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4 Book Recommendations from a Children’s Therapist

By: Corrie Puscas

Emotions can be difficult to manage, especially for young children who don’t always have the language for their feelings! Books are a fantastic way to start the conversation and provide information in a fun and engaging way. I often use Bibliotherapy in my sessions with younger children and you can do this at home, too!

Here are some favorites with positive messages:

The Color Monster is a story about emotions

1. “The Color Monster” is great for kids 2 and older. It is such a fun book! It has clear definitions of major emotions and is presented in a way that children can understand. Introducing calm as an emotion is a great tool. You and your child can explore what helps them feel calm.

Ruby Finds a Worry is a story about emotions

2. “Ruby Finds A Worry” beautifully depicts what worry feels like. Children deal with different types of anxiety: separation anxiety, social anxiety and school stressors. In some situations it’s a truma that they may not be ready to talk about quite yet and that’s okay! This book teaches that sharing your worry helps to lessen the level of anxiety. Your child will relate to Ruby and take comfort in how she managed her worry.

The Rabbit Listened is a story about emotions

3. “The Rabbit Listened” is such a moving book. We as parents (and even counselors) want to fix the problem for our child. More often than not our job is to listen. Your child will relate to Taylor. We all need a rabbit sometimes and that little bit of support goes a long way.

The Ninja series is a series of children's books that help kids understand emotions

4. The “Ninja Life Hacks” series is fantastic for kids age 4 and up. They cover a variety of topics, presenting the concepts in an approachable and fun way. Be a Ninja!

We hope that you find these recommendations helpful. Please consider this a starting point for working with your child on important concepts. If you have any concerns please reach out to our team of child therapists. We want to support you and your child.

About the Author:

corrie puscas, therapist, grand rapids

With a theater and education background Corrie has a unique perspective in working with children and adolescents. Her experience with young children includes four years as a professional nanny. Corrie then taught and directed theater at the middle school level for ten years.

It was her students that inspired her to get her master’s degree in professional counseling. Corrie is passionate about supporting children, adolescents, and their families. When faced with challenges like grief, anxiety, an ADHD diagnosis, and general school struggles, Corrie will provide you with the tools you need! Not just to manage, but to thrive! Book an appointment with Corrie today!