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The Boy with Big, Big Feelings

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  28 reviews
"Meet a boy with a heart so big, his feelings glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. What good is this giant heart?"-- ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Beaming Books
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Maggie Haritha
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A precious and true depiction of the feelings so many of us have felt (and still feel) during childhood. This book gives children the language to give adjectives to their feelings and how to name them, which I believe will allow them to better understand themselves as adults. Also, this acknowledges and affirms deep and big feelings in boys and girls, narrowing the gender gap and giving permission to boys to feel. A necessary, deep, and wonderful addition to Children's literature. ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a book that normalizes big feelings, and one I wish had been around when I was a little girl.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When a friend with impeccable taste in children's books comes to you and says, “You've got to read The Boy with Big, Big Feelings. It sums my children up perfectly and would be so important for anyone raising boys... No, anyone raising children... to know that it's okay, and maybe even essential, to both feel and show emotions," you immediately ask her if you can borrow said book. Then, of course, you fall in love with it and add it to your posting calendar to ensure that you remember to share i ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book had a great message that not only helps children to feel comfortable with having big, big feelings but also gives others an inside view and an understanding of what it is like to feel this way and have no control over it. The rhyming gives the story a good flow and pace which makes for an interesting and easy read. The illustrations were well thought out and actually help to visually portray what it must be like for the character to deal with his big, big feelings. The illustrations al ...more
Bri Feltz
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Genre: Contemporary Realistic
Grade Level: PreK-3rd
Really sweet book with a lot of great uses to talk about SEL with students. This book is a great way to remove the stigma associated with big emotions and normalize it in the classroom. This is also a great reminder to teacher's that a student isn't necessarily acting out, but they may just have a big heart and struggle handling the big emotions they feel. I really like how the illustrations connect with the big emotions being talked about so yo
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the message of this book. It's important that kids, and everyone really, know that feelings aren't a bad thing. There's a good line about the boy being worried his peers will seem him as dramatic, a baby, etc. I think that's a very real concern that can lead to unhealthy issues, so it's nice to have a book that delivers the message that expressing your feelings is alright and good in a way kids can understand. ...more
Tami Speakman
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is very helpful to children to explain to them that everyone has strong feelings, even though they may feel like they are the only ones having these strong feelings. Some children may feel alone like the boy but the book will help them realize that they shouldn't hold these strong feelings in it is not healthy. Once the children read the book they may feel more comfortable opening up about their feelings and they may make more friends. ...more
Mar 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Emotions might feel big and scary sometimes, but that is no reason to hide them!”

A boy feels a lot of emotions, including being tuned into other people’s emotions. He is worried that other kids might not like him because of his emotions, so he tries to hide them. But that doesn’t make him happy, it makes him feel more alone. Until he meets a girl who feels emotions the way he does. Knowing that there are other like him makes things much easier.
It's Purely Fiction
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book would be great to talk to kiddos about emotions. The fact that the boy feels things but isn't sure why is how a lot of people feel. The illustrations made me smile and brought out emotions to match the characters. This book will be purchased for my library's collection.

Thank you Edelweiss and the publisher for the DRC.
Juliana Lee
A boy with extra big feelings sometimes cries at loud noises, gets angry when his block tower collapses. He thinks he is alone in his feelings and so he tries to hide them. One day he meets a girl who is feeling blue and he sees that she has extra big feelings too. They become friends and soon realize that everyone has feelings, some big some small.
Laura Kellow
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! This book does such a great job of providing the vocabulary for children to learn how to express their feelings. Britney Winn Lee also does such a great job at closing the gender gap in this book because the main character is a boy. Which in today's society they are supposed to be seen as "tough". It also validates feelings in both boys and girls. ...more
Ron Turner
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love that it normalizes feelings. Especially in boys. It's okay to be scared. It's okay to care. So many problems in this world have stemmed from a toxic philosophy that makes people feel weak if they express concern or compassion. ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiddo
The poem that makes up the story is beautiful, but went mostly unappreciated by my 5 year old. The style and word choices felt aimed at an older audience. He was curious about the artwork. We'll give this one another try in a couple of years. ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-689
A beautifully written story on a boy who feels all emotions in a big way and has to express them, in a big way. This would be a great read for discussing emotions and why sometimes emotions feel so big.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was an OK start. I wanted more that my highly sensitive and empathic kid could relate to. And the idea that finding others like you simply solves the problem is actually problematic. How about adding in some pages about boundary setting and knowing your own emotions, and naming those emotions?
Melanie Borski-Howard
No CLEL- Published Aug 19

Want to try for Storytime- just not sure if this is a book for kids or adults, seems more like the later.
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has been my go-to book for 2020 - I am a grown-up and I am pretty sure this book was made for me.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Gives kids, boys and girls, permission to show emotions
John Merriam
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kiddo kelt like the book wasn't over. The book read as if it was written for our lives with my kiddo with ASD. ...more
Kristen Thorp
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carol Scrimgeour
Unfortunate the author chose a rhyming format; unnaturally forced at times.
Miss Sarah
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
A boy who feels things to the extremes worries he will never make a friend. elementary and u
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I read this to my 5.5 year old while he was having some big big feelings and it seemed to resonate with him a lot.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It's such a good reflection of me and reminds me again that it's okay to feel feelings, even sadness.
Beautiful read for kids.
Josie Siler
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the message of this book. Cute illustrations too! It is a rhyming book and some of them are fantastic, but some felt a little forced. Overall a good book about big feelings.
Mackinzey Warren
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: emotions
Accurate depiction of what a child is feeling during childhood. Might go back and reread this from time to time!
Ashley Adams
A great book for empathetic children.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Erin Alon
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