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.

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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.

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 – hopefully a HAPPY one!!! 🙂

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.

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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.

 

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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!

Perfect Picture Book Friday – From A To Z With Energy!

Hi Everyone!

What could be better on a spring-showery Friday morning when you’re waiting for the plumber than a bright, beautiful assortment of Perfect Picture Books?

If you answered “NOTHING!” you are Correct and have just earned yourself an all-expense paid trip to the wild flower meadows of the Swiss Alps, along with back-of-the-goat-shed passes to meet the world-famous Heidi in person! (all expenses paid by you 😊)

If you answered “NOTHING! (unless that bright, beautiful assortment of Perfect Picture Books is served with a delicious chocolate snack and chocolate beverage!)” you are Doubly Bonus Correct and have proven that you and I are twins separated at birth! And, in case you’re wondering, that is a prize worth more than all the wild flowers, goats, and Heidis in Switzerland…or the WORLD! 😊

So.  While we wait for the plumber, have a look at my bright, beautiful Perfect Picture Book for today! (and a delicious chocolate snack and beverage 😊)

A to Z

Title: From A To Z With Energy

Written By: Connie Bergstein Dow

Illustrated By: Gareth Llewhellin

Free Spirit Publishing, April 9, 2019, nonfiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-8

Themes/Topics: healthy lifestyle, exercise, movement

Opening: “Time to play and have some fun,
trying new things one by one.
Are you ready? Are you set?
Let’s explore the Alphabet!

Brief Synopsis: Romp through the alphabet with creative movement and play – fun ways to get up and get moving for every letter!

Links To Resources: the back of the book has a huge amount of information on the physical, social and emotional benefits of being active, as well as pages of games and activities you can use at home and in the classroom from Alphabet Footprints to Free Dance!

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Why I Like This Book: This book is so colorful and fun!  It allows kids to practice the alphabet while seeing all the different kinds of active play they can enjoy, by themselves or with siblings or friends.  It promotes a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, showing kids (without ever mentioning electronic alternatives) how much fun there is to be had in active play.  Both the text and the illustrations are engagingly bright, and I really love the diversity represented by this group of energetic children.

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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!!! 🙂