Topic Books about Feelings & Emotions for children in Early Years and KS1

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

In My Heart explores emotions - happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness and more. Unlike other feelings books that tend to oversimplify, In My Heart lyrically explains what an emotion feels like inside. 

The Colour Monster

by Anna Llenas

One day, Colour Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through colour. 


The Cloud 

by Hannah Cummings

Everyone has bad days, and children are no exception. When a black cloud descends on a little girl at school, support from a classmate with a great deal of imagination helps to brighten up everyone’s lives. 


Seeds and Trees: A children's book about the power of words by Brandon Walden

Words are powerful. They can hurt or they can heal. Seeds and Trees revels in the power of words. It explores their effects on feelings and emotions. And it does so through the journey of two very different seeds...



The Tear Thief 

by Carol Ann Duffy

Each night, the Tear Thief carries her waterproof sack as she steals the tears of every child who cries. But what does she do with all those tears? This beautifully illustrated story offers a thought-provoking message and a starting point for sharing children's emotional responses.

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The Heart in a Bottle

by Oliver Jeffers

Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder…Then one day something happened that made the girl take her heart and put it in a safe place. After that it seemed that the world was emptier than before. But would she know how to get her heart back?


On Sudden Hill 

by Linda Sarah

Birt and Etho are best friends. But when a new boy, Shu, wants to join in too, Birt is eaten up with jealousy. That is until Etho and Shu come to his house with the most marvellous cardboard creation so far. A compelling story about jealousy and accepting someone new.


by Libby Walden

Explore a world of emotions with this stunning peep-through picture book. The enchanting illustrations and the lyrical text make each and every feeling come to life to help children understand the emotions they experience.

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Today I Feel...

by Madalena Moniz

Beautifully illustrated in subtle watercolours, this book follows a child through a whole range of emotions, from adored to curious to strong. Not all of the emotions are positive and not all of them are simple, but they are all honest and worthy of discussion with a young child.


Mr Big 

by Ed Vere

Mr Big is strong, Mr Big is tough, Mr Big is...BIG! He has just one small problem - because of the way he looks he just can't get people to stick around and feels terribly lonely. How can he show them that although he may look a little scary, he is just a great big softy inside?


Ruby's Worry 

by Tom Percival

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?

Max the Brave

by Ed Vere

Max is Brave, Max is Fearless, Max is a Mouse-catcher...But, in order to be a Mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is! This hilarious new book introduces a new and lovable character, with Ed Vere's trademark bold illustrations and clever story.


My Mouth is a Volcano 

by Julia Cook

All of Louis's thoughts are very important, but sometime they erupt from his mouth like a volcano! An empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting that teaches children a technique to capture their thoughts to share at an appropriate time. 

Worries Go Away 

by Kes Gray

When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola but soon the worries begin to take hold... Only her family and friends can help. A comforting and compelling story about worries and self-esteem.


Words and Your Heart

by Kate Jane Neal 

A very timely book about the power of words – and how we use them. Told through the eyes of Pip and Cat, this book beautifully demonstrates the importance of what we say – both positive and negative. An excellent tool for the classroom.

The Huge Bag of Worries

by Virginia Ironside

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she goes to the toilet! Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her?


You, Me and Empathy 

by Jayneen Sanders

This charming story follows Quinn, who shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others. This book explores how showing empathy is a learnt trait, and one to nurture and cherish with the children in our care.


by Louise Greig 

Ed's bad mood begins as something really small. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town.Can Ed sweep his troubles away? A perfect story for helping children learn to recognise and deal with big emotions.


The Invisible Boy 

by Trudy Ludwig

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody seems to notice him or think to include him. But when Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when they team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine. A story of kindness and empowerment.

Silly Limbic: A Tale of Bravery

by Naomi Harvey 

A lovely tale about a boy and his invisible guard dog who tries to keep him safe - but doesn't always do a good job! Told in rhyming text, this book can be the perfect tool to help inspire little minds to take charge of their feelings.


Get Me Out of this Book

by Deborah Cholette

Max is a scaredy-cat bookmark until he learns 3 rules for being brave--breathe deeply, make a plan, and think positive thoughts! This humorous story introduces children to mindfulness, self-regulation and self-control for dealing with stress and overcoming fear.

A Book of Feelings

by Amanda McCardie

Sam and Kate know what makes them happy. But they don’t feel happy all the time, sometimes they feel grumpy, embarrassed, shy, nervous, frightened, sad and jealous. This book shows how emotions can escalate and how people can help each other. 

Shy  by Deborah Freedman

Shy loves birds, but he's only ever read about them - until a real bird comes along! He's dying to meet her, but there's just one problem: Shy is, well, shy--so shy, in fact, that he's afraid to leave the gutter of the book. Can Shy overcome his fears and venture out onto the page?

Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud

by Katie Harnett

Everyone loves the sunshine, except the lonely raincloud. No one wants to be his friend! But one day, he stumbles across a grumpy little florist. Could she be looking for a friend too? In this charming tale, a solitary raincloud finds a way to make a sad little girl happy again.


Bob's Blue Period  

by Marion Deuchars

Bob loves to paint pictures with his best friend Bat. But one day, Bat goes away and Bob is sad. He tries to paint, but everything he paints is blue. Can his friends help him to find his bright colours again? A charming book about feeling sad, expressing your emotions and ways to feel better.


Augustus and his Smile 

by Catherine Rayner

Augustus the tiger was sad. He had lost his smile. So he did a huge tigery stretch, and set off to find it. In this book, the author and illustrator Catherine Rayner celebrates the beauty of the world and the simple happiness it brings us when we open our eyes to it.


When Sadness Comes to Call

by Eva Eland

When Sadness arrives, try not to be afraid: give it a name, listen to it and spend some time together. Maybe all it wants is to know that it’s welcome. This beautiful book takes a poignant but uplifting look at dealing with uncomfortable emotions.


How Are You Feeling Today?

by Molly Potter

Children have strong feeling and they can't always handle them very well. Perfect for sharing, How Are You Feeling Today? is packed with fun, imaginative ways to help children understand and cope with a whole range of different emotions. 


Captain Starfish by Davina Bell

Alfie wants to participate in all the fun activities, like going to a party or leading a school parade, but his shyness limits him. That is until a revelation at the aquarium helps him to realise he can find a happy medium between hiding away and being the star. A gentle, thought-provoking book for any child with social anxiety.