Hello! I’ve found a very good book for helping children identify and understand their emotions! It’s called Understanding Myself: A Kid’s Guide to Intense Emotions and Strong Feelings by Dr. Mary Lamia.
Dr. Lamia is a clinical psychologist who wrote this book for children 8 years and up (parents can read the book to younger children), and it includes descriptions of emotions, explanations for why you feel them, and suggestions to help kids observe their own emotional behaviors — and the behaviors of their friends.
It’s a lively, interactive book: There are questionnaires, quotes from children talking about their own emotions, and sections that describe findings from emotion research. It’s a fun and useful book that will really help your children understand their emotions — and it will open up the discussion so that emotional awareness can become a normal part of your family’s conversations. Very nice!
People often ask me about creating a version of my book for children, or a version of the Language of Emotions Cards — and I’m thinking about it. For now, Understanding Myself is a wonderful resource, and our FREE Emotional Vocabulary List can support kids in developing a strong emotional vocabulary and a healthy sense of self-awareness.
Thank you, Dr. Lamia, for bringing empathy and accessible information about emotional awareness to a waiting world!