Big feelings start young. Saying “I HATE *insert your sister’s name here” into your bedroom door... feeling excited about using your brand new 64 COUNT box of Crayons with a built in sharpener… getting nervous about starting a new school year… OR loving the awe of being awoken at 2 AM by your dad to show you your first comet.
These big feelings carry into parenthood. We find ourselves constantly trying to help our children navigate their own paths through these big feelings (which is NOT an easy task!). At GoBe, we are a team of parents and super fun “anything goes” aunts 🥳 and over the years, we’ve collected our fair share of books to help our children identify and navigate their feelings.
Check out our top picks. Don’t see your favorite book? Share it with us (so we can immediately add it to our Amazon cart)! Book descriptions taken from Amazon.
The 'First Emotions' is a series of 7 books; each book is dedicated to a different feeling like sadness, fear, and happiness.
The ‘Big Bright Feelings’ is another one of our favorite series, providing great ways to talk about mental and emotional health, positive self-image, self-confidence, and feelings.
Breathe Like a Bear provides 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements that you and your little ones can perform anytime, anywhere.
Red, Red, Red is a true-to-life, upbeat story about a toddler tantrum that offers a meditative way to calm little ones down.
Grumpy Monkey is about a chimpanzee named Jim who is in a terrible mood for no reason. His friends have a lot of suggestions but nothing seems to help. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy? We can relate!
Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster
Whenever Jonathan James finds himself in a new situation, he hears his Whatif Monster asking all kinds of questions to stop him trying something new: What if it's scary? What if they laugh? Finally, Jonathan James has some questions of his own: What if they don't? What then?
Little Louie's story keeps getting messed up, and he's not happy about it! What's the point of telling his tale if he can't tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one--imperfections and all.
Learn all about feelings – and ideas for dealing with them – with Whatif Monsters!