Nurturing Children’s Emotional Health

Reading to children is an important part of their emotional and intellectual development. Here are a few tips to make reading part of your daily routine along with three books that address different topics relevant to children’s emotional health.

  • Point out printed words you see any place you go, for example street names or product names in the supermarket.
  • Bring along children’s books and writing materials whenever you leave home.
  • Create quiet, special times and spaces for reading to children.
  • Turn off the TV and cuddle with your child and a good book.
  • Take your child to the library to pick out favorite books.

Recommended Reading:

  • Don’t Know Why…I Guess I’m Shy: A Story About Taming Imaginary Fears by Barbara S. Cain. Ages 4-8. This lighthearted story will show children that shy feelings don’t have to get in the way of having fun and making friends. The book includes a list of practical tips to help foster a child’s social comfort and confidence.
  • Josh’s Smiley Faces: A Story About Anger by Gina Ditta-Donahue. Ages 3-6. When Josh is angry, he throws his toys, breaks things, and even hits his little brother. Mom says it’s time for Josh to learn better ways to get his mad feelings out. Using a chart of smiley faces, Josh gets along better with others—and feels more “smiley” himself!
  • No One Is Perfect and You Are A Great Kid by Kim Hix. Ages 6 and under. This book is about Zack, a young boy who struggles with ever changing moods. He tries to understand why he gets very sad, upset, discouraged and angry in response to seemingly insignificant events.

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