Books to learn about children’s emotions

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Books to learn about children’s emotions

By Mariona Bosch

Suggested books for children and adults, which help them to improve their control and self-awareness of children’s feelings, emotions and thoughts.

The development of multiple intelligences in childhood is a subject at the heart of some of the most exciting publishing projects relating to feelings, emotions and the development of children’s abilities.

In his book Estimulación del cerebro infantil (Infant Brain Stimulation), Celso Antunes covers many practical possibilities of early stimulation, presented as a reference work, as noted by the author in his introduction. This work is divided into five different stages, from birth to the age of three, and for each stage he presents different practices and introduces different methods of stimulation based on neurological tests and studies, so that parents can try them and see if they work for their children.

Celso Antunes’s clear and straightforward style means that the general reader has access to a wide variety of suggestions and information about early stimulation. This means that parents can help to channel and shape all of the learning opportunities that their children have up to the age of three.

A child’s brain has a particular type of consciousness. A baby can develop a theory about what is happening around them and not just be a spectator to what is happening. Celso Antunes tells us that it is important to take advantage of the learning opportunities offered by the infant brain in early childhood, because children are highly receptive to stimuli during this period.

Perspectives change a little when we’re talking about child stimulation and the processing of emotions in children above the age of three. From 2 or 3 years old, a child can already construct reality through their drawings and start developing socialization and understanding symbolic play. Introducing narrative fiction is a great way of fostering their imagination during this stage in a child’s life. When a child is able to symbolize, it means that they are capable of separating and distancing themselves from reality, they understand that they and their inner world are one thing and that the reality that surrounds them is another, so they are then able to reproduce or draw it with a certain amount of realism, so they can start enjoying fictional stories.

As Jesús Ballaz remarks in the introduction in El libro de los sentimientos para niños (The Book of Feelings for Children), the duality of the two worlds in which we live and learning to combine them is a key factor for the development of children. The discovery of these two worlds in a turning point in the consciousness of a child. With this book for children, readers can learn to discover and manage their feelings through a wide range of children’s stories grouped into six blocks. This book, published by B de Blok, achieves the goal of putting the reader in contact with their own emotions, explaining without giving specific explanations but by using exceptionally artistic stories as examples. Each story deals with an emotion or feeling that has been classed within the six feelings that can be considered basic. Each of these stories allows you to experience and approach each feeling from a different perspective and to discover new aspects and nuances that were hitherto unknown. A perfect children’s book to read together and which can benefit adults and children alike.

In the same vein, but from the perspective of a children’s book that follows the story of a character, we have Mi amiga invisible (My Invisible Friend), published as part of Salvatella’s Emotions collection. This children’s book tells the story of the journey that must be taken by two imaginary characters to learn how to recognize and identify their feelings and emotions. The underlying idea is the same; we learn through fiction and we do this by identifying the things that happen and their inevitable reactions with the reactions of the characters. This is the key power of stories and one of the great strengths of fiction.

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