While most parents may think that learning letters and numbers is the end-all be-all of toddler development, I would beg to differ. Don’t get me wrong. Letters and numbers are important, but even more important in my personal opinion, is teaching children emotional awareness. Numbers and letters will come eventually, but the earlier I am able to teach my daughter how to give her feelings a name, the earlier she will be able to communicate her emotional needs. That’s a skill that will serve her for the rest of her life.
During my preschool teaching days, I accumulated quite a few favorites when it came to teaching children about emotions. Books are a great teaching tool and it’s never too early to start. Here are some great kids books about feelings, and while some may be a little advanced for the youngest toddlers, they are all books that your little one can start looking at now and grow into later.
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