Book Review: The Great Big Book of Feelings

Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
Interest Level: Ages 4 and Up

From the Book Jacket: Happy, sad, excited, bored, silly, shy, confident...Explore lots of different feelings with the children in this book, including how to share and talk about feelings, and how to help yourself feel better.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: This is a proactive book about feelings. It takes it a step further then just defining a feeling - it gives kids guidance on what to do with some of those emotions that might trip up their day. I'm happy to share this new one with students but was also reflecting as a parent how this will be going in my daughter's library. It's wonderful. 

Feelings covered: Happy, sad, excited, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous, satisfied, and bored.

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  1. WoW ... looks like a winner!! I feel so happy and eager to add this one to my collection. You are an excellent book scout.

  2. Thank you for the recommendation! I own The Great Big Book of Families by the same author. It is wonderfully inclusive and normalizes many family structures, traditions, and personalities. I like to read this in the first meeting for my small groups coping with divorce. Many of my students chime in with, "that's just like my family!". I am sure I will be adding the feeling version to my collection :)