Children’s Mental Health Week: Our Favourite Books About Understanding Emotions

February 3-9 2020 is Children’s Mental Health Week so we thought we’d take the opportunity to share our favourite books which focus on understanding and managing emotions.

We recommend:

The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

A clever book which equates emotions to colours and explains how you shouldn’t bottle them up.
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The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright & Chris Chatterton

Written in perfect rhyme with utterly charming illustrations, this is a wonderful book to set the minds of little worriers at ease. As the Worrysaurus works through his fears he shares lots of little tricks that he uses to make himself feel better.
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Feelings by Libby Walden & Richard Jones

The gentle rhyme explores all of the emotions which your child may be experiencing and helps you to name them and understand how they feel inside.
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The Grumpy Hamster By Sophie Johnson-Hill

This quirky story shows how bad moods and the grumps can spread from person to person – but how can you make this cycle of grouchiness stop?
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Happy By Nicola Edwards & Katie Hickey

This lovely book about mindfulness encourages children to slow down and connect with the world around them.
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The Heart And The Bottle By Oliver Jeffers

An uplifting story about love and loss, which looks at what can happen when you lock your emotions away rather than talk about them.
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In My Heart By Jo Witek & Christine Roussey

Recommended to us by a child psychologist, this is an in-depth but age-appropriate look at the wide array of emotions which we experience as humans.
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Me And My Fear By Francesca Sanna

The visual representation of fear in this book makes it so easy to explain and we love that it shows how everyone has vulnerabilities, no matter how tough or together they appear on the outside.
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Sweep By Louise Greig & Júlia Sardà

This beautifully-illustrated book does a fantastic job of showing how moods can affect you and the people around you. The imagery makes it easy for kids to understand how quickly things can snowball if you sweep your emotions under the carpet.
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Today I Feel…An Alphabet of Feelings By Madalena Moniz

The book is an alphabet of feelings, with each double page dedicated to one letter/emotion and a corresponding image. The range of emotions covered is really wide and the beautiful illustrations give a fantastic sense of how each one feels.
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Words And Your Heart By Kate Jane Neal

The beautifully illustrated text talks about our words and the impact they have. Words are great for chatting with your friends and describing things you’ve seen and explaining how you feel but sometimes words can hurt.
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Allie All AlongAllie All Along By Sarah Lynne Reul

A fantastic book for helping children learn to manage their anger. The visual representation of the layers of emotion  works really well and the story offers up lots of useful tools to help children learn how to calm themselves down. Read the full review


Freya's Funny Feeling

Freya’s Funny Feeling By Samia Quddus & Rahima Begum

This is a gorgeous book, which does a great job of explaining that uncomfortable nervous feeling of butterflies in your tummy  in a toddler-friendly way. Read the full review.


Lucy’s Blue Day by Chris Duke & Federica Bartolini

A clever story featuring a little girl whose hair changes colour according to her mood. It’s a really easy concept for toddlers to grasp and it teaches that your emotions change all the time and that’s totally normal. Read the full review.


The Colour of Happy

The Colour of Happy by Laura Baker & Angie Rozelaar

In this beautifully illustrated story we follow a small boy as he experiences a range of emotions during a short walk with his dog. Each double page spread features a different emotion and each emotion is represented by a colour to make it easy for small children to understand. Read the full review.

When Sadness Comes To Call by Eva Eland

This poignant and beautifully illustrated book does a wonderful job of showing children the transient nature of big emotions like sadness and why it is always best to address your feelings. Read the full review.


There are also a number of great books which we love but haven’t had a chance to review yet! We’ll be adding some of these to this page in the coming days. They include My Monster And MeThe Huge Bag of Worries, How Are You Feeling Today?, and Who Is Happy?

Last year we were invited to talk about this topic on BBC Radio Newcastle! You can listen to what we had to say here:

We’d love to hear what you think of these books and what other titles you would add to the list. Let us know in the comments below!

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