For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.
- Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
- The Feelings Book by Todd Parr ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley & Anne Miranda ($12.99) — Baker & Taylor
- My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss ($16.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Hape Expression Eggs Game ($24.99) — Amazon
- Lakeshore Learning Moods & Emotions Mirrors ($29.99) — Lakeshore Learning
- Vinyl Bags ($5.98) — The Container Store
- Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house
All three of my choices are ones that I recommend to caregivers who are working with their children to identify and name emotions. I really think that the interactivity of Glad Monster, Sad Monster is one that can help a child since they can use the masks to “see” the emotions. It’s also another book that I hesitate to keep in the general collection for wear and tear purposes. Also having to inventory the book until return. And I chose the board book of The Feelings Book so that the Bundle didn’t become too heavy.
Hape Expression Eggs is a board book that comes with eggs to match up with their base colors, each describing a feeling. I appreciate the high quality of the materials of this set. I also like that it provided a guided play opportunity while caregivers read the book with their child. Especially because feelings can be hard to understand.
The Moods and Emotions Mirrors were recommended to me by a fellow librarian who has worked with autistic children. The mirrors are a great resource because they provide a photo-realistic image of an emotion and then have a mirror on the opposite side for the child to practice with. I did remove “proud” and “shy” from the set because they are harder emotions and they made the Bundle really heavy for the kids.
It’s the beginning of May and the Feelings Book Bundle has gone out 11 times since launching at the end of November! I am happy with this Bundle and the chances we’re providing for families to work on emotional development at home.