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Developing Emotional Intelligence with Children’s Books

Developing Emotional Intelligence with Children’s Books

As I have mentioned before, our entire family represents the feeling side of the Myers-Briggs spectrum (ESFP, INFJ, ENFJ, ISFP). We have regular conversations about our emotions, identifying feelings, and working through conflict in a healthy way. And since we LOVE reading, we often jumpstart these discussions with our read-aloud choices. After all, developing emotional intelligence with children’s books is a great parenting strategy!

Click here to read more about our strategy for dealing with emotional outbursts.

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Developing Emotional Intelligence with Children’s Books

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Recently, I connected with author and licensed marriage and family therapist, Leanne Richter, who has written two children’s books about developing emotional intelligence along with two of her colleagues, Shauna Havlina and Ceth Ashen. She sent us both books in exchange for an honest review.

Using picture books to teach kids about growth mindset, stress and anger management, and the power of positive self-talk makes parenting much easier! After all, books frequently become part of the family culture, a “shorthand” if you will. Both of our children enjoyed reading Jameon’s Closet and Maribel’s Rainy Day. These books will be treasured for years to come.

Jameon’s Closet is all about dealing with hard things (overall theme) and talking about feelings (specifically).

Jameon is a boy who lives with his grandma. He is asked to clean out his closet, but feels overwhelmed by the size of the task. His counselor Jon comes over to help him work through the process step-by-step (“little by little”) until he is done.

Since both of my girls are often overwhelmed by their feelings, I loved the message of Jameon’s Closet. Any book that features strong adult-child relationships is a win in my book!

Maribel’s Rainy Day is about asking for help and positive self-talk.

Maribel is a girl who lives with her foster mother Ana. She is trying to get to her friend’s house, but it is raining and she keeps getting soaked. The book goes through a few humorous scenarios before Ana helps her put on her rain gear.

The scene with the cat makes both of my girls giggle every time we read it. There are family activities included in the back to help develop growth mindset skills, like breathing, visualization, and calming techniques.

Each book starts with a relatable story before getting into the specifics of developing emotional intelligence. It is clear that the authors have spent tremendous amounts of time with children and respect the sometimes-difficult journey of childhood.

The books include:

  • diverse characters
  • non-traditional family structures (grandparents and foster parents)
  • and concise language that makes the point incredible clear (without being heavy-handed)

There are no religious overtones in either story, but it would be incredibly easy for families of faith to include verses and prayers into the techniques taught in the books. (The idea of Maribel’s “worry gear” definitely reminded me of the armor of God passage from the Bible.) Helping children write down positive affirmations from the book would be a simple, healthy activity.

If you are looking for books for developing emotional intelligence, I would recommend both Jameon’s Closet and Maribel’s Rainy Day for any family or classroom teacher!

What are your favorite books for developing emotional intelligence?

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17 Awesome Space Books for Kids

17 Awesome Space Books for Kids

As much as I would love to take my girls into space to learn more about our solar system, technology isn’t quite there yet! Thankfully, we do have the ability to see videos of the Earth and moon from outer space–thanks to NASA and companies like SpaceX. We can also explore the Milky Way from the comfort from our couch, thanks to a variety of space books for kids that are available at the library.

Whenever we start a new unit of study, I like to provide a big stack of books for my kids to peruse. Space is such a fun topic to learn more about, from the sun to the planets, past missions to the moon and future expeditions to Mars! Books about space can inspire, educate, and engage even the most reluctant reader.

17 Awesome Space Books for Kids

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Space Books for Kids: Solar System

Space Walk by Salina Yoon

The Solar System by Emily Bone

National Geographic: Planets by Elizabeth Carney

The Sun’s Family of Planets by Allan Fowler

The Planets by Gail Gibbons

Demoting Pluto: The Discovery of the Dwarf Planets by Steve Kortenkamp

Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey

Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids by Seymour Simon

Space Books for Kids: Astronauts and Exploration

Space Travel by Martha Rustad

Rocket to the Moon: The Incredible Story of the First Lunar Landing by Lisa Combs

One Giant Leap: The Story of Neil Armstrong by Don Brown

Neil Armstrong and Traveling to the Moon by Ben Hubbard

On the Space Station {A Shine-a-Light Book} by Carron Brown & Bee Johnson

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

You Should Meet Mae Jemison by Laurie Calkhoven

Space Books for Kids: Fiction

Life on Mars by Jon Agee

Meteor! by Patricia Polacco

Learning more about the solar system with your kids is a fantastic way to make learning fun at home! I have never met a child or adult who isn’t interested in space and there are so many subtopics to explore.

Let me know which of these you read with your kids in the comments below!


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10 Camping Books for Kids

10 Camping Books for Kids

Our first family camping experience happened on the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota. After reading the Little House books together, it was an incredible feeling to be sleeping on the same ground as Laura, Mary, and Carrie with my own girls! They fell in love with camping that weekend, and we have pitched our tent in many other campgrounds since our Little House adventure.

Click here to read about our special trip to the Ingalls Homestead in De Smet, South Dakota.

My two girls are different as night and day. Our oldest loves to read fiction, while her little sister checks out every non-fiction book she can find about a topic she’s interested in. Whenever we go to the library, we like to grab a mix of both fiction and non-fiction books!

We are busy planning our next camping trip at the end of the summer, so we recently made a special trip to the library to grab some camping books.

Make learning fun at home by reading these camping books for kids! Our list of recommended camping books includes non-fiction and fiction stories for children.

Here are our 10 recommended camping books!

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Fiction Camping Books

Camping Day by Patricia Lakin

Camping in Green (Know Your Colors) by Christianne C. Jones

 

Maisy Goes Camping by Lucy Cousins

Sally Goes to the Mountains by Stephen Huneck

 

When Daddy Took Us Camping by Julie Brillhart

Non-Fiction Camping Books

A Camper’s Guide to an Awesome Camping Trip by Marne Ventura

Camping Adventure by William R. Gray

Camping For Kids (Into the Great Outdoors) by Melanie A. Howard

Outdoor Adventures: Camping by Tatiana Tomljanovic

S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster Jams


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If you're going camping with kids, these 10 great camping books will get them excited for the trip!