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Children’s books you’ll thank us for

Sometimes a children’s story does a much better job of impressing a point on a toddler than anything we as parents can say or do. So we hit up the inspired child development experts at Seedlings Group for a list of great children’s books to address everything from tantrums and sharing to sickness and feelings—for those days when our own parenting skills seem to be falling short.

TANTRUMS
• When Sophie Gets Angry—Really Really Angry
, by Molly Bang
Mouse was Mad, by Linda Urban and Henry Cole
• Finn Throws a Fit,
by David Elliott and Timothy Basil Ering
• The Chocolate Covered Cookie Tantrum,
by Deborah Blumenthal and Harvey Stevenson
• Beatrice Doesn’t Want To,
by Laura Numeroff and Lynn Munsinger

CHORES
• How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?,
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
• The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores,
by Stan Berenstain

PARENTAL LOVE
• You Are My I Love You,
by Maryann K. Cusimano
• I Love You Through And Through,
by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak
• Guess How Much I Love You,
by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

SHARING/FRIENDS
• The Rainbow Fish,
by Marcus Pfister Herbert
• How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?,
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
• A Visitor for Bear,
by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton
• The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog,
by Mo Williams
• But Excuse Me, That is My Book,
by Lauren Child
• A Splendid Friend, Indeed,
by Suzanne Bloom

PERSEVERENCE
• The Little Engine That Could,
by Loren Long

EATING
• How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?,
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
• Bread and Jam for Frances,
by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban
• Little Pea
, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

NEW SIBLING
• How to Be a Baby by Me, the Big Sister,
by Sally Lloyd-Jones and Sue Heap
• The New Baby,
by Ruth Shane
• Baby Come Out!,
by Fran Manushkin

FEELINGS
• My Many Colored Days,
by Theodor Geisel - Dr. Seuss
• Grumpy Gloria,
by Anna Dewdney
• Bear Feels Scared,
by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
• Llama Llama Mad at Mama,
by Anna Dewdney
• Today I Feel Silly,
by Jamie Lee Curtis
• Mrs. Biddlebox,
by Linda smith
• Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,
by Judith Viorst

MOVING
• The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day,
by Stan Berenstain
• Big Ernie’s New Home,
by Teresa Martin and Whitney Martin

VALUES
• A Chair for My Mother,
by Vera B. Williams

POTTY
• Big Girls Use the Potty!,
by Andrea Pinnington
• Once Upon a Potty,
by Alona Frankel
• Everyone Poops,
by Taro Gomi
• No More Diapers for Ducky,
by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams
• A Potty for Me!,
by Karen Katz

SICKNESS
• Bear Feels Sick,
by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
• How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?,
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
• The Berenstain Bears Get a Checkup,
by Stan Berenstain

SEPARATION
• Don’t Go,
by Jane Breskin Zalben
• Llama Llama Misses Mama,
by Anna Dewdney
• The Kissing Hand,
by Audrey Penn

GOING TO SLEEP
• The Going to Bed Book,
by Sandra Boynton
• How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?,
by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

ADOPTION
• Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born,
by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
• The Little Green Goose,
by Adele Sansone
• Over the Moon: An Adoption Tale,
by Karen Katz

TWO MOMS/TWO DADS
• Mommy, Mama, and Me,
by Lesléa Newman
• The Family Book,
by Todd Parr
• Daddy, Papa, and Me,
by Lesléa Newman

PACIFIERS
• Pacifiers are Not Forever,
by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
• No More Pacifiers!,
by Melanie O’Brien

MOVING TO A TODDLER BED
• Sophie’s Big Bed, by Tina Burke

DIVORCE
• Two Homes,
by Claire Masurel
• It’s Not Your Fault, Koko Bear,
by Vicki Lansky
• Dinosaurs Divorce,
by Marc Brown

PHYSICAL AGGRESSION
• Teeth Are Not for Biting,
by Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen
• Hands Are Not for Hitting,
by Martine Agassi Ph.D. and Marieka Heinlen
• No Biting!,
by Karen Katz
• No Hitting!,
by Karen Katz

BULLIES
• Let’s Be Enemies,
by Janice May Udry

BEING UNIQUE
• Freckleface Strawberry,
by Julianne Moore
• Big Dog . . . Little Dog,
by P.D. Eastman
• A Color of His Own,
by Leo Lionni

NIGHTMARES
• There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, by Mercer Mayer

DEATH
• Remembering Grandpa,
by Uma Krishnaswami

SCHOOL
• WOW School,
by Robert Neubecker
• I Am Absolutely Too Small for School,
by Lauren Child

CONCEPT OF TIME
• A Second is a Hiccup: A Child’s Book of Time,
by Hazel Hutchins

CURIOSITY
• The Very Hungry Caterpillar,
by Eric Carle
• What Do You Do With a Tale Like This?,
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
• Where do Balloons Go?
: An Uplifting Mystery, by Jamie Lee Curtis