As it is almost Valentine’s Day, I thought I would start with a post about our favorite feelings book. (If you are curious, you can find my “about me” page here.) The book is called, In My Heart: A Book of Feelings, and is written by Jo Witek. I have two boys, and boys have big emotions. I do not know what it is like to have a girl, but I assume much is different and much is the same. What I do know is that my boys are often a mess of emotions that they don’t quite know what to do with.
Of course we tell the boys not to whine, but we also try hard to allow them to feel the emotions they are feeling without making them think it is babyish or that they are not allowed to talk about those emotions. That is why this book is great!
The book goes through what the narrator’s heart is like on different days. My favorite two pages talk about how sometimes her heart is broken, but it doesn’t stay that way.
My 6 ¾ yo was great (especially around age 4 ¾) at telling me, “Mommy, you broke my heart.” Cue the ugly tears and hugs for days to make up for my horrible, awful, how could I be such a terrible mother-ness. That is at least until he said it 5 days in a row and I started to see
how I was being played *ahem* how intelligent he really was.
But anyway, I love that the book gives the boys even more assurance that other kids feel the same way they feel on certain days. Some days are harder than others. Some days are not very exciting. Some days are amazing! And it changes. And that is okay.
I have mixed feelings about the gender of the narrator here though. I have no qualms about reading my boys a book with a girl as the narrator. In fact, I try to do that as often as I can – it’s a little tough when one loves all things trucks/dinosaurs and the other loves all things dealing with underwear – ugh – but I try to find them and fit them in where I can. I do, however, wish I saw more books depicting boys dealing with their own myriad of emotions. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them!
I do like that they see a girl experiencing the same emotions they experience. It is never a bad idea to talk about how everyone has the same things going on inside, regardless of what they look like on the outside. I love how books can lead to those conversations. (If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a biiiiiiiiitt of a book nerd, so forgive me if I geek out from time to time about the benefits/lessons/everything that I think books can give. I will try not to drone. Promise!)
The boys have never complained or even mentioned the fact that the narrator is a girl though, so it is quite possible that my analysis/over-analysis of our book choices is a tad neurotic, and they couldn’t care less.
I really love the artwork, by Christine Roussey, in the book as well. My 6 ¾ yo LOVES to draw, color, and look at art, so any time something looks hand-drawn or like something he could do, it is an added bonus.
Also, as I was looking up the book for a picture/link, I realized that Jo Witek has a handful of other books that look just as awesome! One that looks particularly interesting is called, In My Room: A Book of Creativity and Imagination. Any book that inspires my kiddos to play in their room/on their own/without a screen is bound to be a winner! I can’t wait to read it and tell you all about it!
I ALSO found (as I was looking up the name of the illustrator to share with you above) a holiday drawing book by Christine Roussey that my 6 ¾ yo will LOVE! It’s called, My Beastly Book of Tangled Tinsel: 140 Ways to Doodle, Scribble, Color and Draw. I am starting to get the feeling that this book blog is really just going to be an excuse for me to buy… I mean… “research” even more books than I already do. Oh well, there are worse things to spend your money on, right??
I love a good holiday-themed book, so watch for more posts about those in the near future. Have a happy Valentine’s Day!
Find links to purchase both books mentioned above here:
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings – by Jo Witeck
In My Room: A Book of Creativity and Imagination – by Jo Witeck
My Beastly Book of Tangled Tinsel: 140 Ways to Doodle, Scribble, Color and Draw – by Christine Roussey (illustrator of books above)