2019 Picture Books: Feelings and Emotions

I ran an Instagram poll this week asking which booklist you wanted to see next: Feelings or Mythical Creatures. I have to admit, I was rooting for the magical, but I stick to my word!

Social emotional learning is the process by which children understand and manage their emotions, show empathy towards others, and maintain positive relationships with the people around them. Asking children how a character feels when reading a book is a great way to help them develop these skills. Here’s some 2019 picture books that make it really easy to do just that.

See the other posts in my 2019 Picture Book series:

This might be my favourite book cover of the year. THE HAIR. THE OVERALLS.
Yay for more Todd Parr books!
Ya for even more Todd Parr books!
Okay but can we all agree that’s the cutest cactus you’ve ever seen.
Lizzy Rockwell writes amazing nonfiction that works perfect in storytime.
You go, girl.
A story about kindness and self love.
A great story about being brave and overcoming fears.
Written by a poet.
Happy girls in yellow dresses are having a year.
We’ve all been there.
I really want to know what the MM stands for.
A nervous little dog overcomes his fears.
Poor buddy.
A bad mood threatens to sweep through the whole town.
A poetic expression of love through the seasons.
Superbuns might be my new favourite nickname.
Bullies come in all shapes and sizes.
Third book in the series after I’m Bored and and I’m Sad.
I recommend all of the books in this series.
Part of his series. A lion family celebrates a new arrival.
A story of loneliness and exclusion.
A story of building confidence and getting reassurance.
I love Woodcock’s illustrations so much.
Hunger is definitely a feeling and one of the very first babies learn to communicate.
The tagline reads: Being bored has never been so much fun.
A little girl struggles with self doubt.
Frustration. Grumpiness. This bear looks like it is about to lose it.
Everyone should be able to express their emotions freely. Also works as a starting school story.
A German import about waking up on the wrong side of the bed.
Gurl, if I had your hair I’d be happy too.
This cover is everything.
Melvin has another one out this year about family.
I get asked a lot for books about worry and anxiety. Glad to have another one to recommend.
A book about grief and loss.
Feeling left out is no fun at all.
A perfect introduction to Norse mythology.
Did anyone else think that was Charlie Brown on the cover?
A girl uses art to deal with anxiety.
You go, Mousie!
Written by a psychologist to help kids battle negative thoughts.
The Beatles are back, baby.
A story about facing your monsters.
Do you see the butterfly wings?!
A sequel to the title character.
I sang this title to the tune of “Fear the Reaper” and that says a lot about me.
A bluebird narrates their year and all the things that bring them joy.
Includes 12 sayings of affirmation.
Waiting is such a key part of learning to be a kid. Can’t believe there aren’t more books about it!
*heart eye emojis*

Which ones are you most looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “2019 Picture Books: Feelings and Emotions

  1. Wow, such great colorful covers! Thanks for this roundup, I appreciate it!

  2. I’m so excited about these! Good ‘feelings’ books are worth their weight in gold. In the future, would you be able to include release dates? That would be super helpful if it wasn’t too much trouble for you!

    1. I initially thought about including release dates, but then I kept coming across different dates for Canada and the U.S. and decided it was too much work to look up both and list both. I also have a fair amount of viewers from the U.K. I know it’s kind of a hassle to look them up yourself, but the list is the best that I can do with the time that I have 🙂

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