Big Feelings for Little People: Read Our Review of the My Emotions series by Trace Moroney

Big Feelings for Little People: Read Our Review of the My Emotions series by Trace Moroney

From internationally bestselling author and illustrator, Trace Moroney’s My Emotions books are about big feelings for little people. Her bestselling The Feelings series and the phenomenally successful The Things I Love series have been met with extraordinary enthusiasm.

Moroney is extremely passionate about creating beautiful children’s books with meaningful content – helping to build emotional and social intelligence. Through extensive research, carefully chosen words and thoughtful design and illustrations, she translates complex emotions and experiences into language that helps children better understand and manage their feelings.

This new series equips children (and their grown-ups) with valuable skills to navigate their way through life’s ups and downs – from grieving and anxiety to self-esteem and empathy. The Grief Wave and Little Big Bully are the first two titles in this ground-breaking new series for readers aged 4+.

Little Big Bully sensitively describes how and why bullying happens. Through meaningful illustrations, Moroney shows that bullying can happen anywhere to anyone, offering proactive strategies that describe what to do if you are being bullied or witness bullying.

The book delves into what is considered bullying, helping young children to recognise if they are involved in bullying behaviour. Moroney covers every possibility: if you’re the one being bullied, if you witness someone being bullied, and recognising if you’re a bully.

The Grief Wave uses a similar style and layout to Little Big Bully but approaches the topic of grief in a different way. The Grief Wave expresses that grief is a difficult process and can feel like a gigantic wave of sadness. Moroney shows how it feels when you’re experiencing that wave of grief, but also how you might feel once that wave passes.

I think the biggest takeaway from The Grief Wave is that it’s okay to have a rollercoaster of emotions when you’re grieving. It’s okay to ask questions, process, and then ask more questions. Over time, the gigantic waves become smaller and are easier to cope with. To cement the concept and to encourage expression, The Grief Wave has a coping skills origami activity at the end of the book. Little Big Bully has an activity, too.

Both Little Big Bully and The Grief Wave each have a page containing tall flowers with written words on them that are specific to grief and bullying. It shows (and tells) how certain words can seem bigger than the little people the books speak to. And that’s okay. At first, these flowers and words are large and daunting, but as you come to understand the meaning behind each term, they don’t seem too scary anymore.

Dealing with these emotions can be difficult for adults too – especially when trying to explain these heavier emotions to children. Each book includes notes to parents and caregivers at the back of the book, providing helpful advice and information. Moroney’s objective in writing this series is to help children develop valuable coping skills and build resilience so that when the experience inevitably happens, your child is better prepared and has more confidence to regulate their emotions. These books do all of that and more, and I’ll be recommending them to all the families I know.

Buy a copy of The Grief Wave here.

Buy a copy of Little Big Bully here.

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Publisher details

Little Big Bully
Author
Trace Moroney
Publisher
EQ Publications
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
28 September, 2021
ISBN
9780473572914

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 4+.Little Big Bully sensitively describes how and why bullying happens, and offers a range of well-researched techniques to help children develop coping skills - along with proactive strategies that describe what to do if they are being bullied or are witness to bullying behaviour.Little Big Bully offers helpful guidance to bullies too! Notes to parents and caregivers at the back of the book provide helpful advice and information.

Publisher details

The Grief Wave
Author
Trace Moroney
Publisher
EQ Publications
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
28 September, 2021
ISBN
9780473572891

Synopsis

Recommended for ages 4+.The Grief Wave sensitively describes the experience of loss and grief, and offers a range of well-researched techniques to help children develop valuable coping skills, and helps to prepare them to navigate their way through future grief events. Notes to parents and caregivers at the back of the book provide helpful advice and information. 
Trace Moroney
About the author

Trace Moroney

Trace Moroney creates books about big feelings for little people. She is an internationally acclaimed author, illustrator and designer. More than 10 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, and are translated into over 23 languages in 29 countries.Her bestselling The Feelings Series and the phenomenally successful The Things I Love Series have been met with extraordinary enthusiasm. Trace’s ground-breaking new series, My Emotions, equips children (and their grown-ups) with valuable skills to navigate their way through life’s ups and downs.Trace is extremely passionate about creating beautiful children’s books with meaningful content – helping to build emotional and social intelligence. Through extensive research, carefully chosen words and thoughtful design and illustrations, she translates complex emotions and experiences into language that helps children better understand and manage their feelings.

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  1. Trace Moroney says:

    Hi Better Reading team.
    The publisher noted is NOT Booktopia Publishing (for The Grief Wave & Little Big Bully / My Emotions Series) – it is EQ Publications. Could you please correct asap?
    Many thanks – & thanks so much for the supportive review! Greatly appreciated.
    With thanks, Trace Moroney