We’ve been spending the last week and a half on the theme ‘Friends and Feelings’. Here is our book list!
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis is a good one to cover all the feelings one can feel. It’s a good starting point for a week about feelings!
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst is a classic about the day we all sometimes experience. Some days are just plain bad and all we can do is go to bed and make sure the next day is better.
If You’re Happy and You Know It! by Jane Cabrera is one that is making it onto our favorites list. This book has most of the popular sing along song in it and a few extra special lyrics thrown in. I don’t think I know a kid who wouldn’t join in on the fun in this one!
Walter Was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger has very interesting illustrations. Each page has someone expressing a different feeling, and the expression on their face literally spells out the feeling. Take a close look at the book above – the mouth is a D, there’s a W by his eye, his eyes are an O and an E, his nose is an I, and his eyebrows are R’s. Kinda fun!
Okay, I thought I had a cautious child but her fears pale in comparison to neurotic Scaredy Squirrel’s! Perhaps that is the point of this book – to help children see that even they, no matter how many insecurities they may have, can be brave like Scaredy Squirrel. This book by Melanie Watt is a fun read.
The always terrified and super prepared Scaredy Squirrel wants to make a friend, but friends are scary!! He comes up with a safe plan to make friends with the least scary friend he can find (a goldfish) but ends up making friends with someone he didn’t expect. A good story that shows it’s good not to prejudge someone – they may end up becoming your best friend.
The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is one we’ve read many times. Mine-O-Saur is constantly taking the other dino’s toys and snacks. No one will be his friend. He does make up with them by the end. This is a good one to illustrate how friends are supposed to share with each other.
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is a story about two friends, Mouse and Rabbit. Mouse is showing Rabbit his new toy, and accident prone Rabbit creates such a mess that Mouse has to save him from some very angry animals! A cute story. This one is a Caldecott winner.
Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle is a mostly wordless book about a mouse looking for a friend. Eric Carle’s books have really grown on me. This one is captivating just like all his other books.
I have stated before how much I love Mo Willem’s stories about the two friends Elephant and Piggie. Really, pretty much all of their books would be appropriate for a ‘Friends’ week, but I picked out these two. The first, Can I Play Too? is a good one to illustrate how even if someone looks different, to give them a chance. The second, I Love My New Toy! explores the feelings one has when a favorite toy gets broken. Friends are still better than any favorite toy!
There were a few more books that were on my list but that were either already out at the library or were unavailable. They are:
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems
Words Are Not for Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick
Feelings by Aliki
The New Friend by Holly Hobbie
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni