Feelings from A to Z

Book List

October 20, 1999

Sometimes the cure for easing a difficult time is to discover you are not alone, that someone understands how you feel. Books can be the ointment that lessens the pain during such times. Other occasions may be zany, mischievous, happy ones, a perfect time for a wacky tale.

In this list, you'll find stories with characters who display feelings in situations children will recognize.

Anxious: "Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?" by Martin Waddell

Bashful: "Shy Charles," by Rosemary Wells

Competitive: "Don't Fidget a Feather!" by Erica Silverman

Disagreeable: "Contrary Mary," by Anita Jeram

Embarrassed: "Airmail to the Moon," by Tom Birdseye

Frustrated: "To Market, To Market," by Anne Miranda

Gutsy: "Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp," by Mercer Mayer

Insecure: "I Wish I Were a Butterfly," by James Howe

Jealous: "Julius: The Baby of the World," by Kevin Henkes

Loving: "Guess How Much I Love You," by Sam McBratney

Mean: "Mean Soup," by Betsy Everitt

Nervous: "Harriet's Recital," by Nancy Carlson

Ornery: "The Ornery Morning," by Patricia Brennan Demuth

Quarrelsome: "The Rat and the Tiger," by Keiko Kasza

Regretful: "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse," by Kevin Henkes

Self-conscious: "Weird Parents," by Audrey Wood

Scared: "Papa!" by Philippe Corentin

Smug: "Some Smug Slug," by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Teased: "The Cow That Went Oink," by Bernard Most

Vulnerable: "Frosted Glass," by Denys Cazet

Wishful: "Mordant's Wish," by Valerie Coursen

-- Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children by Valerie V. Lewis and Walter M. Mayes

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