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Using Children’s Books to Help Improve Emotional Literacy

October 5, 2010

Reading books together with young children is one of my favorite activities. When you choose books with emotional themes, you can enhance both language literacy and emotional literacy at the same time. Increasing the awareness of emotions in your family is an important component of empowered parenting. I discuss this concept in more detail with several suggestions for approaching the topic in my Empowered Parenting Workbook. I thought it would be helpful here to provide you with some resources for building your family’s emotional awareness using children’s books.

Below is a starter list of some of the books I use and recommend in my office, and I also used some of them with my own children when they were younger. This list is far from exhaustive. I welcome your comments regarding which books you have used and liked so that I can expand this list.

Bang, M. (1999). When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry… New York: Scholastic.

Brown, L. K. & Brown, M. (1998). How to Be a Friend. New York: Little, Brown.

Curtis, J. L. (1998). Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day. Joanna Cotler Books.

Freymann, S. & Elffers, J. (1999). How Are You Peeling? New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.

Offerman, L. & Moroney, T. (1999). Little Teddy Bear’s Happy Face Sad Face: A First Book About Feelings. Brookfield: The Millbook Press.

Seuss. (1996). My Many Colored Days. New York: Knopf Books for Young Readers.

Spelman, C. M. & Cote, N. (2000). When I Feel Angry. Morton Grove: Albert Whitman.

Thomas, P. (2003). Is It Right to Fight? Hauppauge: Barron’s.

I also really like the Arthur books by Marc Brown and Franklin books by Paulette Bourgeois because they often touch on emotional themes related to childhood.

So what books do you find helpful? Please share more titles in the comments below.

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  1. October 6, 2010 6:47 am

    Thanks for these wonderful choices! Reading with young children is one of my favorite activities, too. It provides such a wonderful opportunity to discuss and delve deeper into issues.

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