Some fantastic picture books to take you on a journey through a roller coaster of feelings and emotions.
Hey awesome / Young, Karen
“If kids with anxiety could see their strengths, they would feel so much bigger than their anxiety. They would feel bigger than everything – as though a tiny, tip-toed stretch could have them touching the top of the world from where they are.
This book is a reminder for all kids that everything they need to be brave, strong and brilliant is already in them.” (Catalogue)
I feel teal / Rille, Lauren
“…You’re pink, you’re teal, you’re gray, you’re jade.
You’re every golden, warmy shade…
All of us have lots of feelings, and this sweet rhyming story cleverly uses colors to explore the wide range of emotions little ones experience throughout the day, from a shy scarlet to a quiet ecru to an exuberant magenta. Along the way it celebrates individuality and self-acceptance–after all, our feelings are the palette that makes us who we are” (Catalogue)
Me and my fear / Sanna, Francesca
“Introducing a companion picture book to the award-winning picture book, The Journey, from rising star Francesca Sanna.
When a young immigrant girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like “how can you hope to make new friends if you don’t understand their language?” But this little girl is stronger than her Fear. A heart-warming and timely tale from the bestselling author and illustrator of The Journey, this book shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with others–after all, everyone carries a Fear with them, even if it’s small enough to fit into their pocket” (Catalogue)
My friend sleep / Baker, Laura
“My Friend Sleep is a simple bedtime story that reminds children of the joy of dreams, and how to deal with the very common issue of night terrors that many toddlers and preschoolers experience.
Journey with a little girl through her dreams, alongside her friend Sleep. Meet friendly aliens, ride on a dragon’s back and meet a scary monster… who turns out to be not-so scary after all. With Sleep by your side, nothing is as terrifying as it seems. This magical picture book delights in the joy of dreams, opens a door to children’s imaginations and helps to contain their fears around sleep and night terrors. Featuring stunning, atmospheric illustrations, this beautiful story is the perfect book for getting little ones off to sleep at bedtime.” (Catalogue)
The bear, the piano, the dog and the fiddle / Litchfield, David
“Set in New Orleans with a new cast of animal musicians, this big-hearted sequel to the best-selling The Bear and the Piano teaches that friendship, like good music, lasts forever.
Hector and his dog Hugo have made music together through good times, bad times and even some crazy times. But when Hugo learns to play the fiddle, and gets the chance to play with Bear’s Big Band, Hector’s jealousy gets the better of him. Can Hector swallow his pride and learn to be for happy for his friend? Set in New Orleans with a new cast of animal musicians, this big-hearted sequel to the best-selling The Bear and the Piano teaches that friendship, like good music, lasts forever.” (Catalogue)