10 Simple Kids’ Books About Feeling Sad
Emotions can be so big for little people. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to handle them. Sometimes it’s hard to know what emotion they are experiencing, or what the word is for that feeling. When kids are small a huge part of the job of learning emotional regulation centres on learning a vocabulary for the emotions. That’s where books can come in handy. Reading all about some animal character experiencing fear and sadness because Mommy went to work or Dad is in the hospital, can help.
When my kids were small I loved these types of educational emotional intelligence books. They are sometimes also instrumental in helping children understand empathy. When they are small that’s a great way to nurture compassion. Reading a long with your child as you label the emotions together and decide what is happening, can help him or her start to feel for the main character. You might add: How do you think Bear is feeling now that Mama Bear is away? They might struggle for a few words but typically will have no problem seeing and maybe even feeling what that small bear is experiencing. Growing and learning through books also means children get good at taking the lessons learned and apply them to real life experiences. Of course with all things, when kids are small, the key is repetition.
Here are ten simple books about feeling sad for kids. This post contains affiliate links.