Book Spotlight: Emotions
Because a good book can help solve anything (right?!), we have a few recommendations for other parents who are in the thick of parenting kids with strong emotions that they don’t know what to do with.
You Get What You Get
by Julie Gassman
“You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” This book is about dealing with disappointment in an appropriate way. I was almost nervous to read this book to one of my kids because I thought s/he would be offended that I requested this one from the library. Oddly enough, the kid seemed not to notice that the book described him/her perfectly. It’s become a favorite of ALL of the kids.
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
What happens when a girl who has never made a mistake makes a BIG one in front of a lot of people? She laughed. Everyone else laughed. And then she realized that life is a bit more fun when you are not trying to be perfect all the time.
The Way I Act
by Steve Metzger
This is the sister book to The Way I Feel
, which explores various feelings and how they come and go, sometimes without warning! In the Way I Act, the book playfully talks about how our emotions affect the way we act. The pictures are good and the book is written as poetry.
My Mouth Is a Volcano!
by Julia Cook
All kids struggle with interrupting others when talking. Often it’s because they are really excited and feel like they can’t keep their words inside until it is their turn to talk. In this book, the main character finds himself getting in trouble for interrupting- both at school and at home. It’s not until he is interrupted that he understands how it feels to be interrupted. His mom suggests a strategy for keeping the words inside until it’s his turn and it works!
Soda Pop Head
by Julia Cook
This little guy has a temper on him, and everyone around him recognizes when he is about to explode! Typically his response to things not going his way is “But it’s not fair!” and then goes the explosion. The book offers some suggestions in ways to deal with the disappointment/embarrassment/etc. before it turns into an explosive situation.
by Julie Gassman
This one did not end how I thought it would, and it’s pretty funny. This is less a book about how to help kids cope with being crabby as it is a funny way of seeing the crabbiness from a kids point of view. Ada LOVES his book, and has it pretty much memorized. It’s a good one for younger kids (ages 2.5-4 probably).
Mouse Was Mad
by Linda Urban
The power of distraction. Sometimes we’re super mad, feeling all those emotions welling up inside, but then we get distracted and a little time passes and then we realize that we’re not mad anymore and we’re not quite sure why we were mad in the first place. Mouse experiences this after running into some friends in the midst of his anger. It kinda reminds me of Grumpy Bird
by Jeremy Tankard (which we absolutely love), except that Grumpy Bird’s spirit is not raised with distraction, but with friendship. I like that message better, but this one is good too :). I would say this is probably good for the younger preschool crowd too.
Last to Finish: A Story About the Smartest Boy in Math Class (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)
by Barbara Esham
This is one of the books in The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses series (which I think is really unique). In this story, Max finds that he is having a hard time with memorizing math facts and then doing the timed tests in his 3rd grade classroom. He thinks he is good at math, but feels discouraged and embarrassed by his inability to do well on these tests. He gets called into the principals’ office with his parent, and he’s so worried about what will happen. Will they say he is stupid? Turns out that the teacher and principal wanted to talk about his high math ability and recommend him for another math class. This one helps kids understand that just because they don’t do well in a certain area of a subject doesn’t mean they are dumb or should feel discouraged. Also, it helps kids who have performance anxiety realize that they aren’t the only ones who struggle.
We have a bunch more books on order from the library, so if we end up really liking any of those, we’ll be sure to share those too!
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