Five books to help children talk about their feelings

Updated: May 7

This is an anxious and uncertain time for all of us, and little ones may have worries about their changing routine, not being able to see their friends, or what will happen if they or their family members get poorly. We’ve rounded up our favourite books to help you give your little ones opportunities to talk about how they are feeling.

Ruby’s Worry – Tom Percival


This gentle story is perfect for helping little ones to understand that sharing their worries with somebody else can help them to feel less scary. We love the subtle illustrations and the sensitive messaging – and we’ve even asked one of our teachers, Luke, to bring it to life for us here. Watch the video with your little one and then use it to start a conversation about any worries they might have.

Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival

Todd Parr – The Feelings Book


Todd Parr is a favourite at Maggie & Rose, and we think his signature bold illustrations are great for engaging little ones and helping them to understand challenging themes. While little ones are cooped up at home they may be feeling all sorts of different emotions, and this accessible book can help them tell you what they need.

Todd Parr by The Feelings Book

The Worrysaurus – Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton


For all little worriers, this great new release from the author of The Lion Inside follows a worrysaurus who can’t enjoy a sunny picnic without thinking of all the things that could go wrong! With the help of some reassuring words from his Mummysaurus, he starts to learn to let go of his worries and enjoy the moment.

The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton

Pass it on – Sophy Henn


This joyful book celebrates finding little moments of happiness in your day and sharing those with others! The illustrations are a riot of colour and help to remind us all to appreciate the little things, particularly in these uncertain times.

Pass it on by Sophy Henn

Don’t Worry Little Crab – Chris Haughton


Little Crab is going for his first swim in the ocean, but when he gets there he suddenly realises he is a little frightened! With the help of Big Crab, he works up the courage to face his fears and try something new. For any little ones who may be worried about returning to the outside world after being indoors, this is a great story to remind them that there will always be a grown-up to help them feel brave.

Don’t Worry Little Crab – Chris Haughton

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