So yesterday I blogged about my favorite parenting book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
and thought why not talk about my favorite children's book? Now, I have a ton of favorite cute children's story books like Kiss Goodnight, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Goodnight Moon, etc. but my favorite feeling story book is Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis.
There are A LOT of counseling children's books out there and some of the titles are so straightforward it's ridiculously funny: My Dad's in Jail, Teeth Are Not For Biting, Heather Has Two Mommies, Did My First Mommy Love Me?, Daddy Has a New Roomate, etc. And there are a lot of feelings books and other touchy feely books out there, but Today I Feel Silly is just plain cute!
It's a story that talks about all the different feelings you can have and sends the message that all feelings are good feelings, even negative ones like anger.
Here are a few verses from the story:
"Moods are just something that happen each day. Whatever I'm feeling inside is okay!"
"Today I am quiet, my mom understands. She gave me two ice creams and then we held hands."
It even has a little feelings wheel at the end where you can pick the feeling your child feels at the moment! And, the best part about it is that it doesn't feel like a forced book to get your kids to talk about feelings. But it is a great way to get them to start thinking about using feeling words and introducing them without hearing, "Mom, I don't want to talk about it!" :)