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Book Review: What Am I Feeling? by Dr Joshua and Christi Straub

Book Review: What Am I Feeling? by Dr Joshua and Christi Straub

Book Review: What Am I Feeling? by Dr Joshua and Christi Straub

22 January 2022

Dr Joshua and Christi Straub use children’s therapy and biblical principles to guide carers and children through big feelings.

Reviewed by Rachel Morris

What Am I Feeling? is a book full of life and colour, telling the story of Sam who is feeling a bit anxious about doing ‘Show and Tell’ at school.

For children aged between 3-9, this book is a fun and engaging story, with a main character they will identify with. It’s a priceless book for any caregiver to add to their social/emotional toolkit as they continue to guide their child in developing emotional intelligence and social skills.

As a child counsellor, this book has everything I look for when supporting kids to understand their feelings and navigate tough situations. It has relevant examples of how feelings are experienced in a child’s life, uses age-appropriate language, shows a diverse range of kids in the story, and provides an example of how a child can regulate their emotions without feeling shame for feeling them (and their caregivers can support them in doing so!).

What makes this kid’s book different from other books about feelings? Well, it’s the way Sam’s relationship with God is interwoven into the storyline. Sam’s caregivers can show him how to take some deep breaths and say a prayer to God before his Show and Tell to calm the anxiety he feels.

This is a book that will benefit any child. It comes with a poster you can place on a child’s wall to aid you as you help develop their emotional literacy and help your child recognise how others feel.

What Am I Feeling? is available at Koorong.


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