Supplemental Material: “In My Heart”

Oftentimes therapy can be more effective when clients are intentional with reading supplemental material outside of the therapy session. In my clinical work, I often suggest books, movies, video clips, and music to my clients that support their personal work, challenges them to think differently, and help them feel known and not alone. The resources discussed here are used regularly in my work and are helpful for a variety of struggles. I do not receive any benefits for sharing this supplemental material on my blog.

Title of Material: In My Heart by Jo Witkek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

Type of Material: Children’s Book

How to Access it: In My Heart is available to purchase on Amazon and numerous book stores. I also suggest checking your local library for any of my resources.

Publisher’s Book Synopsis: “Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness . . . our hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon, others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions. With whimsical illustrations and an irresistible die-cut heart that extends through each spread, this unique feelings book is gorgeously packaged.”

How I learned about this material: I was preparing for the birth of my child by nearly daily meandering the aisles of Target making sure I had everything I ‘needed’ when I stumbled upon this book. As a consumer who often judges a book by the cover, I thought it was adorable, creative, and useful. My toddler and I read this almost daily.

Why I suggest this material: Research conducted on brain development helps us understand the importance of children learning how to express their emotions. As a parent, I fully acknowledge that this is a hard task. The part of our brain that is most successful in regulating our emotions does not fully develop until we are in our 20’s, so it’s a journey. Through this book we can give our children language, pictures, and experiences that help them communicate their inner landscape.

Who may benefit: Families with young children can use this resource to help teach their children about their emotions. I also have found in both my personal and clinical experience that this book can be helpful for grandparents and other caregivers of children. This book offers children and caregivers shared language to discuss feelings which can be helpful if children

Do you read this book with your kiddos? We totally do. A lot. What originally drew you to it? How do you see it impacting your littles? I would love to hear about your experience with this material. Please make sure to read over the Terms and Conditions when posting comments!


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