by Debbie Wagenbach (2009, Magination Press, 9.95)
What can you do when the grouchies take hold? How can you keep a bad mood at bay? With funny rhymes and a silly chant, The Grouchies shows kids simple and fun ways to turn around grouchy moods. But most of all, kids will understand how their mood and negativity can affect their family and friends, and really get in the way of having a good day. An extensive "Notes" section further explains the child's experience and provides adults with easy-to-apply tips and tools for helping kids when a grumpy day comes along. Color. Grades PreK-5. [10” x 8”...32
One of Those Days
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (2006, Putnam, 15.99/hardback)
Sometimes life just doesn’t seem fair. Have you ever had a day when: __your favorite pants shrunk in the wash? __your best friend was being a beast? __you were too short to go on the best ride? __no one would listen to you? Well, take heart—you’re not alone. Everyone has one of those days sometimes. And even if you bowled gutter balls or your nice sweater made you itchy, at least there’s a bright side—a brand-new day is waiting for you tomorrow, and you can laugh at those days when they’re over. Color. Grades PreK-3. [7” x
Zach Gets Frustrated
by William Mulcahy (2012, Free Spirit, 12.99/hardback)
Zach's dad teaches him a simple, three-step approach to get a handle on frustration and find a way to enjoy himself even when things aren't going his way: (1) name it (why are you frustrated?); (2) tame it (self-regulation exercises such as deep breathing or visualization); (3) reframe it (change your thoughts to change your feelings). Zach Gets Frustrated teaches children social skills they will easily understand and remember. The three-point strategy is presented as the three corners of a triangle and is illustrated using the corners of Zach's kite. Color. Grades K-3. [8” x
What to Do When You're Cranky & Blue: A guide for Kids
by James Crist (2014, Free Spirit, 10.99)
Counselor and clinical psychologist James Crist has written a book that kids can turn to for support, encouragement, and ideas for coping when they feel bad, sad, grumpy, or lonely. Kids learn 10 “Blues Busters” to help shake those unhappy feelings. They also discover lots of ideas they can use to talk about feelings, take care of themselves, boost their self-esteem, make and keep friends, and enjoy their alone time. A special section addresses hard-to-handle problems like grief, roller-coaster feelings, and depression. Includes resources and a Note to Grown-Ups. Grades 4-8. [5.5” x 8.5”...123
What Are You So Grumpy About?
by Tom Lichtenheld (2007, Little, Brown, 6.99)
Lichtenheld takes all the tiny (and not so tiny) things that
can be annoying and makes them funny instead, with colorful
laugh-out-loud images full of fantastic details and a surprise
ending. Color. Grades K-5. [10” x 10”...32
The Bad Mood!
by Moritz Petz (2006, North-South Books, 6.95)
Badger's in a bad mood, a very bad mood, and what's the point of being in a bad mood if nobody notices? Badger heads out, slamming the door behind him and spreading his bad mood far and wide, greeting his friends with rude, angry remarks. Soon everyone is in a bad mood. But when Badger gets over his bad mood he discovers a novel way of cheering his friends up too! Color. Grades K-3. [8.5” x 11”...32
Badger’s Bad Mood
Oram (1998, Scholastic, 5.99)
When Badger gets blue, his friends try everything to cheer him
up. “Leave me be,” Badger snaps. Everyone’s
concerned when Badger gets the blues, until lovable Mole creates
an awards ceremony in which Badger wins the prize for, “Most
loved no matter what his mood.” Color. Grades K-3. [10”
x 8.5”...32 pages]
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