How Do I Feel?

A Dictionary of Emotions for Children

Join Aroha and her friends as they share how different emotions might feel in the body and how each emotion might be helpful. This emotions dictionary is all about helping children find the words for how they truly feel. Learning to recognise and label our emotions correctly is such an important skill for life.

With 60+ definitions to help improve emotional literacy, this HUGE hardcover book with over 140 pages, is all about our children learning to recognise and label emotions and feelings.

Giving our children this language helps to build emotional literacy. It is a gift to give children the tools to know how to recognise what they truly feel and that is it okay to feel all emotions. When they know that no emotion is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and that all emotions provide messages, then it takes away any attachment to that emotion being part of who they are.

We may have experienced this ourselves being labelled ‘naughty’ or ‘out of control’ due to feeling angry a lot. However, this behaviour is just a way for a child to communicate. Diving deeper into why they are acting that way, why they may be feeling the things they are, can help us find some answers with our child. It can also help us find ways to help them empower themselves with tools to feel better.

Use this book to start conversations about different emotions. If you can, give examples of things you have experienced. When you see a child experiencing an emotion, help your child label it. “Are you feeling … right now?”

This book can be used with children from 5 years of age up to 100+ as everyone might get something from the book.

Written by Rebekah Lipp and illustrated by Craig Phillips

$40.00 incl. GST

3 in stock

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Finalist in the New Zealand Children & Young Adults Books Awards 2022 — Storylines Notable Books 2021 – Non-Fiction Winner — #1 NZ Bestseller


This book has hundreds of 5 star reviews like these:

“This is a wonderful resource for our staff… I actually brought another copy! It’s clear and beautiful images are calming for students. I would totally recommend this book to help both adults and children understand the differences in emotions and how to make a plan moving forward. Brilliant book A+++++++”

“A great parenting tool. We have our copy sitting in an easy location that we can reach when our girls are finding it hard to explain how they are feeling. They are excited to explore the pages as they learn to feel comfortable with the emotions they face.”

A note from the creators

There are over 200 emotions and so we couldn’t include them all in just one book, however, this book is the most extensive book about emotions for children.

Meet the Kiwi author and illustrator

Rebekah Lipp and Craig Phillips are the creative duo at indie Kiwi publishing enterprise Wildling Books. Find on more on their profile page.

Additional information

Dimensions21.6 × 28 × 2 cm

Hardcover edition



Page count


Published by

Wildling Books


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