Essential Book List: Understanding Emotions

Expressing feelings is a difficult thing to master for children. A parent’s job is to guide the child as they develop emotionally, and a wonderful way to do that is through colorful books written for the occasion.

Here are a few of Bennett Day School’s favorite stories to help little ones learn, sort out and express their feelings.


Charlotte and the Quiet Place

By Deborah Sosin

Children living in the bustling Windy City can relate to little Charlotte, a girl who struggles to find a quiet place in a world of noise. As Charlotte follows her dog through a city park, she finds what she’s looking for in the most unexpected place.


I Feel…

By DJ Corchin

This award-winning book series teaches children about all the different emotions through fun and silly illustrations. Little readers learn it’s okay to feel different things, and how to express these feelings in a variety of ways.


One of Those Days…

By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Bad day? Everyone has them. This book teaches young readers that even when things don’t go as planned, there is a brand new day waiting for them tomorrow.

Looking for more reading ideas? Check out our list of the top winter books for kids.