2 Books That Support Understanding Your Big Emotions

Posted June 22, 2024 by Richetta in Book Reviews, Children's Books / 0 Comments

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2 Books That Support Understanding Your Big EmotionsThe Magical Science of Feelings by Jen Daily
Published by Storey Publishing on June 11, 2024
Genres: Juvenile Nonfiction / Health & Daily Living / General, Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Biology, Juvenile Nonfiction / Social Topics / Emotions & Feelings
Pages: 64
Format: ARC
Source: Storey Publishing
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Clinical social worker Jen Daily helps kids understand the science behind feelings, taking them on a lively tour of the brain to see where anger, anxiety, sadness, and joy start, and offering activities for calming emotions. 

Where do feelings come from? Are they magic? No, they're science! There is a reason our tummies feel funny when we are worried, and why we want to stomp and clench our fists when we feel mad. With endearing illustrations, the parts of the brain come alive as friendly characters who explain how emotions like happy, sad, mad, worried, and overwhelmed are created in the body. Along with clear explanations about the origins of feelings, author and clinical social worker Jen Daily provides creative coping skills and activities (playfully called emotion potions) that help build a child's ability to reflect, cope, calm anxious thoughts, and welcome greater joy. From dancing to storytelling and meditation, the coping skills are accessible and effective for a wide range of social-emotional needs and learning styles. 

The Magical Science of Feelings by Jen Daily

Thank you to @storeypub for the gifted copy! 

I love this book! It’s a great one to pair with watching Inside Out 1 and 2. It explains how your brain plays a role in your feelings and reactions to situations. It also has an engaging narrative style that encourages question and response. It asks the readers lots of relatable questions that help them connect to the topics and reflect their own experiences. I had a lot of fun reading it with my 8 and 9 year olds. Also, there are fun science experiments for each feeling. We are especially excited to try the slime experiments. If I were using this in the classroom, I’d definitely have a cross content approach that connected ELA, Science and Art. So many possibilities for a great SEL unit!

I would pair The Magical Science of Feelings this with an awesome new book called Gray

Gray by Laura Duckbill, illustrated by Lauren Child

Thank you to @candlewickpress for the gifted copy!

It follows a child who is not having a great day. They describe their feelings as the color gray. It has a great message about being okay with how you feel in the moment. The illustrator uses color and cutouts to make connections between feelings and how the child is processing their relationship to them. The first time I encountered the die cutout I was in awe of the effect it had. It uses the non-traditional in a children’s book (the absence of color) to tell the story of why gray days are okay. We often see red for anger and yellow for happy. So I appreciated this approach of talking about times when you just feel off or you feel like you don’t belong. The use of color and cutouts absolutely enhance and are part of the story. 

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