In this bright and heartening book, Josh Langley helps kids get to know and make friends with their feelings. Bursting with simple and effective ways that kids can notice and handle difficult emotions like anger, anxiety, and loss and also rejoice in the positive feelings such as joy, empathy and happiness, this is a little book with a big message. It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do empowers kids to understand and share their feelings so they can enjoy life a lot more.
It’s Ok To Feel the Way You Do was the winner of the 2018 ABIA (Australian Book Industry Awards) Small Publishers’ Children’s book of the Year.
Praise for It’s Ok To Feel The Way You Do
“Dear Mr Langley, What I liked about the book was that it really shows and explains all the different emotions someone can have and the pictures were really funny. I enjoyed reading it. It was very interesting to read but fun at the same time!” – Mollie (12)
“As a Clinical Child Psychologist I see a lot of kids who struggle to identify and understand their emotions. ‘It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do’ is an excellent resource to not only help children understand their emotions, but to know that those feelings are OK!”
– Michelle Taylor BA(Hons) MPsych MAPS, Clinical Psychologist and Director, Blossomtree Psychology
“Highly recommended. It is a beautifully illustrated picture book”
“The bright, bold colours and cartoon-like illustrations will capture the young reader, the text that talks directly to them and the affirmation that feeling feelings is natural and OK will help to empower our young students and help them from feeling overwhelmed even confused.”
– Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S. (Children’s Services)
“My son Oliver received ‘It’s Ok to Feel The Way You Do’ as a gift and To say this has made a dramatic impact on his life would be an understatement. He’s been through a lot in his first 5 years of life and that left me with a little boy who had extreme separation anxiety, anger outbursts, and a general unease. We’ve read this book more times then I can count. It’s opened up an incredible dialogue between the two of us, things I didn’t realise even had an impact on him I learnt did. By opening up this dialogue he no longer has separation anxiety, his outbursts are less and he has tools to deal with his anger. It is now my go to gift for every child over 3. It changed mine and my little dudes life. Thank you”
“One of the best books I have read about feelings and it opened up some wonderful conversations between myself and my son”
– Jnr Bookworms
It is an excellent resource for discussing emotions in a positive, helpful way with children aged five and up.”
– Books and Publishing Australia
It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do is a wonderful tool to help foster self-esteem in a child. Reading it is like receiving a warm, nurturing hug! You will be happy that you did.
– Writing WA
“What’s special about Langley’s book is that it uses humour and fun to deliver a serious message; keeping kids entertained through fabulous illustrations, while also providing practical, actionable tips.”
– Just Write For Kids.
“My daughter is very sensitive and is often overwhelmed by her feelings, leading to a lot of crying. I asked her what she thought of this book. She said, “I like how it talks about feelings and it is OK to feel like that. It made me feel happy.” I highly recommend this book for everyone–parents, children, schools, public libraries–anyone or anyplace that involves feelings!”
– Kid’s Book Review.
“There is a little man in my life with some sensory issues and on the spectrum, this ‘blue book’ has become a constant source of inspiration for him, helping him to cope and manage every situation, when anxiety strikes at such a tender age, this very important ‘blue book’ has been able to facilitate an answer and solutions for him to deconstruct his emotions and move on with the rest of his day. You are empowering tender little people. So important.”
I sat and read the book instead. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! Love the message and the simplicity and the solutions and the warmth and the wonderful illustrations and the bright colours. It is a perfect follow on from “Being You is Enough” but also a perfect stand alone. You’ve done it again Joshie!!!
“Thank you so much for writing this book, it opened the door for communication between my son and I but best outcome helped him feel ok” – Linda
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• The ideal book for today’s generation of primary aged kids 5 to 12 dealing with emotions, anxiety and the pressure of our modern society.
• Follow up to the groundbreaking book, Being You is
• A unique book for kids to help them with emotions and feelings.
• An uplifting book for kids with anxiety or learning difficulties.
• A great resource for educators to support the health and wellbeing
component of the national curriculum, and pastoral
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More Praise for It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do
Jnr Book worms Book review 5 stars
This is a truly wonderful book that opens up the dialogue with children about feelings and why its ok to Feel.
With direct, simple vocabulary, humour and gorgeous illustrations Josh Langley explains different feelings and reassures kids that its ok to feel them, giving examples on how to deal with them in a subtle reassuring way.
One of the best books I have read about feelings and it opened up some wonderful conversations between myself and my son whilst reading. I recommend it to anyone especially kids who struggle to deal with their feelings it will be a permanent addition to our reading library.
Books and Publishing Australia:
“It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do is a gentle journey through the emotions that everyone feels at some point—happiness, anger, sadness, loneliness, pride, fear and anxiety. It guides the reader through the experience of these emotions—from the way gratitude feels like ‘the sun is shining in your heart’ to how anxiety can feel ‘like your tummy is being tied in knots’—and offers simple, practical ways to manage these emotions while making a point that there is no right or wrong way to feel. Solutions such as ‘flap your arms like a chicken’ to deal with anger and watching thoughts floating by when feeling anxious are unintimidating and achievable. While the format and illustrations won’t appeal to everyone, the text offers a broad approach to dealing with all the ups and downs of life. It is an excellent resource for discussing emotions in a positive, helpful way with children aged five and up.” – Books and Publishing Australia – Meg Whelan is the children’s book buyer at the Hill of Content Bookshop
“Josh Langley writes amazing, fresh, inspiring books”
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You might also like the companion book Being You is Enough.