Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings)
Trim Size 8" x 10"
Page Count 32
Inner feelings aren’t always visible on the outside. Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings) validates young children’s emotions and helps them recognize, describe, and cope when they are anxious or overwhelmed on the inside.
Dragons stomp and breathe fire, roller coasters swoop and swirl, and bats stare from a dark, damp cave. These imaginative descriptions offer children multiple ways for describing their emotion and help them build an inner feelings vocabulary, which boosts emotional intelligence. For children who struggle to recognize their emotions, including some kids with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, or other processing disorders, it can be especially useful to see another child work through their inner battles and how people “on the outside” can help ease stressful situations.
Throughout the book, readers see the main character’s initial inner reaction to a stressful situation and how it is diffused or diminished through a small act of connection by someone “on the outside.” A section for adults provides additional activities to use with children to reinforce the book’s message.
Praise for Dragons on the Inside (And Other Big Feelings)
“The delightful and engaging book Dragons on the Inside gives children powerful words and a voice for the feelings they are having inside. With resources in the back, it’s a must-have for every elementary classroom interested in social and emotional learning (SEL) and any parent interested in connecting with the mental health of their child.”—Sheryl Zimmerer, parent, educator, and school administrator
“Delightful and insightful, Dragons on the Inside is a playful way to bring conversations about big feelings into the home or classroom.”—Christie Thomas, homeschool mom and author of Quinn’s Promise Rock
“This much-needed picture book delightfully illustrates how children can navigate their feelings—both negative and positive—successfully. Highly recommended for parents, teachers, and counselors.” —Amy Houts, author of Christian Q&A Book for Kids
“High praise for Dragons on the Inside! With its lyrical text and inviting illustrations, this story models powerful coping skills that my students can relate to and repeat.”—Beth Howell, speech-language pathology assistant
“Whimsical illustrations and imaginative analogies in Dragons on the Inside provide children captivating connections to define BIG feelings--and help them realize they are not alone. The two-page guide at the end delivers excellent strategies for recognizing and taming ‘dragons.’”—Denette Fretz, elementary educator and critically acclaimed picture book author
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