Wednesday 3 February 2016

Feelings - Resources for Young Children

Here are books and other resources about feelings for Children Who Witness Abuse (CWWA) and Violence in Preventable (VIP) programs.

New in the Library - Would you like to borrow or review any of these books for young children? Email to borrow

1. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (2014) - For ages 3-6, explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside.

2.The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings (2015) - For ages 3-7. We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? Illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm to encourage young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers.

3. Sometimes I Feel Awful (Kids Have Feelings, Too) (1993).  For ages 3-8. Helpful for teaching young children the difference between feelings and actions. What makes this book about kids' feelings stand out from other similar books is that it runs through a variety of situations where the little girl in the book could have used her words, but didn't, and what the effect was on the situation.  Recommended in CWWA Training

4. What Feelings do you Feel? (2012). For ages 3-6. Told in rhyming verse, this book helps children distinguish their own feelings from the feelings of other children and adults.

5. Inside Out [DVD, 95 min] (2015) Disney Pixar. MEMBER FEEDBACK: "I saw this movie with another adult and we both thoroughly enjoyed it and talked for ages afterwards about its potential use for helping children and young people (and grown-ups!) understand their emotions, memories and personalities. Whilst it doesn't deal with issues of violence or abuse, it does tell a story (using predominantly white, heterosexual characters) about creating safe spaces for recognising sadness and talking about why we feel sad."  

6. Just Breathe [online video, 4 min.] For elementary students

7. The Zones of Regulation : A Curriculum Designed to Foster Self-regulation and Emotional Control (2011). The Zones curriculum provides strategies to teach students to become more aware of, and independent in controlling their emotions and impulses, managing their sensory needs, and improving their ability to problem solve conflicts.  MEMBER FEEDBACK: This is a very good tool for teaching emotional regulation.

8. What is a Feeling? (2014). For K-6. Ways in which children can develop emotional awareness in order to better express themselves without harming themselves or others.


Want More Resources on Feelings For Young Children?

We have a wide selection of books, games and audio-visuals about feelings for young children up to age 8. Would you like to review them and add your feedback? Ask us - we can send a package. Do you already use these resources - send us a note about why they work well, and we'll add it to the catalogue. Email

1. Whimsy's Heavy Things (2013). Ages 4-6.  Recommended in CWWA Training
MEMBER FEEDBACK: "I ended up purchasing 'Whimsy's Heavy Things' for our office and clients have been enjoying it." Recommended to BCSTH members. -- August 2014.
MEMBER FEEDBACK: "I HIGHLY recommend this book." -- January 2015.
MEMBER FEEDBACK: "A good book to help children identify how feelings hold you down." -- May 2015.

2. Liking Myself (2011). Ages 5-11. MEMBER FEEDBACK: I really enjoyed this book. I used it for kids and also for the women. -- Jan 2014.

3. Why are you so scared? : a child's book about parents with PTSD (2012) Ages 4-8.

4. Little volcanoes : helping young children and their parents to deal with anger  (2012). For under 5 yrs old

5. Walking through the maze : a children's guide for loss and grief (2009). Ages 4-8.

6. Building emotional intelligence : techniques to cultivate inner strength in children. Ages 5 and up

7. Each feeling is a single book: Lonely. Shy. Brave. Impatient. Embarrassed. Worried. Angry. Proud. Jealous. Caring. Sad. (2007) For K-3.

8. Sometimes I Feel ? [Card game] (2005). For ages 4-8.

9. Looking After Me (2005). For ages 3-5.

10. Feelings (2005). For parents of children from birth to age 5.  Borrow the print version or use the online version

11. Dr Playwell's fantastical feelings machine: a game that teaches the responsible expression of feelings [Game] (2004) MEMBER FEEDBACK: Useful and recommended to members - "Great game! Suitable for all elementary grades" - June 2010.
MEMBER FEEDBACK: Recommended to other BCSTH members -- August 2013.
MEMBER FEEDBACK: "Great resource." -- 2007.

12. Drawing Together to Learn About Feelings. (2003) Ages 6-12.  MEMBER FEEDBACK: "Great resource for activities with those children who would rather draw than talk. Much easier for the children to show & describe. Kids relaxed while doing activities." -- April 2015.

13. When I Feel Jealous. (2002). Preschool to Grade 2. 

14. When I Feel Sad. (2002). Preschool to Grade 2.

15A simple gift : helping your young child cope with feelings [17 min, DVD] (2000) A guide for parents.

16. Helping children who yearn for someone they love and The frog you longed for the moon to smile (2000). Age 4-12
MEMBER FEEDBACK: VERY helpful." -- May 2014

17. A terrible thing happened (anxiety, anger) (2000). Recommended in CWWA Training

18. Exploring loneliness with your child (1994) For age groups 5 - 8, 9 - 11 and 12 - 14.

19. The very angry day that Amy didn't have (1994) Ages 4-8

20. Exploring loneliness : an Enchant√© inner-active book (1994)

21. What is a feeling? (1993) For K-3

22. These are 3 single books: I'm mad. I'm frustrated. I'm proud. (1994) Ages 3-8

23. Feelings (1984) Ages 4-8

24. I Was So Mad (1983) Preschool kids.

25. Feelings: Inside You and Out Loud Too (1975)


Please visit the BCSTH Library to learn more about resources and information services developed especially for members of the BC Society of Transition Houses, and contact us for more information.

Deb & Tina, Co-Librarians
BC Society of Transition Houses
Vancouver, British Columbia