Books to Help Little Children Handle Big Emotions

One of the most crucial skills we human beings learn is how to manage our emotions. But it’s a hard skill to learn, and sometimes adults need help guiding the emotional development of the children in their lives.

As part of our mission to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, ZERO TO THREE has built a collection of research-backed books designed to help parents and caregivers as they guide young children through challenging times. These stories provide the vocabulary little ones need to share their feelings, and help families focus on belonging, and the connectedness we all cherish.

  • Holdin Pott

    This story helps children and grown-ups start difficult conversations about emotions and snuggle in closer together.

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  • Once I Was Very Very Scared

    This story helps grown-ups understand the impact of stress and trauma and supports families in beginning a conversation that leads to healing.

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  • You Weren't With Me

    This story helps parents and children talk about difficult separations, reconnect, and find a way back to each other.

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  • Home Again

    This book helps families with young children readjust to life together after a long separation due to military deployment.

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  • I'm Here for You Now

    This board book with photo inserts reminds children that they will be loved, nurtured, and protected, no matter what the circumstances.

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  • Over There, Daddy Version

    This book features children expressing their feelings about their father being away on deployment.

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  • Over There, Mommy Version

    This book features children expressing their feelings about their mother being away on deployment.

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  • Sparrow, Mama Version

    This book is written for military families to use with young children whose mother has been injured while on deployment.

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