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Books about learning to handle emotions for 7-11 years

For children facing the potentially daunting move from primary to secondary school, we’ve come up with a list of three books all about emotions. The titles have been selected with seven to eleven-year-olds in mind and we’ve included suggestions for talking points after reading each one.

Tactile pictures from Where the Wild Things Are, showing the wild things and Max.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This classic storybook is the perfect vehicle to explore the idea of giving in to your “wild side”. In the book, Max is wreaking havoc at home and is sent to bed without any food. He then sets sail in his imagination to the land of the wild things, where he tames them and becomes their king. Eventually he is drawn back by the need for love and security and returns home to find his supper “still hot”.

Gorilla written and illustrated by Anthony Browne. A gorilla, dressed in an overcoat, bow tie and trilby hat, gently holds a girl under his arm as he swings on a tree branch past a surprised ginger cat.

Gorilla by Anthony Browne

This is another classic story which deals with emotions. Hannah is a lonely little girl who feels neglected by her father. She loves gorillas and one night something magical happens; her toy gorilla comes to life and takes her on an adventure. The book is full of poignant illustrations for discussion and an ending that suggests a happier future for Hannah and her father.

This is a fabulously detailed book and useful for talking about the difficulties which sometimes arise in family situations.

Amazing Grace book and tactile images with CD.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

We highly recommend this book to help begin a discussion on believing in yourself and not being put off by the negative reactions of others. Grace has a vivid imagination and loves acting out stories. She wants to play the part of Peter Pan in the school play but someone tells her that she can’t because she’s a black girl, which makes her sad. However, with the support of her family Grace learns to believe in herself and fulfils her dreams.

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