Top 10 Best Books for Introducing Emotions

Little ones experience all sorts of emotions, but may not understand why they feel the way they do. Ordered by target age, these helpful books explain to children why they feel angry, sad, happy, scared and other emotions, and how they should deal with these feelings, in a fun and gentle way. See the list below for the best books for introducing emotions.

1. How Do You Feel?

Anthony Browne | Toddlers

Sometimes you feel happy, sometimes sad, sometimes surprised! Artist and Children's Laureate Anthony Browne brings his skill and understanding to this exploration of young children's emotions. It will reassure children and help them understand how they feel using simple words and fun pictures - and it stars a friendly little chimp!

2. My Feelings

Sarah Jennings | 3+

With tabbed pages and friendly characters, this colourful book can help little ones understand all about their emotions and realise it's OK to have them. From being happy to sad to grumpy, it offers suggestions for how children can deal with each emotion, so that they don't become overwhelmed.

3. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

Jo Witek | 3+

This gentle story features a sweet little girl who explains exactly how she feels when she experiences all sorts of emotions, including happiness, sadness, anger, shyness and more. Little ones will learn valuable new vocabulary and can use it to practise identifying and articulating their own emotions. A multi-coloured die-cut heart runs through the entire book, giving it an extra beautiful element.

4. Wilbur's Book of Feelings

Valerie Thomas | 3+

This colourful, sturdy board book is full of bright, lively images. Winnie's mischievous cat Wilbur wants to share all his emotions with little readers, whether he's surprised, worried, playful or dizzy! This cute and cuddly character will introduce little ones to emotions in an entertaining and engaging way.

5. Playdate Pals


Across 8 books, join the adorable Playdate Pals as they introduce young children to a variety of emotions and behaviour. Each animal buddy focuses on a particular emotion, with simple stories that break down complex feelings in a fun and accessible way. With bright, simple artwork and easy-to-follow text, children can answer the questions provided at the end of each story to achieve an even deeper understanding of themselves and their development.

6. Worried Arthur Set

Joan Stimson & Jan Lewis | 3+

Playful penguin Arthur is a worrier. Join him in these gorgeous stories as he overcomes his fears about playing in a football match, what could go wrong at his birthday party, and camping in his friend's terrifying tent! These engaging stories address common childhood worries and are perfect to share with little ones who may relate and feel reassured.

7. Sometimes I Feel Sunny

Gillian Shields | 3+

This colourful card book features four friendly children, who experience all the emotions that naturally occur in a child's daily life. From an effective way to soothe a bad mood, to explaining that everyone feels strong emotions sometimes, children will be comforted and delighted by this tender, amusing story.

8. Everybody Feels...

Moira Butterfield | 4+

This series of four fun tales follows little children as they learn to deal with emotions they confront in their everyday lives. The stories feature stunning illustrations and four key emotions: happiness, sadness, anger and fear!

9. A Book of Feelings

Amanda McCardie | 5+

Brother and sister Sam and Kate know the things that make them happy: cuddling Mum, story-time with Dad, playing with their dog Fuzzy Bean, swimming, dancing... all sorts! But in the story, they come to feel grumpy, shy, embarrassed, nervous, sad, jealous and more, too! This emotionally extensive book encompasses all sorts of feelings and shows how people can help one another.

10. How Are You Feeling Today?

Molly Potter | 6+

This bright and brilliant book provides children with straightforward, engaging ideas to help them deal with a variety of key emotions. It lets them choose a feeling that relates to them and offers child-friendly techniques for dealing with it. It also contains helpful notes for parents, covering both positive and negative emotions, and is perfect for adults and children to read together.

