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It's OK to Cry

A picture book to help children talk about their feelings

Molly Potter Sarah Jennings



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11 June 2020
Pre-school & kindergarten; Teachers' classroom resources & material; Educational: Personal, social & health education (PSHE); Personal & social issues: self-awareness & self-esteem (Children's&YA)
From the best-selling author of How Are You Feeling Today? comes a picture book that sensitively deals with developing emotional intelligence in young children. Young children can find it really frustrating when they are unable to explain what they are feeling and express their emotions. Cue: this book! Written with boys in mind because they are often encouraged to suppress their feelings, Molly Potter covers a whole range of emotions from those that are uncomfortable to happy feelings where you care about yourself and other people. Perfect for starting those all-important conversations, It's OK to Cry includes colourful illustrations, child-friendly strategies and vocabulary for managing feelings, and helpful notes for parents, carers and practitioners.
By:   Molly Potter
Illustrated by:   Sarah Jennings
Imprint:   Featherstone
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 250mm,  Width: 250mm, 
Weight:   402g
ISBN:   9781472942425
ISBN 10:   1472942426
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   11 June 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Children/juvenile ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Molly Potter taught for 11 years in middle schools as a class teacher, science and PSHE co-ordinator. She then worked for several years as an SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) Development Manager, delivering teacher training and supporting primary schools in the development of their SRE programme and policy and many other aspects of PSHE. Molly now works as a teacher in a short-stay school with children that have been or are at risk from being excluded from mainstream schools - putting much of her PSHE expertise into practice. Sarah Jennings has been illustrating children's books since graduating in 2013. At a young age she discovered a love of drawing and has been scribbling and sketching ever since. Sarah enjoys combining traditional and digital techniques to create her illustrations and particularly loves designing characters. She currently lives in London and works from her home studio in the company of her very cheeky three-legged cat.

Reviews for It's OK to Cry: A picture book to help children talk about their feelings

Emotions can be challenging to navigate, particularly for young children, and this accessible picture book will help them to recognise, talk about and understand their feelings [...] With notes for parents and carers, this invaluable book is ideal to help young children develop their emotional intelligence in a sensitive and considered way. * BookTrust * The text [...] is very clear and will prompt lots of discussion. Equipped with the ability to articulate to themselves and others exactly how they are feeling and why will enable children to deal with strong emotions. The illustrations by Sarah Jennings are fun and friendly, and Potter's approach will prove very helpful for children, parents and teachers alike. -- Chosen as book of the week * Books for Keeps * A must-have for all primary classrooms and homes in which parents want their boys to be able to express how they are feeling in a calm and open manner. * Reading Zone * It's OK to Cry is a book for sharing. It features many words for different emotions in a wide range of scenarios, so that your child will learn and get better at explaining how they feel. Learning to do this will help them understand their emotions and make it easier for them to deal with a whole range of emotions in an effective way, whether these feelings are comfortable, uncomfortable, positive or negative. -- Creative Steps Magazine

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