Building Early Language Skills

10 Essential Children’s Books for Building Social-Emotional Skills

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Emotional regulation and social problem solving are vital skills that emerge during early childhood and are linked to the ability to relate successfully with others. Help your child begin to recognize and label the range of emotions he experiences each day by including these books in his reading rotation.

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberly

Glad Monster, Sad Monster is a classic & well-loved book about feelings.  Take turns trying on the monster masks included with the book and exploring feelings in a fun & engaging way.  A must-have book for your child’s library.


My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

This wonderful, rhyming book provides a natural opportunity for parents & teachers to explore feelings with toddlers and preschoolers. Pair My Many Colored Days with a set of bright colorful scarves to stimulate your child’s senses, encourage movement, and reinforce the new vocabulary & social-emotional concepts introduced in this fabulous book.


 When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry…by Molly Bang

Dealing with anger in a socially appropriate way can be a particularly difficult skill for toddlers & young preschoolers.  When Sophie Gets Angry-Really Really Angry… is a fabulous book for exploring the feeling of anger and facilitating discussion about constructive ways to handle this powerful & challenging emotion.



Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis

This silly & fun little rhyming book helps children & parents explore the many feelings that naturally arise in the craziness of day-to-day life.


The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

The Way I Feel explores a variety of basic & complex emotions & is a fabulous choice for helping preschool children learn to express their emotions with words.  Well worth adding to your child’s book collection.


When I Feel Angry by Cornelia Maude Spelman

Anger can be a scary and difficult emotion for children & their parents to understand and respond to constructively.  When I Feel Angry helps children understand this complex emotion and learn ways to deal with it in a more positive way  An excellent resource for educators, parents and caregivers.


 On Monday When It Rained by Cheryl Kachenmeister

On Monday When It Rained pairs real pictures with words to label a range of emotions experienced by a little boy on a typical day. A fabulous addition to your preschooler’s book collection.


Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner

Lots of Feelings is a great little book that uses real photographs to depict a broad range of emotions.  Perfect for sharing in a classroom with a group of children or at home with a parent.


Sometimes I Feel Like a Storm Cloud by Lezlie Evans

A little girl describes the everyday ups and downs of childhood in a story that is relatable for children and adults.  A great book to spark a discussion about feelings with young children.


 Feelings by Aliki

How do you feel today?  Happy, sad, silly, excited, or frustrated?  Help your child learn the feeling words associated with her emotions by sharing this whimsical book with your preschooler.


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