those intense feelings. Check out my Clam Down Kit for more supports to help little learners calm down in appropriate ways.
If You’re Happy and You Know It
This book brings a classic song to your classroom! It also intertwines diverse students in this new version!
Use this book to help your students identify all of the different emotions you can have and how they express that feeling through their face.
This book will keep your students laughing as vegetables are met with different feelings. It makes for some silly conversations with students and is a book they will read over and over.
Explaining feelings to young kids is a snap when you include monsters! For monster feeling fun you could hop on over to our other post and play Monster Feeling Match Up!
This little mouse sure knows how to worry. When she meets another student in her class that worries just as much as her, she realizes that she’s just worrying too much!
What are your favorite stories that help teach kids about feelings? Did they make my list?
Need lessons and activities to teach your little learners all about feelings? I’ve got you covered! This Feeling pack has tons of feeling activities, graphs, anchor charts, posters, real photographs, a writing center, and MORE! Click HERE to grab it now.
Or grab my Calm Down Kit to give your students visual supports and strategies to help them manage those BIG emotions. Click HERE to grab it from my TPT store.
For even more book lists, stop by the Pocket of Preschool Book List Page that is full of fantastic books for little learners! You will find a wide variety of book topics ranging from community helpers, food, space, shapes, and so much more.