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    This title is part of the "My First Picture Book" series: perfect for every toddler to help build language, understanding and enjoyment. These books are a bridge between board books and picture books; printed on sturdy card with rounded corners. Follow four loveable friends through their day, and explore the emotions that naturally occur in every young child's life. This title presents a brilliant way to soothe a bad mood and to explain that everyone feels strong emotions sometimes.
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    Starring the same little girl in the same charming illustration style as Hello In There!, In My Heart explores emotions--happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness and more. Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like, physically, inside. For example: "When I get really angry, my heart feels like it's going to explode! Don't come near me! My heart is yelling, hot and loud. This is when my heart is mad." Toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. On the cover and the right side of each spread, a die-cut heart decreases in size, creating a multi-coloured heart the depth of the entire book.
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    Wilbur's Book of Feelings is an irresistible new board book, perfect for the smallest paws. It's full of bright, bold, and playful images, making first concepts fizz with fun. Whether surprised, worried, playful, or dizzy, Wilbur wants to share his feelings with his young readers. With a friendly smile and a mischievous twinkle in his eye, the lovable, huggable Wilbur is ready to lead children on an entertaining journey of early-learning discovery. And to make the book extra-special, it ends with a heart-warming picture and message affirming the fondness that Wilbur's owner - none other than Winnie the Witch - has for her big black cat! Other titles include: Numbers, First Words, Colours, Opposites, Actions, Things That Go, and Dressing Up.
  • Worried Arthur Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780723287100 - Joan Stimson and Jan Lewis
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    Arthur is a penguin and a worrier. In this beautifully illustrated three-book collection of Arthur stories, little ones will enjoy following the loveable penguin as he overcomes his fears about playing in a football match, about all the things that could go wrong at his birthday party and about camping in his friend's scary tent...

    For a penguin in a pickle, he must ask his friends and family to help him. These gently told stories, along with the heart-warming illustrations, address common childhood worries and make perfect reading to share as little ones relate to the issues and find reassurance.
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    This is a book about feelings, for the very young child. How do you feel? Sometimes you feel happy, sometimes sad. Sometimes you even feel surprised. Supreme artist and Children's Laureate Anthony Browne brings all his understanding and skill to bear in this exploration of emotion for very young children. This book will reassure and help them understand how they feel, using simple words and pictures. Every parent can feel "confident" that this is the perfect book. A companion volume to "I Like Books" and "Things I Like", Anthony Browne's young chimp is sure to be a hit with all little ones! This is an accessible first book of feelings, ideal for sharing.
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    A Book of Feelings stars a brother and sister, Sam and Kate, and their dog, Fuzzy Bean. Sam and Kate know what makes them happy: cuddling Mum, reading a story with Dad, swimming, running and dancing ...lots of things! But they don't feel happy all the time, and in the course of the book we see them feeling grumpy, embarrassed, shy, nervous, frightened, sad and jealous. This book shows the children in many different situations at home and at school, and show how they change over time, how emotions can escalate and how people can help each other. Amanda McCardie's supremely subtle and sensitive text is as alive to the nuances of children's behaviour as Salvatore Rubbino's amazing pictures.
  • Playdate Pals Collection - 8 Books - Collection - 9781785986444
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    Join the Playdate Pals as they introduce young children to a variety of emotions and behaviour.

    Across the eight books, each animal friend focuses and explores one particular emotion. These are very simple stories that break down complex emotions and issues in a child-friendly way.

    With eye-catching artwork and simple text, there are even questions for your children to answer at the end of each story - meaning they'll develop their knowledge of personal development as they prepare to start school.
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    Follow Sophie's story and how she learns to deal with anger when her dog chews her shoe. Each book focuses on a different emotion, looking at why children may feel a certain way and how they can deal with their feelings. Every title features two stories, each told from a child's point of view, which involve common scenarios or situations. For example, the main characters interact with each other through the series, sharing experiences that readers can easily relate too. These sensitive stories reassure young readers and provide them with a vocabulary which helps them to express and understand their feelings as they grow up and encounter different situations. 'Story words' in each book explain words simply and gently. Beautiful, fun illustrations from an award winning illustrator, plus supporting text for parents and teachers ensure children get the most from the books.
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    With its tabbed pages and friendly characters, this book can help children understand all about their emotions - and help them realise it's OK to have them.

    From being happy to feeling sad and grumpy, it offers ideas for what a child can do to deal with each emotion. A wonderful first introduction to emotions, it will help children cope with their various feelings and help keep them from being overwhelmed.