Reviews and what readers have to say about “It’s OK To Feel The Way You Do”



“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.” – Julie

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!!! – June

“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



Phillip Aged 5 – 5 stars

Phillip was enthralled with this and I was surprised as it was a lot to take in for a 5 year old. But he told me about breathing in when you feel mad and the mad feelings float away when you breath out, so you don’t feel mad anymore. To telling me its ok to cry everybody cries


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.




“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




It’s OK to feel the way you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be you, Josh Langley (author and illustrator), Big Sky Publishing, 2017.

“Everyone has feelings… happy, sad, lonely, angry, anxious, proud, scared – and they’re all OK!

But sometimes we just don’t know what to do with them. Until now that is!”

There are myriad children’s books that strive to teach a life lesson, deliver a message or simply inspire.

While an abundance of beautifully written picture books do just that, the message is most often woven within a fictional story – particularly common for books which are targeting young readers.

Josh Langley gets straight to the point in his latest picture book, It’s OK to feel the way you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be you.

The book does three things: explains what different feelings mean, reassures children that it’s okay to feel them, and provides tips for dealing with more challenging feelings.

Sounds like a lot for young kids to take in!

And it is. Yet, through brilliant use of language, clever metaphors and gorgeous illustrations, Langley has created an endearing and fun picture book that children will want to read.

My 6-year-old son loves his books, but generally stays away from non-fiction – it’s all about stories for him. So when I handed him this one I wondered whether he’d even open the first page.

When I peeked into his room a few minutes later I found him enthralled. When he’d finished I asked him about it, and was surprised by how much he’d taken in.

He went on to tell me what he was going to do next time he felt angry and that there was a name for that feeling of having your stomach tied up in knots.

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.

Using stunningly quirky, (yet direct and simple) vocabulary, this delightful picture book easily opens the door for discussions about feelings and how to navigate them.

It’s OK to feel the way you do, otherwise youwouldn’t be you will appeal to the youngest readers, right through to older children.


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I am extremely humbled by the review for It’s OK to Feel the Way You Do by Kids Book Review.

“Here is the follow up to Josh Langley’s fabulous book Being You is Enough. I have an eight year old daughter, who is socially a bit awkward and a reluctant reader.  She gobbled up Being You is Enough, took it to school to share with her class, cuddled it in bed, and read it multiple times. So I was really keen to get my hands on It’s OK to feel the way you do–I was not disappointed.  My daughter instantly recognised the format of the book, grabbed it and immediately began to read.  

It’s OK to feel the way you do is about feelings. Good feelings, such as, happy and proud, and more difficult feelings, such as, angry and anxious are presented in a very easy to read style. The ideas are displayed with minimal words, bright colours and simple illustrations–making difficult feelings easy to digest. There is a lot of white space (and coloured space) on the pages that leaves room for thinking and talking–or just being! 

The book gives children the important message that all feelings are valid and offers simple, practical ways to cope with and accept these feelings.

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 am very happy that I have found these two books by Josh Langley. I love how my daughter, who has struggled with reading and emotions, is able to read the messages in this book independently. It has given her an avenue to talk about her feelings and it has uplifted her, knowing that her feelings are OK.

I highly recommend this book for everyone–parents, children, schools, public libraries–anyone or anyplace that involves feelings!”


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Langley’s little books with BIG messages of self-help and self-esteem are a house favourite here. Neither overtly moralistic nor sermonic, they present beautiful messages of love, understanding and hope, accompanied with novel, cartoon-esque illustrations. 

This one encourages kids to acknowledge their self-worth and stick by themselves, 100% of the time. It explores feelings, emotions that all kids experience but can’t always name or comprehend. Pride and anger sit side-by-side in this little compendium of inspirational explanations that allows kids to recognise and embrace ALL of their feelings and understand their source and the outcomes of experiencing them.

In the end we are all full of feelings, not all of them always welcome or pleasant but they are who we are and what makes us uniquely human, nonetheless. I love the take-home idea that if we all made friends with our feelings rather than kept on suppressing or ignoring them all the time, then we’d have much more time for fun. Brilliant! – Dimity Powell. 

Where to buy the book.