Perfect Picture Book Friday – I’m Happy-Sad Today

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday, everyone!

Get out whatever you make lists with (I still use scrap paper and a pen, but I’m old-fashioned that way 😊) so you can prepare for your weekly trip to the library! 😊

I have a very helpful book to share today.  I hope you like it!

Happy Sad

Title: I’m Happy Sad Today: Making Sense of Mixed-Together Feelings

Written By: Lory Britain

Illustrated By: Matthew Rivera

Free Spirit Publishing, April 9, 2019, fact-based fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-8

Themes/Topics: feelings/emotions

Opening: “Sometimes I just feel happy . . . that’s all!
I feel the “noisy, giggly, jump and run” kind of happy.

Brief Synopsis: Sometimes we feel just plain happy or sad, excited or scared, but emotions don’t always come in tidy, neatly-labeled boxes.  Lots of times what we experience are a mix of feelings, which can conflict or confuse.  The little girl in this story works through her layered emotions to conclude that all her feelings are okay, and it’s okay to have more than one at a time.

Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 9.14.02 PM

text copyright Lory Britain 2019, illustration copyright Matthew Rivera 2019


Links To Resources: the back of the book is a wonderful resource, including material on How To Read This Book With Children, and Strategies For Supporting Children’s Social-Emotional Development both aimed toward adults, as well as Using Words With Friends, Pretending With Animals, Dolls, or Little Figures, Dancing and Movement, Making Up Words, Twirling Feeling Faces, Puppet of Many Feelings, Basket of Cards, Story and Discussion Starters, Making Music from Feelings, and Other Feelings Activities.  This book would pair nicely with Danielle Dufayet’s picture book YOU ARE YOUR STRONG.


Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 9.11.54 PM

text copyright Lory Britain 2019, illustration copyright Matthew Rivera 2019


Why I Like This Book: It can be hard for kids to identify and articulate what they are feeling, and this can lead to frustration and misunderstanding.  This book with its bright, warm art, diverse characters, and many familiar, child-friendly situations will give kids a vocabulary and a strategy for understanding and expressing what they’re feeling as well as show them clearly that they are not alone in their emotions.  A lovely book that all little ones will relate to, especially helpful for those who struggle with their feelings.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 😊 I am happy-excited – happcited? 😊 – for this weekend’s graduation celebration!

9 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – I’m Happy-Sad Today

  1. Sarah Tobias says:

    I laughed when I opened your post to find you chose a story about dealing with emotions too. Maybe it’s the fickle finger of spring weather causing our moods to shift and sway all over the place.

    This looks like a great book to put in the emotions collection. Thanks for sharing it.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s