Monday, 25 May 2020 How to use picture books to help children express their emotions

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As adults, we sometimes forget that young children experience the same feelings we do, but that they may find it difficult to express those emotions with words. That is why picture books that explore children's emotions can be very beneficial to opening a dialogue with children about how they are feeling. Picture books can provide children with the language to express themselves, to validate their emotions, and encourage an appropriate response to those emotions.

To help spark a conversation, we publish wonderful picture books that discuss a wide range of emotions children might be feeling and difficult situations they may be experiencing. We also have picture books that can start important conversations about Bible stories and questions children might have about the world around them.

Picture books that discuss emotions:

Ages 3+:

Are You Sad, Little Bear?

A book about learning to say goodbye

Rachel Rivett, Tina Macnaughton

Grandmother Bear has gone for ever, and Little Bear is feeling sad. This charmingly illustrated picture book will help young children in times of bereavement, loss or change, gently exploring the reasons for saying goodbye and giving reassurance that goodbye doesn't mean the end of things.

The Biggest Thing in the World

Kenneth Steven, Melanie Mitchell

A heart-warming picture book about a little polar bear cub exploring the world with his mother. He discovers many huge and wonderful things but in answer to the question, 'is that the biggest thing in the world?' The answer is always, 'no.' At the end of the day, little bear wants to know what the biggest thing really is — and with his mother's help, he finds that it is love.


The tale of a meerkat lost and found

Sarah J. Dodd, Giusi Capizzi

Miki is a baby meerkat who lives with his Mama in a zoo. He's happy at home with Mama and the kind keeper who cares for them, but soon he becomes curious about the wider world. One day, Miki ventures a bit too far out into the world, and he's not sure where he is anymore. Will he ever find his way home?

Just Like You

Miki the Meerkat makes a friend

Sarah J. Dodd, Giusi Capizzi

When a new family moves in next door, Miki hopes for a friend to play with. But the new arrival is different to Miki in every way. However, Miki and Raffa the giraffe soon realize that for every physical difference between them, there's a similarity and compatibility in what they both enjoy, and seeing from the world from someone else's point of view might be fun after all.

Just Because

Rebecca Elliott

This heartwarming picture book about being perfectly loved, no matter what, tells of a brother's love for his sister. Only as his tale unfolds does the reader begin to realize that his sister has special needs... and by then, we just accept as he does all the wonderful things about her. This amusing and often touching story encompasses the issue of disability in a charming celebration of sibling friendship to which all children can relate.


Rebecca Elliott

Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her, even when her disability means she has to go to hospital again. When Clemmie has to go to hospital, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together, they make hospital a much better place.

Picture books that discuss Bible stories:

Albert and the Good Sister

The Story of Moses in the Bulrushes

Richard Littledale, Heather Heyworth

A heart-felt Bible story about Miriam watching over her baby brother, who would later become Moses, the leader of a nation. Her quick thinking when the Pharaoh's daughter pulls the basket he is in out of the River Nile saves his life. Maybe being a big sister to a baby isn't so bad!

Albert and the Flour Sack

A Story about Elijah's Visit

Richard Littledale, Heather Heyworth

A warm-hearted Old Testament Bible story about Joe, who will never forget the day that Elijah came to visit. The cupboards were empty and his mother only had a last bit of flour and a few drops of oil. Sharing their last loaves with Elijah was to change their lives.

Albert and The Big Boat

A Noah's Ark Story

Richard Littledale, Heather Heyworth

Join a family of mice as they gather around Albert, an elderly mouse, to hear the story of Noah and the animals that came to the Ark. Stunning illustrations bring to life the excitement and the adventure of God's Great Flood.

Albert and the Slingshot

The Story of David and Goliath

Richard Littledale, Heather Heyworth

An action-packed Bible story about David, the shepherd boy who becomes a nation's hero. Stunning illustrations bring to life the excitement and the adventure of David's day on the battle field, bravely facing Goliath.

Picture books that discuss the world around us:

Our brand new God Made series encourages young children to explore and discover more about the world around them, and tells them about the loving God who made it all. Scientific ideas about how everything came to be are simply explained through the lively narrative and amazing illustrations, leaving children full of wonder at God’s creativity, love, and power. With input from The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and fun experiments for curious young scientists to try, this series is an ideal way to help children engage with and celebrate God and His universe.

Check out some of the great titles in the God Made series below.

God Made Animals

Steph Bryant, Lizzie Henderson

God has given us lots of clues about how He made animals. This is how we think He did it. Discover how all living things have their own special pattern hidden inside them. Follow the amazing processes of how our world became filled with wonderful creatures.

God Made Space

Steph Bryant, Lizzie Henderson

God has given us lots of clues about how He made space. This is how we think He did it. Discover how the wonders of the universe were made, beginning with a huge explosion. Follow the process of how stars, asteroids, comets, moons and planets were formed.

God Made the World

Steph Bryant, Lizzie Henderson

God has given us lots of clues about how He made the world. This is how we think He did it. Discover how our world was made, beginning with His amazing stars. Follow the process of how Earth was formed and filled with amazing life.