There are lots of picture books around that deal with feelings. They help young children to understand their feelings and relate them to different situations. I recently discovered a New Zealand book that I think is one of the best for helping explain feelings to children. It is called Feel A Little: Little poems about big feelings, written by Jenny Palmer and illustrated by Evie Kemp.
Feel A Little is a book full of poems for children that help to explain different emotions. There are poems about Happy and Sad, Angry and Confused, but also poems about Silly, Nervous, Curious and Shy. Each emotion has a double page spread and is explained in a short poem on one page and an illustration on the other. Confident, for example has a poem that starts, ‘Sometimes you feel small inside, too awkward to be you. But other days you strut, you smile, you let the you shine through,’ and is accompanied by a colourful, smiling blob shape that shines bright.
I love, love, LOVE this book! It is a wonderful little book that I think all parents and teachers need to own and should be in all school libraries. It’s a great book to have on hand whenever you need to help a child understand how they are feeling. Each of the poems and illustrations perfectly captures the emotions and explains them in a way that children will be able to understand. The poems are a joy to read aloud and the illustrations are fun. It’s the sort of book that I could see teachers using with young children, getting the children to create their own pictures of emotions or even act out the emotions.
Go out and get a copy of Feel A Little and tell any parents, teachers and librarians you know about it.