Perfect Picture Book Friday – 1-2-3 My Feelings And Me

It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, and now that we’re about a month into school, today seems like a good time to talk about feelings.

While many kids will have adjusted smoothly to their new classrooms, classmates, teachers, and daily routines, others will not have had such an easy time.  And all children – those who take most things in stride and those who struggle a bit more – have a wide range of emotions they need to learn to manage.

The book I’ve chosen today should be helpful in that process!

1 2 3 My Feelings And Me

Title: 1-2-3 My Feelings And Me

Written By: Goldie Millar and Lisa A. Berger

Illustrated By: Priscilla Burris

Free Spirit Publishing, November 12 2019, nonfiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-8

Themes/Topics: identifying and coping with emotions

Opening: “Everyone everywhere has all kinds of feelings – just like me.
And me!
What about you?
There are many different feelings and many things to know about them.
Let’s count our way through the 1-2-3’s of feelings together!

Brief Synopsis: This nonfiction look at feelings helps children learn to identify and cope with a wide range of emotions while reassuring them that while some feelings are more pleasant than others, all feelings are okay, and everyone has them.

Links To Resources: the whole book is a resource, from the explanations provided within the text to the “Letter To Caring Adults” at the beginning to the extensive back matter which includes a lengthy guide to Talking About Feelings And What To Do With Them with discussion topics and activities.


text copyright Goldie Millar & Lisa A. Berger 2019, illustration copyright Priscilla Burris 2019  Free Spirit Publishing

Why I Like This Book: Emotions can be difficult for children.  (Let’s be honest – they can be difficult for adults! 🙂 )  This straightforward approach to describing feelings both in terms of how they make our minds feel as well as the affect they can have on the body (making you feel hot or shaky etc.) along with the reassurance that everything a child feels is normal and experienced by everyone will be very useful in helping children learn to understand and manage their emotions.  With it’s warm, friendly art and cast of diverse characters, every child will find it relatable.  Although it’s not a story, it’s a book that will come in very handy for lots and lots of children, especially those who may struggle with emotional equilibrium.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone – hopefully a HAPPY one!!! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – 1-2-3 My Feelings And Me

  1. Maria Marshall (@MariaMarshall_) says:

    Your review makes me curious about this book. It could be a great resource for many teachers and parents. I hope my library has or will get a copy. Thanks for highlighting it. It would be interesting to read in combination with Danielle Dufayet’s “You Are Your Strong” & “Fantastic You” and Pat Zietlow Miller’s “Remarkable You.”

  2. Sue Heavenrich says:

    Emotions can be tough for kids of all ages, even those of us in our (OK, not even gonna say….) Great choice. Thanks for sharing.

  3. viviankirkfield says:

    What a wonderful idea for a book for kids…and I love that it is so inviting to both parent and child to use as a discussion tool. Engaging illustrations also. Happy October, Susanna!

  4. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    Another book I wish existed when I was a child, along with books like Wemberly Worried. So many more tools for parents and kids to use to help work through tough emotions. And as I add my book to today’s list, I am reminded of the vast range of picture books that fill our shelves, from serious and important to the ridiculous and fun—but no less important in the eyes of a child.

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