28 Children’s Books About Emotions and Expressing Yourself


Emotions are a vital part of the human experience, and learning how to express them appropriately is an essential skill for children. Books about emotions can play an important role in helping young ones understand, identify, and manage their feelings. Here are 28 fantastic children’s books about emotions and expressing yourself that will foster emotional growth in your little ones.

1. “The Feelings Book” by Todd Parr

2. “In My Heart: A Book of Feelings” by Jo Witek

3. “The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings” by Anna Llenas

4. “Today I Feel: An Alphabet of Emotions” by Madalena Moniz

5. “When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry” by Molly Bang

6. “Grumpy Monkey” by Suzanne Lang

7. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst

8. “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain

9. “The Feelings Series” by Trace Moroney

10. “Visiting Feelings” by Lauren Rubenstein

To promote emotional understanding, these books dive into various moods and emotions from a relatable standpoint:

11. “A Whole Bunch of Feelings: What do they mean?” by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

12. “Feelings to Share from A to Z” by Todd Snow

13. “Words and Your Heart” by Kate Jane Neal

14. “Double Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions” by Barbara S Cain

15. “I’m Worried” by Michael Ian Black

Some stories creatively explore individual emotions like anger, sadness, worry, or happiness:

16. “When Miles Got Mad” by Abbie Schiller

17. “I Monster on a Log” by Robert Neubecker

18. “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle

19. “The Rabbit Listened” by Cori Doerrfeld

20. “The Heart and the Bottle” by Oliver Jeffers

Encouraging children to express themselves and validate their emotions, these books celebrate self-expression and emotional openness:

21. “Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods” by Sandra Boynton

22. “How Do You Feel?” by Anthony Browne

23. “The Book of Mistakes” by Corinna Luyken

24. “Glad Monster, Sad Monster: A Book About Feelings” by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

25. “Everyone” by Christopher Silas Neal

Lastly, these books offer practical tips on managing emotions and understanding how to navigate them effectively:

26. “How to Be a Lion” by Ed Vere

27. “Sometimes I’m Bombaloo” by Rachel Vail

28. “My Many Colored Days” by Dr. Seuss


By incorporating these emotionally rich children’s books into your reading routine, you’ll help lay the foundation for healthy emotional expression in your child’s life. By exploring different emotions through relatable characters and scenarios, children will be better equipped to understand and express their own feelings – helping them grow into well-adjusted, emotionally intelligent individuals.

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