My First Book of Emotions for Toddlers (Paperback)

My First Book of Emotions for Toddlers By Orlena Kerek, MD, April Hartmann (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Orlena Kerek, MD, April Hartmann (Illustrator)
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Help toddlers get to know their feelings

Toddlers may be small in size, but they have enough emotions to fill an entire playground! This fun picture book introduces little ones to common emotions by explaining what they are, how they might feel in the body, and how to express them in positive ways.

Six key emotions—Help toddlers learn to identify and manage fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, and surprise.

Big, colorful illustrations—Keep toddlers engaged with this vibrant picture book full of cute kid characters and simple scenes that illustrate each emotion.

Toddler-friendly language—Discover age-appropriate explanations and examples that make it easier for young children to understand big feelings.

Give your child a headstart on building emotional intelligence with this book about emotions for toddlers.

About the Author

ORLENA KEREK, MD, is trained as a pediatric doctor. She teaches moms and their families to lead healthy lives in a way that is easy and fun. Check out her podcast, Fit and Fabulous at 40 and Beyond, and her book, Building Simple Habits to a Healthy Me. Her sons, Galen and Dante, were 13 and 11 when they helped Dr. Orlena write this book. They love math, science, and playing computer games, so working on this book was great fun for them!

April Hartmann is an illustrator, animator, graphic designer, and writer. She earned her BFA in Illustration at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and has been a professional illustrator for more than 25 years. Her artwork is featured in kids’ magazines, on toys and packaging, and she has illustrated many books for children. "The Dream Keepers" is her first book as a published author. You can find more of her illustrations on Instagram @aprilhartmanncreations and her website at

Praise For…

"As a school psychologist, I used bibliotherapy with my students every day. Books are a great tool to teach kids important social and emotional skills, and I love what Dr. Orlena Kerek came up with. Her book for toddlers does an excellent job of accurately describing feelings in kid-friendly terms. Through the pages, kids will learn what anger, frustration, and happiness feel like in their bodies and minds. This will be a great tool for parents and teachers to build their children's emotional intelligence!" —Lauren Gaines, author and adjunct professor of psychology

"Excellent resource to introduce the concept of feelings to your young child! Adorable illustrations that include images of children and families of all skin colors. Peppered throughout the text are thoughtful questions that parents can ask kids as they read. Highly recommend." —Dr. Tara Egan, D.Ed., child and adolescent therapist, author, public speaker, and podcast host

"Building children's emotional intelligence at a young age is so important. This book is an effective, practical tool for parents to use to foster connection and teach children how to recognize and talk about their emotions." —Rachel Bailey, parenting specialist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781685390747
ISBN-10: 1685390749
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 48
Language: English