I’m always looking for new books to read to my students. I’ve recently been on the hunt for books to help my students with being able to regulate their bodies. A librarian friend of mine found a good stash of new books at our school about this topic and I wanted to share them with you!
Emotions are hard to describe and often I find that books are the best way for students to understand that others have emotions. I hope you find this list to be of use with your students! Please note, Amazon affiliate links are contained in this post, purely for your convenience, if you want to pick up a copy for yourself.
HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY I’M MAD?
By: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
This book is fantastic at exploring different types of negative behavior and then simple ways we can solve problems if we make those mistakes. Dinosaurs are often easily relatable for little children and so many of my students love these books.
By: Jeremy Tankard
Grumpy Bird wakes up in a very grumpy mood. It takes a while, but his friends help him by being there for him and by not ignoring him. He learns that his friends can help him feel better!
By: Claire Messer
Grumpy penguin uses a variety of different strategies to try to feel better. None of them work. He ends up discovering a few relaxing strategies and finds a few of his favorite things which gives him a positive outlook for tomorrow being a better day.
OH NO, GEORGE!
By: Chris Haughton
George really wants to make good choices but sometimes that is hard to do even when he really wants to make good choices. This book provides an easily relatable story for children to see that temptation can be hard to overcome but we can do it!
THE LOUD BOOK!
By: Deborah Underwood
Do your students understand what is loud? This book reminds students in a variety of different ways that they could possibly have heard loud noises in their lives in a socially acceptable manner. This book is simple for young children to understand and is a quick read.
I SPEAK DINOSAUR!
B: Jed Henry
Do your students have trouble knowing how dinosaurs behave? Do they have too much energy and play in destructive ways? This book may be just right for them as they learn socially acceptable ways play dinosaur without scaring others around them.
WAITING IS NOT EASY
By: Mo Willems
Piggy has a surprise for Elephant. Elephant isn’t sure waiting for this surprise is worth it. Curiosity gets the better half of Elephant in the end. Check this book out to find out if he enjoys the surprise!
HOWARD B. WIGGLEBOTTOM LEARNS TO LISTEN
By: Howard Binkow
Howard really struggles to listen while he is at school and follow the classroom routines. Discover what happens to Howard as a result in this story! Will he end up making good choices in the end?
By: Julia Cook This book is fun and engaging book for students in grade one and up who are learning about the different volumes of their voices. It makes it easy for students to understand what different volumes sound like at distances and when it is okay to talk in these different ways. It is a bit wordy for kindergarten students but could be simplified by the teacher to make it K friendly.
NONI SAYS NO
By: Heather Hartt-Sussman
Noni has trouble saying no to anyone. Even when she wants too. Discover what it takes for Noni to learn that if she says no she will not hurt her friends’ feelings. This book could easily help teachers to discuss pent up emotions and how it is important to say what you mean and mean what you say!
TUMFORDS RUDE NOISES
By: Nancy Tillman
Tumford has a lot of fun making lots of rude noises. In a “cat-friendly” way children learn about a variety of different bodily functions and that they do occur but are not welcome by others in public.