“Sometimes things seem hard, and my feelings are really big.” Strong emotions can be overwhelming for young children, and at times they need help identifying what they’re feeling and how to use calming strategies. “I want to feel peaceful. I won’t hit or hurt.”
Gentle and encouraging, this English-Spanish bilingual board book helps toddlers work through strong feelings like anger and worry. With straightforward words and warm illustrations, I Calm Down/Yo me calmo helps children understand that feelings change and that their own actions can make a difference in how they feel. Children learn to use deep breaths, mental images, and other simple calming strategies. When their feelings are too big to manage, children can ask for help and comfort from a trusted adult.
A section for adults offers tips on talking about the book together, along with activities for helping children learn to calm themselves in both languages. View more bilingual books here.