Book Spotlight: 6 More Books about Feelings
Sometimes I’m Bombaloo by Rachel Vail
Katie is a good girl who is often patient, kind, and responsible. And sometimes, she feels bombaloo. Angry, out of control, simply overcome with negative emotion. She hits and yells; toys fly all over. But eventually, after some time alone, she regains her perspective and makes the situation right. This is a fairly regular occurrence in our home these days, and the kids enjoyed reading about Katie’s thoughts, struggles, and solution. The line that kids most identified with “And I’m sorry and a little frightened. It’s scary, being Bombaloo.” Yes it is, Katie.
Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman
Noni is a little bit of a nervous girl. But with starting school tomorrow, she is a LOT nervous. The first day goes by and she forgets to remember anything to tell her mom and dad. The next day, she reached out to a girl on the bus, and made a friend. The day ended up going a lot better, and her nervousness eventually disappeared. I love this story because Noni didn’t just sit around and wait to feel comfortable, but she was courageous (doing something brave, even though we feel scared).
The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice by Kristen Balouch
At first look, perhaps this isn’t a typical “feelings” book. But if you have a boisterous little girl who has had hurt feelings because they are LOUD and sometimes scare others away, then this would be one for them. A bonus: the illustrations are loud and colorful. Love it!
When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman
This is a perfect book for preschoolers because it is straightforward and deals with common situations that can cause anger in this age group (mean words, disappointment, “not fair”, etc.). It also provides helpful strategies for kids to deal with their anger without hitting, yelling, kicking, etc. This is a favorite of my 4-year-old.
Wilma Jean and the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
My little ones’ ears perk up when I read this book. EVERY time I read it, I start with just one child listening, but by the end, the others have made their way to whatever room I’m in and are listening in. Wilma Jean is a worrier, and her teacher helps her understand the difference between worries that we can control and ones we can’t. There’s a little bonus lesson for parents that I’m pretty sure younger kids won’t pick up on. I’ll let you read it to find out what that is. 😉
Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
A fun book about moods. I like this one because it helps young kids name their emotions/moods. As much as we do that with our kids on a regular basis, sometimes they seem to learn more through books!