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Board Book Review: My First Emotions Series

My First Emotions

Children's Books

Board Book Review: My First Emotions Series

These books found their way to us at just the right time!

We received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review Date: July 10th, 2019

Written By: Jane Kent
Illustrated By: Samantha Walshaw


Cover Copy

I Feel Angry:
Robbie the tiger wants to ROAR! His face feels hot. Robbie feels angry. Then a friend shows him how to let go of his angry feelings. Do you know how?

I Feel Sad:
A big tear rolls down Tommy the elephant’s cheek. His trunk droops to the floor. Tommy feels sad. Do you ever feel sad?

I Feel Loved:
Mama dog shows Libby puppy love with her hugs, her rules, and by teaching her things.

I Feel Happy:
A friend gives Rosie a sweet surprise. Rosie smiles. Her heart feels warm and cheerful. Rosie is happy! What makes you happy?

My First Emotions


These books found their way to us at just the right time! Maren is starting to really express her emotions in new ways, and while she may not have the language yet to talk about it, identifying it through our reading is a definite step in the right direction. I think the most useful one for us with her might end up being I Feel Angry, because she has started to hit when she’s frustrated or upset. So that’s fun.

Each book has a short, simple plot. They start by setting up a situation where the title emotion is elicited. The character then starts to show the signs of that feeling while others navigate around it and then, in the case of the angry and sad emotions, are shown ways to identify the emotion and respond to help alleviate it. In the case of the other, happier emotions, we see examples of ways that make them feel those things and how the character can reciprocate or pass along the feeling to others. I think this is a useful and different way to show emotions than many of the emotion books we have because rather than simply a face to go with a word, we are getting an actual scenario to really ground the kid in a recognizable, real life moment.

Also, I have to say… these covers are super adorable and inspired my husband to dress Maren in something that would match them for the photo!

My First Emotions

Kid Ratings

  • Nom Resistance: 10/10
  • Slobber Resistance: 10/10
  • Baby Engagement: 9/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 9/10

Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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