10 Books To Help Children Identify And Express Their Feelings At This Time

Parent and Child Reading

With COVID-19 and the recent social injustice in America, many children are experiencing various levels of distress. Children cannot always put into words how they are feeling, but they can often connect with a story that does. Reading with your child is a great way to connect with them and provide comfort in this time of uncertainty. Randa Bush, Regional Manager of Children’s Services at New Vista, created her Top 10 list of children’s books that can help children identify, understand, and express their feelings. Children look to adults for guidance, and it is our hope these books will provide the opportunity for you to help guide the young ones in your life. Check out the books listed below that can help your child better understand and manage their feelings. We’ve provided links to these books on Amazon but the books may also be available at your local library.

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” Mason Cooley

  1. The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings by Anna Llenas
  2. The I’m Not Scared Book by Todd Parr
  3. A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness by Frank J. Sileo
  4. The Lonely Little Monster by Andi Green
  5. Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping With Events in the News by Dawn Huebner
  6. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst                                                                                                                   
  7. Don’t Feed the WorryBug by Andi Green
  8. Listening to My Body: A guide to helping kids understand the connection between their sensations (what the heck are those?) and feelings so that they can get better at figuring out what they need by Gabi Garcia
  9. A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
  10. Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean