Free Spirit Publishing 1.800.735.7323
Supportive advice to help kids when they’re feeling disappointed.

Get Unstuck from Disappointment

illustrated by Sarah Jennings

When things don’t go as expected or as planned, children may feel sad and upset, let down or angry. They may not want to join in for a while. Overcoming disappointment can be difficult, but this picture book helps with manageable strategies:
  • Think and do things differently
  • Say “well done” to the winners
  • Keep on trying
  • Have a Plan B
  • Feel gratitude for what you have
Sometimes feeling disappointed lasts a short while. Sometimes the disappointed feelings just won’t go away. But with these tools, kids can learn how to get unstuck and move on from disappointment. A section at the back of the book provides additional activity ideas for children and has a note to adults about how to support kids when they’re feeling disappointed.

Read More


Hardcover $13.99 86154 Hardcover 86154 $13.99
ISBN: 978-1-63198-615-4
Reading Level: Grade 3
Interest Level: Ages 6–9
Guided Reading Level: N
Lexile Measure: 710L
Illustrated: color illust.
Trim Size: 8.25" x 10.5"
Page Count: 32
  • Common Core State Standards


  • ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

    MS.1, MS.2, MS.3,MS.6, BS.LS.1, BS.LS.9, BS.SMS.1, BS.SMS.2, BS.SMS.4, BS.SMS.5, BS.SMS.6, BS.SMS.7, BS.SMS.8, BS.SMS.9, BS.SMS.10, BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9

Related Resources

This imaginative picture book helps children regulate big emotions.
A story about accepting no for an answer and how to handle the feeling of rejection.
Kids Can Cope Series: Picture books for social-emotional learning.
Help young children develop a growth mindset, cope with making mistakes, and learn to persevere.
Violet the Snowgirl: A Story of Loss and Healing
Sometimes When I’m Sad: A sensitive story to help young children recognize and cope with sadness.
Let Go of Jealousy
Feeling Jealous
I Want to Win
Picture book that teaches kids how to persevere when things get difficult through positive self-talk

Free Spirit’s monthly e-newsletter, Upbeat News, is full of practical tips, free downloads, and special offers. Sign up today!