Book Hunters in Brief #84: Emotions

One of the more troublesome things about being a youngster is that you have all the same feelings that grown-ups do, but you don't have names for them yet. Sure, you figure out happy and angry pretty early on. It's some of the others--envy, anxiety, aggravation, desire--to name just a few that give one fits. They're all valid human reactions to the world, but they are hard even for adults to identify when experiencing them.

This week, Book Hunters offers some fun books that may help your kids put names on some of the things they feel--which is a good thing because having a name for something allows us to talk about it, and as a parent I came to realize after much trial and error that a little conversation is way better than a big tantrum.

Grump Groan Growl by Bell Hooks

Walter Was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Katie Woo, Don’t Be Blue by Fran Manushkin

Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester

The Grouchies by Debbie Wagenbach

For those of you who have graduated to the more complex feelings of ennui, schadenfreude, and the ever-popular existential angst, Book Hunters can find some books for you, too! Just click here, tell us what you feel like reading, and we'll do the rest!