Dealing with children’s emotions is a hot topic among teachers in elementary schools today. Teachers need to think about how to teach children to recognize and describe emotions, express them, and control them. Explicit lessons about emotions can help children learn healthy social-emotional skills. Here are 15 books and videos about emotions that you can share with your class.
15 Emotions Books and Videos for Kids
Children naturally express their emotions, although it’s not always in an appropriate manner. Emotional intelligence can be learned, and YOU can help your students adopt socially responsible ways of managing emotions. Share some of these books and videos with them today!
In each of the books listed below, the main characters struggle with defining or showing their emotions. Sometimes a tricky concept for youngsters to grasp, social-emotional learning CAN be successfully promoted in your classroom. Simply let the characters and situations described in these books illustrate what emotions are and how to handle them.
1. Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susanne Merritt – In this book about facing your worries, children will see how one little girl copes with her overwhelming feelings of worry and fear.
2. The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken – In this surprisingly creative book, the artist shows children how each mistake in her artwork leads to a brilliant and positive new creation. Children learn that, like art, we are all a work in progress.
3. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena – Jealousy hits a little boy hard in this story, where he wonders why his life and his possessions aren’t as nice as he assumes everyone else’s are. See how he deals with his emotions and learns to be content with the beauty in his own world.
4. The Crayon Box that Talked by Derolf and Letzig – This is a very popular book for explaining the value in diversity and how everything is more beautiful with all the different colors in the crayon box working together. This book teaches children about cooperation and community.
5. Pass it On by Sophie Henn – Spread kindness and cheerful encouragement through your classroom by reading this inspiring book with children. They will pick up on how passing along a joyful feeling to others can make everyone’s day brighter.
Kids benefit from writing and drawing about their feelings in a journal. Click here to check out the emotions journal.
6. The Dot by Peter Reynolds – The main character in this book just can’t get over her feelings of inadequacy. Children reading this book see how she battles her feelings of “I can’t” and ultimately overcomes.
7. Millie Fierce by Jane Manning – The lesson of this book: When you act out for attention, the result is that you don’t get the attention you crave. Children see Millie learn the lesson that being kind and friendly is the best way to manage feelings of loneliness and ultimately gain friendships.
8. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle – This long-time favorite book of teachers everywhere includes a life lesson about emotions from a ladybug. He learns that being grouchy and avoiding manners isn’t the best way to keep friends.
9. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst – For those days when nothing seems to go right, and the classroom atmosphere has tanked, try this book. In it, the main character Alexander suffers from similar circumstances, and the uplifting ending will smooth things over. Alexander learns that things aren’t really that bad.
10. When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang – How do people deal with scary emotions like anger? In this book, children learn what happens when Sophie gets angry, and how she learns that solitude and space can make things better.
Pull up these great videos as a supplement to your lessons on emotions. They are great for visual and auditory learners, and entertain while creatively teaching the concepts. Your students are going to love them!
Controlling Emotions by Math and Learning Videos for Kids
Learn Feelings and Emotions by Learning Time Fun
Kids will enjoy matching emotion words with real pictures representing each emotion. Click here to check it out.
Sad, Bad, Terrible Day by The Learning Station
Name That Emotion with Murray by Sesame Street
Encourage kids to self-reflect on how they are feeling and show it on the emotions clip chart. The perfect tool for your classroom meeting. Click here to check it out.
The Tantrum Phantom by Candyseed Stories
Feelings & Emotions Classroom Resource
The complete emotions unit includes tons of helpful lessons and activities to help children learn to identify their feelings and express them appropriately. Click here to see everything included.
Read More about Teaching Emotions in the Classroom
The above books and videos teach students about emotions and encourage the growth of emotional intelligence. Try reading and watching them in your classroom, and you can reach those little minds and hearts in your care.
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