Little Children, Big Feelings and Books
Picture books can support children’s emotional development as well as their literacy skills. They can offer a mirror of the big feelings children feel and open doors to good ways to express and cope with emotions. Reading picture books is a safe, non-judgmental and enjoyable way to learn about feelings.
How do picture books support emotional development?
Picture books can help children:
- identify and name emotions
- develop empathy, as children learn to understand emotions in others
- learn healthy ways of expressing and coping with big feelings
- talk about feelings by opening conversations.
The pictures amplify the words and convey more meaning than the words alone. Wordless picture books, such as Mel Tregonning’s Small Things, demonstrate the power of images.
Picture Book Recommendations
Sad? Worried? Angry? Scared? Happy? Picture books represent all these emotions and more.
These lists of recommended books can help you find some picture book titles.
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