Stories About Feelings

This week, some of our ELS team attended the Virtual School for Children in Care conference and had some interesting conversations with teachers. Here is a sample of the books we took along and displayed on our stand, which we shared with the public libraries:

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  • In My Heart by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

A simple picture book originally published in France, featuring a large cut-out heart representing the core of a child’s feelings. Each page illustrates the heart as the centre of a simple metaphor for a different emotion: for instance when she’s sad she feels as heavy as an elephant, but on regaining happiness she feels like a plant reaching for the sun, full of hope. A quietly upbeat book, good to share with an adult, for any age.

(Abrams, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781419713101)

  • Today I Feel… by Madalena Moniz

This picture book was first published in Portugal, and is even simpler than the title above. Each page illustrates a single word, some physical feelings like ‘Warm’, some emotions like ‘Excited’. The illustrations are quite stylised and warrant chat and discussion either with a grown-up or another child.

(Abrams Appleseed, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781419723247)

  • Zachariah Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah O’Hora

Sweet and funny, this picture book could be used either as a new sibling story, or as an introduction of a new member into an existing family, whether foster or adoption. Older sister Dot is convinced that new brother Wolfie will eat them all up, but of course the grown-ups won’t listen. He gradually wins her heart, which she only realises once she rescues him from being eaten up!

(Anderson Press, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781783443871)

  •  Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by David Roberts

Illustrator David Roberts creates a convincingly scary atmosphere in this energetic rhyming story about dinosaur acceptance and adoption. It’s all quite light hearted and fun.

(Macmillan, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9780230015500)

  •  The Snow Angel by Lauren St. John

A lovely story, harrowing at times, about a Kenyan girl whose love of mountains echoes that of her father who is a mountain guide. When her parents die in the Ebola epidemic her life is transformed as a homeless orphan into one of sheer survival. Eventually all promises to be well, as a former aid worker invites her to her mountain Scottish home and adoption is on the horizon. Resilience and kindness shine and win through the harshest of circumstances. Would appeal to fans of Jill Lewis.

(Zephyr, £6.99 paperback, ISBN 9781786695901)

Don’t forget: you can find an archive of our Friday Reads just here

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