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The Little Library of Big Feelings

  • 0-1 Years
  • 1-5 Years
  • Behaviour, emotions and mental health
  • Child development and growing up
dad and toddler reading a book on the floor in a library

The Little Library of Big Feelings is a small collection of books about feelings, specifically aimed at babies, toddlers and children under the age of five. Brought together by specialists in The Healthy Child Programme across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, this book collection aims to help parents to help their young children learn to name, identify, and manage their own feelings. Whilst also helping them to identify other people’s feelings. The book collection covers a range of topics including:

  • what are feelings
  • managing big feelings
  • happiness and love
  • worry
  • sadness
  • anger

Why talk about feelings

Feelings, or emotions, are experiences that happen inside of us every day. We have lots of different words to explain our different feelings, such as happiness, sadness, anger, excitement, or worry, to name just a few. We all have feelings, some are big and some are small. Young children in particular often have big feelings that can be hard to name, and easily become overwhelming.

Helping young children to make sense of these feelings and work out what to do in order to feel better, is one of the most important things we can do for our children. When they can express their thoughts and feelings in words, it helps them to learn ways of managing these big emotions when they feel challenged. Knowing about emotions from a young age helps little ones to grow into happy and emotionally healthy children (and adults, of course).

How can I help my children to understand feelings?

Reading about feelings, or emotions, with your child, is a great way to help them learn these skills. Books are useful because they can:

  • help children to identify what they are feeling
  • can give them the words to name these feelings
  • show them what to do to manage these feelings

There are lots of different books available - some books describe what it is like to experience different feelings, some show children what they can do when they have big feelings, and others explain what happens to a fictional character when they feel a certain way. They each offer a different way of helping children to learn about feeling sad, angry, worried, and many more.

Baby smiling whilst reading a making faces book

Accessing the Little Library of Big Feelings

The book collection can be accessed in a variety of ways. You can view the Little Library of Big Feelings by viewing the online recommended reading list.

View the recommended reading list (PDF)

The recommended reading list is best viewed on the PDF, which can be accessed above. It can also be accessed by viewing the list of recommended books below. 

You can also purchase these books through your local book shop or online retailer.

Alternatively you can find physical copies of the books in Child and Family Centres or GP waiting rooms across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. When visiting one of these centres, you are welcome to read a book with your child whilst you wait for your appointment. 

Child and family centre locations

East Childrens Centre

East Childrens Centre, 21 Durham Rd, Peterborough PE1 5JU

Child and family centre


Granta Medical Practices

Granta Medical Practices, London Road, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3HU

Child and family centre


Honeyhill Child and Family Centre

Honeyhill Child and Family Centre, 150 Chadburn, Paston, Peterborough PE4 7DH

Child and family centre


Huntingdon Youth Centre

Huntingdon Youth Centre, Sallowbush Road, Huntingdon PE29 7AF

Child and family centre


Littleport Child and Family Centre

Littleport Child and Family Centre, Littleport, Ely CB6 1JT

Child and family centre


Oasis Child and Family Centre

Oasis Child and Family Centre, St Michael's Avenue, Wisbech PE13 3NR

Child and family centre


Orton Child & Family Centre

Orton Child & Family Centre, Orton Malborne, Peterborough PE2 5PW

Child and family centre


Sawston Child and Family Centre

Sawston Child and Family Centre, Sawston Community Hub, Sawston, Cambridge CB22 3BP

Child and family centre


Sawtry Child and Family Zone

Sawtry Child and Family Zone, Green End Road, Sawtry, Huntingdon PE28 5UX

Child and family centre


St Neots Child and Family Centre

St Neots Child and Family Centre, Bushmead Road, Eaton Socon, St Neots, PE19 8JD

Child and family centre


The Fields Child and Family Centre

The Fields Child and Family Centre, Galfrid Road, Cambridge CB5 8ND

Child and family centre


Whittlesey Child and Family Zone

Whittlesey Child and Family Zone, 25 Scaldgate, Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire PE7 1SD

Child and family centre


You can check your local library to see if they have a copy of the book you are interested in. We are working closely with our library colleagues, and more recommended titles are becoming available. You can check to see if they have the book you would like to borrow.

Cambridgeshire libraries    Peterborough libraries


List of recommended books

Stack Of Books from little library of big feelings

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2023

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