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A couple of years ago I shared two books with you that Katie Flanagan had launched to help children understand their emotions. The Feelings Journal and What Am I Feeling? Defining Emotions books are such fantastic resources for any family home or anywhere care is given to children. Now, Katie has launched a new book – What Else Am I Feeling? that I am so excited to share with you.

Help Children To Understand How They're Feeling - And Win!

What Else Am I Feeling? Defining More Emotions is a great follow on from Katie’s award winning What Am I Feeling? book. What Else Am I Feeling? helps children to further extend the vocabulary linked to the emotions they’re likely to experience in their childhood and beyond.

The book starts with a foreword introducing children to the concept of the book and it’s clear that you don’t need to have read Katie’s first book to get something from the new title.

Help Children To Understand How They're Feeling - And Win!

The foreword explains that feelings come and go, some are good feelings and some are uncomfortable but they’re all natural and normal. Plus, the thing with all feelings is that often, by talking about them, it makes them easier to deal with or helps us find a solution to our problems.

The book isn’t just for children though. It helps adults to expand a child’s knowledge, understanding and vocabulary around a wide range of emotions. There’s a dedicated foreword for adults too, explaining why talking about such a vast range of emotions is important, the impact feelings can have on mental health in children and the importance of helping to validate a child’s feelings and give them the space and time to talk about them.

Help Children To Understand How They're Feeling - And Win!

What Else Am I Feeling? talks about so many emotions – love, frustration, guilt, confidence, indecision, disgust etc. Each emotion is really beautifully illustrated with a likely facial expression that shows the emotion and also a picture of a situation where you could feel that emotion too.

There are examples of other words for the same emotion – frustrated, annoyed, irritated – and the text in the book explains more about each feeling and when you might feel it in a really child friendly way.

Help Children To Understand How They're Feeling - And Win!

All of the text in the book is written in concise sentences with wording that even young children will understand. The pictures in the book help to illustrate the emotions so well that even children who can’t read would be able to understand the emotions shown on each page.

The book has a really gentle approach with warm illustrations. It aims to help provide an opportunity for adults to open up discussions with children about a wider variety of feelings in a calm, non-intrusive way as well as helping children to understand and explain how they’re feeling.

Help Children To Understand How They're Feeling - And Win!

This book would be a fantastic resource for any family or even used in a school environment. If your child finds it hard to express how they’re feeling then a book like this gives them an opportunity to look through at the pictures and see if they can relate to any of the emotions shown, giving how they’re feeling a name, helping them to take ownership of it and deal with it too.

LP and Little Man have both really enjoyed using What Else Am I Feeling? at home. It’s really helped them to talk about their feeling and at those times where we’ve asked them what’s wrong, and they’d ordinarily say ‘I don’t know’, they can now explain how they’re feeling much more easily.

You can find out more about What Else Am I Feeling? over on Amazon.

Help Children To Understand How They're Feeling - And Win!

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  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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34 Comments

  1. My daughter can struggle with expressing her feelings, she has sensory processing difference, So findings things that can help her are always a bonus

  2. I think my youngest would really benefit from this book. He does enjoy school but he’s so scared about going back to school.

  3. Love to win for my grandchildren, it would help them express their feelings which isn’t always easy

  4. My granddaughter is being affected by certain things that are happening in our family at the moment. Think this would help her a lot. As a mum of 2 adopted children, I know how important it is to get help for them early on

  5. I would love to win this for my little brother, Harley. I feel like this could really help him express his feelings & explain them to us better!

  6. My friend’s daughter. My friend is going through splitting up with her hubby and the daughter Rebecca is having trouble expressing how she feels. She recently ran away from home! But thankfully only to her Nannies.

  7. I would love to win this for my 12yr old son he struggles to name feelings and express them. we do work on them and during lockdown we had a breakthrough with guilt.He knows what it is and can name it this book would be amazing.

  8. I work in a school with SEN children and feel that this would be perfect for helping them to understand their emotions.

  9. I would love to qin to gift it to my sister to help her son who doesn’t know how to tell what emotion he is feeling in a positive way.

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