A little while back I shared my must-have books for your toddler’s library. Toddlers may be little people, but they sure can feel some big emotions. What’s more, they cannot yet navigate these strong feelings on their own. Because every child is different, caregivers and parents can find the coaching process challenging and downright frustrating. It’s no secret that caring for kids isn’t easy, but the fact that toddlers struggle at communicating can make the most common activities a real struggle. Daycare drop off, not getting their way – you guys know what I’m talking about.
The tears, the tantrums, the asking yourself about the fine line between the too late for coffee too early for wine cut off. And then the guilt. Maybe you snap, too. And then you feel terrible as you wonder how you are supposed to teach a toddler how to keep his cool when you barely have your crap together. I put together a list of books about emotions for toddlers to help.
In my years working with kids I’ve seen it ALL, and I mean all. I must say toddlers can be the most challenging age group, but are also the most fun. At this age, everything you do is golden, and any amount of love you give will be returned ten times over. This is where books can play a powerful role. Reading with your toddler can be theraputic on its own – the snuggles, the giggles, the sleepy faces. Add a purpose and books can take on a whole other meaning.
I put together a list of my favorite books about emotions for toddlers. Either I own these books in our playroom and nursery libraries or I have used them in my previous teaching career. Each one caters towards a different need.
I thought of some of the biggest toddler (and parent/caregiver) stressors I’ve experienced and shared a book for each one. This list of books about emotions for toddlers can go on and on! If you are struggling with an aspect of childcare, please do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment requesting suggestions and I will be happy to help!
The simple illustrations and fun text make this a daily must read to lift the spirits of children. He combines big feelings with goofy feelings to lighten any situation.
In my experience, kids can’t help but smile when sharing this story. The silly pictures, witty rhyming, and twirly writing makes for tons of fun.
This book celebrates and recognizes all types of families and can be a great tool for children who feel different based on who they live with.
Reading this story with a caregiver upon daycare drop off can help work through those icky “don’t leave me” feelings.
Helps littles starting school work through missing their parents.
As adults, we’ve all been there. That craptastic day and the funk you just can’t get out of. Sometimes, toddlers feel it too and this book speaks to those emotions.
Great read if you are facing those early morning battles about getting ready to leave the house when you are running late for work. Make this story part of the bedtime routine and get kids excited for the next morning’s independence.
Interrupting can be a real struggle for toddlers, especially when they are feeling their needs are not met quickly enough. This silly book gives a fun strategy for trapping those words before they come out.
A great read with the child who demonstrates signs of anxiety.
Oh, the anal retentive toddler who has mega poop anxiety. The struggle can be SO real and frustrating for parents, caregivers, and the child. For the little one, this feeling can be huge as well as all-consuming. Incorporating this story into potty training can help ease the anxiety.