Picture books can help children to understand their feelings and manage emotions in a safe environment. They provide visual clues through the illustrations so children can explore facial expressions, body language and how others react to situations. They allow parents and teachers to instigate conversations about the child’s own feelings and to consider the feelings of others.
Emotional skills include being able to recognise, express, understand and manage a wide range of feelings. These skills are important for the child’s developing ability to interact successfully with others and their physical world. Children who can understand and manage their feelings, stay calm and enjoy their experiences.
"When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary." Fred Rogers