Gift Guide: For Kids With Big Feelings

 

Being young comes with complicated emotions. Big feelings are natural, and books can help the kids in your life navigate them.

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Harbor Me By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525515142
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 21st, 2020

Recommended for middle grade readers (10+ years old).

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat--by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for A Room to Talk), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them--everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.


The Sour Cherry Tree By Naseem Hrab, Nahid Kazemi (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Naseem Hrab, Nahid Kazemi (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771474146
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Published: Owlkids - October 15th, 2021

Recommended for early readers (4-8 years old).

After her grandfather's death, a young girl explores her Baba Bazorg's house. As the girl wanders through the house, almost idly, her Baba Bazorg's house stands in for the man himself, with each object she describes standing as a touchstone to a memory, and each memory serving as a window into the relationship between the child and her grandfather. As she looks through its rooms, the things she sees and the object she touches bring to life memories of the man she knew, and also the man she didn't know.


My Life in the Fish Tank By Barbara Dee Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534432345
Availability: Backordered
Published: Aladdin - November 2nd, 2021

Recommended for middle grade readers (9-12 years old).

When twelve-year-old Zinnia Manning's older brother Gabriel is diagnosed with a mental illness, the family's world is turned upside down. Mom and Dad want Zinny, her sixteen-year-old sister, Scarlett, and her eight-year-old brother, Aiden, to keep Gabriel's condition "private"--and to Zinny that sounds the same as "secret." Which means she can't talk about it with her two best friends, who don't understand why Zinny keeps pushing them away, turning everything into a joke.

It also means she can't talk about it during Lunch Club, a group run by the school guidance counselor. How did Zinny get stuck in this weird club, anyway? She certainly doesn't have anything in common with these kids--and even if she did, she'd never betray her family's secret.

The only good thing about school is science class, where cool teacher Ms. Molina has them doing experiments on crayfish. And when Zinny has the chance to attend a dream marine biology camp for the summer, she doesn't know what to do. How can Zinny move forward when Gabriel--and, really, her whole family--still needs her help?


Patchwork By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Matt de la Peña, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984813961
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

Recommended for early readers (4-8 years old).

In profound, uplifting verse and sumptuous artwork, beloved creators Matt de la Peña and Corinna Luyken explore the endless possibilities each child contains: A young dancer may grow into a computer coder; a basketball player might become a poet; a class clown may one day serve as an inspiring teacher; and today's quiet empath might be tomorrow's great leader. Here's a profound and uplifting new classic with an empowering message for readers of all ages: Your story is still being written.


I Like This, You Like That By Linda Ashman, Eve Coy (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Linda Ashman, Eve Coy (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419750892
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - April 19th, 2022

Recommended for early readers (3-5 years old).

A rhyming friendship story told in two voices, this picture book follows two children as they try to discover what they have in common, from favorite toys to shaggy dogs to pizza toppings. With its gentle message and dynamic illustrations, this sweet story is sure to resonate with young readers.


Leo + Lea By Monica Wesolowska, Kenard Pak (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Monica Wesolowska, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338302875
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 2nd, 2022

Recommended for early readers (4-8 years old).

This beautiful friendship story, inspired by the Fibonacci sequence and cleverly constructed using its mathematical pattern, celebrates our differences, as well as how math connects us to one another.

Young readers will love counting the number of words per page and discovering how they echo the Fibonacci Sequence, a mathematical series in which each number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on to infinity! Text and art are masterfully conceived and constructed to reflect Leo's love of numbers. Even the color scheme in the striking illustrations follows a mathematical progression, bringing an underlying order and tranquility to the story. The mesmerizing symmetry of this fascinating and compulsively playable game of addition can also be found in the natural world and is an intriguing metaphor for the interconnectedness of all things.


Jenny Mei Is Sad By Tracy Subisak Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316537711
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 15th, 2021

Recommended for early readers (4-7 years old).

My friend Jenny Mei is sad. But you might not be able to tell.

Jenny Mei still smiles a lot. She makes everyone laugh. And she still likes blue Popsicles the best. But, her friend knows that Jenny Mei is sad, and does her best to be there to support her.

This beautifully illustrated book is perfect for introducing kids to the complexity of sadness, and to show them that the best way to be a good friend, especially to someone sad, is by being there for the fun, the not-fun, and everything in between.


