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Using Picture Books to Support Your Children and Students in Managing Emotions

When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join in their chaos. - L. R. Knost

Labeling our emotions is crucial, but having the tools to help support us in managing those emotions when we have big upset reactions and feelings is key. Giving our children the tools and strategies that they know they can turn to during these times is so important.

These are just a few of my favorite, go-to, picture books that I read and re-read over and over again. You can check out my Amazon Storefront to find more books to support your kiddos in all situations!

Allie All Along Picture Book

This is such a great story to use with our students because not only do you see how people can move through the Zones, but it also shows strategies and tools that you can use as you move through them! I’m telling you... this is where it’s at!

If you’re looking to add a book to help you create a Class Toolbox for the Zones of Regulation, then I definitely suggest you start HERE! I would use it with TK-5th graders for sure! Asking kids what strategies would help support them can sometimes be a little tricky, but having these visuals and strategies inside will help trigger memories so your students can make connections and then fill up that toolbox quickly!

It’s a MUST for sure!

Of Course It's a Big Deal Picture Book

Did one of your students overreact to something you said/told them to do???

Does GLASSMAN invade your brain sometimes???

Do you tend to think something is a BIG problem when to others it might seem small???


Of Course It’s A Big Deal is the PERFECT story to help your kiddos make connections to our Unthinkables, the size of their problem, and to create a plan to have in their toolbox when they need it.


Learning to react calmly and appropriately is NOT something that comes easy to MOST kids, and is a skill that needs to be taught and reinforced.

How to Crack Your Peanut Picture Book

How do we talk about our brains when they get overwhelmed, our fight or flight kicks in, and we feel FLOODED?!

This is THE perfect story to talk to our students and children about our amygdala, what happens when we feel angry, frustrated, scared, and worried, AND the strategies and tools we can use to support ourselves

Finding the strategies that will work for our kiddos in multiple situations and across all social situations is one of the most powerful things that we can teach our students and children so that they can continue to support themselves in the future. 

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Disclaimer: The resources and ideas found on this website are all research-based and vetted with a parent and educator lens. The tools listed have worked for students and children that I work with; however, each child is different. This list is not exhaustive and is a compilation of ideas and strategies to try in schools or at home. No information on this website should be used as medical advice. I am not a clinical psychologist, but I do work alongside them as thought partners in this journey.



Kim Gameroz is a change agent for schools and districts who seek to revolutionize classrooms by taking on a systematic approach to teaching social and emotional skills.

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