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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

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Picture Books We Love

Little Books, Big Feelings Booklist

The educators and booksellers at The Carle have put together our most recommended picture books for identifying and navigating emotions. These booklists are the perfect inspiration for filling out your home or school collections.

Little Books, Big Feelings: Identifying and Expressing Emotions

Cover images for Happy Hippo, Angry Duck; Making Faces; When Sophie Gets Angry - Realy, Really Angry; Being Edie is Hard Today

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck by Sandra Boynton 

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions by Abrams Appleseed  

When Sophie Gets Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang 

Being Edie Is Hard Today by Ben Brashares

Cover images for Leave Me Alone; The Grouchy Ladybug; Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox; Glad Monster, Sad Monster

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol 

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle 

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel 

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

Cover images for Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears; Oh No, George!; Wemberly Worried; Why the Face

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett 

Oh No, George! By Chris Haughton 

Wemberley Worried by Kevin Henkes 

Why the Face? by Jean Jullien

Cover Images for Tough Guys Have Feelings Too; I Go Quiet; Fred's Big Feelings; I Feel Teal

Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) by Keith Negley 

I Go Quiet by David Ouimet

Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers by Laura Renauld, Illus. by Brigette Barrager

I Feel Teal by Lauren Rille, Illus. By Aimée Sicuro

Cover image for Lots of Feelings; Me and My Fear; Walter Was Worried; Where the Wild Things Are

Lots of Feelings by Shelly Rotner 

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna 

Walter Was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger 

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 

Cover image for Happy; Feelings; The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!; My Many Colored Days

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, Illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher 

Happy by Mies Van Hout 

Feelings by Libby Walden, Illus. by Richard Jones 

The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems

What books have you found helpful for exploring emotions with young readers? Let us know in the comments!









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