Milo Is Missing Something By Vern Kousky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593173428
Availability: Backordered
Published: Random House Studio - May 25th, 2021

Recommended for early readers (3-7 years old).

Come along with Milo, a small yellow octopus, as he hatches from his egg and begins to explore the vast ocean. He's sure he's missing something, but he can't quite figure out what it could be. And so he sets off on an ocean adventure, swimming way down deep to explore sunken shipwrecks and traveling from shore to shore, befriending polar bears and jellyfish along the way.

Eventually, Milo is too tired to search any longer and falls asleep on the ocean floor. Young ocean fans will love this simple aquatic mystery and delight in the big reveal of what he's been missing--his family!


Will We Always Hold Hands? By Christopher Cheng, Stephen Michael King (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593564509
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Published: Random House Studio - November 1st, 2022

Recommended for early readers (4-8 years old).

There are some things that only a best friend can do--hold your hand when reading a scary story, carry you safely across a river, bandage your hurts, say it's okay if you're grouchy, and best of all, forever hold you in their heart.

Through a series of questions and answers, Bear tells his friend Rat that best friends will always be together, in rain or shine, in good times and bad, forever and ever.


Will It Be Okay? By Crescent Dragonwagon, Jessica Love (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781951836504
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Published: Cameron Kids - September 6th, 2022

Recommended for early readers (4-8 years old).

In this beautiful new edition of a timeless picture book classic, a child asks, Will it be okay? That bee sting, that thunderstorm, those powerful feelings, losing a loved one. Author Crescent Dragonwagon and Julián Is a Mermaid illustrator Jessica Lovepair up in this powerful new edition of a classic picture book that asks a tough question and answers it with humanity, humor, and grace. Will it be okay? Yes--yes, it will.


If You Cry like a Fountain By Noemi Vola Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735270503
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Published: Tundra Books - August 9th, 2022

Recommended for early readers (3-7 years old).

In an attempt to cheer up a sad-looking worm, a narrator makes things worse by causing the worm to cry. But in the process of trying to make the sobbing worm feel better, the narrator starts to think of the various ways tears can be used productively.
For example, if you're sad around lunchtime, cry until you fill a pot with your tears and boil pasta -- you won't even need to season with salt! Crying can be used to dilute paint, and with paint, you can make beautiful art. Crying also serves lots of different purposes. Without tears, the rivers would dry up. Clouds would keep getting bigger and bigger. And crying also helps the pears to grow, and with pears, you can make jam. Jam makes people happy, and can help staunch the flow of tears... at least until the jam runs out!


Sometimes I Grumblesquinch (A Big Feelings Book) By Rachel Vail, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rachel Vail, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338751161
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Published: Orchard Books - August 16th, 2022

Recommended for early readers (4-8 years old).

Katie Honors is a really nice kid. But there's one little secret that sometimes makes her feel not-so-nice deep inside: her little brother, Chuck. Katie loves her brother and works hard to be the perfect big sister but it can be hard. Chuck can sometimes be just so icky and messy. Sometimes it makes Katie secretly wish she had a trampoline or a treehouse or a giraffe instead of a brother. When all these emotions bubble up to the surface, Katie can no longer grumblesquinch them down. She explodes, but she also learns an important lesson: that there's room for ALL of her feelings, even the scary ones.

Sometimes I Grumblesquinch masterfully explores the pressure children often feel to be perfect all the time and helps them realize that it's okay to share frustrating, and at times, not-so-nice thoughts and seek comfort from adults to help them manage those feelings. This story explores key social emotional skills that kids need to navigate complicated feelings, and will live alongside bestsellers like When Sophie Gets Really Really Angry and How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad. Once again, Rachel Vail taps into universal childhood experiences that are often left unexplored, and does so with sensitivity, humor, and respect for the wide range of emotions kids face today.


So Many Feelings By Larissa Honsek Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781641706490
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Published: Familius - August 2nd, 2022

Recommended for toddlers (2-4 years old).

Stella Díaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Díaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely.

When a new boy arrives in Stella's class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which makes her turn roja. Plus, she has to speak in front of her whole class for a big presentation at school! But she better get over her fears soon, because Stella Díaz has something to say!