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I'm Happy-Sad Today

Regular price $23.95

Making Sense of Mixed-Together Feelings

illustrated by Matthew Rivera

Happy and also sad. Excited but nervous too. Feeling friendly with a little shyness mixed in. Mixed feelings are natural, but they can be confusing. There are different kinds of happy—the quiet kind and the “noisy, giggly, jump and run” kind. And there are conflicting feelings, like proud and jealous, frustrated and determined. With gentle messaging and charming illustrations, a little girl talks about her many layered feelings, ultimately concluding, “When I have more than one feeling inside me, I don’t have to choose just one. I know that all my feelings are okay at the same time.” A special section for adults presents ideas for helping children explore their emotions, build a vocabulary of feeling words, know what to do if they feel overwhelmed, and more.

Recommended for ages 3 - 8 years old (kindergarten to Grade 2).

Hardcover, 40 pages.  11.25 x 9.25 inches.

Free Spirit Publishing.

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Praise for I'm Happy-Sad Today

“Feeling scared and perhaps excited at the same time? No worries—it’s okay to be scited. Children will learn to identify nuanced emotions in this fun and engaging book.” —Foreword Reviews

“An ideal way to help kids develop their emotional intelligence.” —The Oregonian

“This book brings to life a little-acknowledged aspect of the complex world of children’s social and emotional development: the experience of multiple emotions. The children’s story speaks directly to children in respectful, straightforward, and loving ways, exploring the many facets of emotions that will resonate with children. The Guide for Caring Adults will help adults understand, support, and extend the experience for children. All children—and the adults who care for them—need this book as an important support for navigating the everyday and out-of-the-ordinary experiences that we are faced with throughout our lives.” —Christine Chaillé, Ph.D., professor emeritus and author of early childhood curriculum books

“This is not only an utterly delightful book in every way, but an important book. Dr. Britain joyfully affirms for young children that their complex, mixed up, and sometimes conflicting feelings are valid, real, and normal. Adults are gently guided to support these emotions and everyone’s mental health is the better for it!” —Steffen Saifer, Ed.D., author of HOT Skills: Developing Higher-Order Thinking in Young Learners

“Being an incredible advocate for children has been Lory’s lifelong passion over the thirty years that I have known her. She is a natural when it comes to helping kids understand and express feelings. This book is also a gift for parents seeking to validate their children’s inner experiences and promote close trusting relationships.” —Dr. Charlotte Peterson, child psychologist and author of The Mindful Parent: Strategies from Peaceful Cultures to Raise Compassionate, Competent Kids

"A must-have for every classroom and home.  This story was brilliant. At first glance, just by reading the title of the story, I was wondering how it would make sense for someone to feel both happy and sad? My 3 kids however, felt an immediate connection to the story:

Child 1: I’m sad when I have to leave my teacher because I love her, but I’m happy to be home with you.

Child 2: I’m sad when I have to go to school because I miss you, but I’m happy because my friends help me feel better.

Child 3: I’m sad when daddy goes to work, but I’m happy to be home with you.

They were so happy they finally realized their true feelings.  They were relieved that the feelings in which they felt confused about initially, finally became clear to them.  The feelings they were feeling, were mixed up feelings! Now they know, and now, I’ve learned too!  This book is a must have for every classroom and home. Teachers and parents may find this extremely helpful in helping kids learn there are more feelings than just the one feeling we often ask kids to share.  I truly appreciate that the book gives children hope though the illustrations in the story."  ~ Hopscotch Mom