Sometimes it feels as though we spend a lot of time talking to little kids about feelings. Do we spend time talking to big kids about feelings? I've caught myself squashing the feelings of my 10 and 14 year old girls, thinking that I'll come back to that and we can talk about it at home. Big feelings are hard to handle and harder to talk about when kids get older. I find that picture books are still a simple way to open a dialog between you and these big kids.
The Rabbit Listened It's something people of all ages struggle with: what's the best way to comfort someone? How can we help a friend who is hurting?
Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur This book deals with shyness in a silly way.
I'm Sad Normalizing feelings is important, and this story does it with wit and kindness.
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo A parody of another book, this is about the love between two bunnies.
Skin Again Humans are all the same on the inside, no matter what color our skin is.
The Wonderful Things You Will Be A book about what a child will become, knowing that the child's kindness, cleverness, and boldness will shine through no matter what, as will the love they share.
Good luck out there! -Miss Emily