Tantrums: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about tantrums is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From The Rabbit Listened to Here Comes Destructosaurus! there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about tantrums? Let us know!

The Rabbit Listened book
#1
The Rabbit Listened
Written and illustrated by Cori Doerffeld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Taylor’s block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling

Llama Llama Mad at Mama book
#2
Llama Llama Mad at Mama
Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Yucky music, great big feet. Ladies smelling way too sweet. Look at knees and stand in line. Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama.

The Most Magnificent Thing book
#3
The Most Magnificent Thing
Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!

Tough Guys Have Feelings Too book
#4
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too
Written and illustrated by Keith Negley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A boldly illustrated picture book read-aloud about how everyone gets sad—ninjas, wrestlers, knights, superheroes, everyone . . . even daddies have emotions!

Did you know wrestlers have feelings? And knights. Even superheroes and ninjas feel sad sometimes. In fact everyone has feelings—especially dads who love their children!

Children will love recognizing their feelings in Keith Negley’s bold illustrations which accompany a fun-to-read-aloud narrative.

Parents can joyfully engage with children in a lighthearted discussion about emotions and how they affect us all!

You Get What You Get book
#5
You Get What You Get
Written by Julie Gassman and illustrated by Sarah Horne and Julie Gassman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Melvin likes to throw a tantrum when he does not get what he wants, but he learns that the classroom rule, “you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit” applies at home as well.

  1. Sugar Cookies: Sweet Little Lessons on Love - This delectable follow-up to the bestselling Cookies and Christmas Cookies defines words that are associated with love. From letting your friend have the last cookie (selfless) to waiting to lick the bowl together (considerate), here is a book for anyone who wants to say I love you. Meanings are illuminated in this different kind of dictionary, which is every bit as heartwarming as the experience of baking cookies with someone you love. Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s sweet little lessons, mixed with warm and inviting illustrations by mother-daughter duo Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer, make for a book that will hit the spot!

  2. No Fits, Nilson! - Nilson and Amelia do everything together. But if one little thing goes wrong, Nilson throws the biggest, most house shaking-est fit ever! Amelia helps Nilson control his gorilla-sized temper by promising him banana ice cream and letting him play with her froggy coin purse. But, sometimes, Amelia needs to be calmed down, too. Inspired by Ohora’s own “negotiations” with his two sons, No Fits, Nilson! is a hilarious preschool pick for kids and parents navigating the treacherous tantrum phase.

  3. Cool Down and Work Through Anger - Everyone gets angry, so it’s never too early for children to learn to recognize feelings of anger, express them, and build skills for coping with anger in helpful, appropriate ways. Children learn that it is okay to feel angry—but not okay to hurt anyone with actions or words. They discover concrete skills for working through anger: self-calming, thinking, getting help from a trusted person, talking and listening, apologizing, being patient, and viewing others positively. Reassuring and supportive, the book helps preschool and primary-age children see that when they cool down and work through anger, they can feel peaceful again.

  4. Mouse Was Mad - When his little brother breaks his toy, Miles gets mad, but when he looks at himself in the mirror he sees a big, red, furry monster named Mad.

When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry... book
#10
When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry...
Written and illustrated by Molly Bang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A young girl is upset and doesn’t know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.

Talk and Work It Out book
#11
Talk and Work It Out
Written and illustrated by Cheri J. Meiners
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What’s the best way to solve problems between people? By talking them over and working them out. It’s never too soon for children to learn the process of peaceful conflict resolution. This book distills it into clear, simple language and supporting illustrations. Children learn to calm themselves, state the problem, listen, think of solutions, try one, evaluate results, and even agree to disagree when a solution isn’t possible. Includes skill-building games and role plays for adults to use with children.

Mad At Mommy book
#12
Mad At Mommy
Written and illustrated by Komako Sakai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The creator of last year’s sleeper success THE SNOW DAY returns with another pitch-perfect story of real childhood experience — what happens when you get MAD AT MOMMY.

Little Bunny is VERY MAD at his mommy. She sleeps too late. She talks too much. She watches her silly shows instead of cartoons. And she gets mad for no reason — just a few little bubbles on the floor.

The only thing left to do is run away. But does he really want to leave Mommy behind forever?

With the charming illustrations and spot-on understanding of young children’s thinking that distinguished THE SNOW DAY and EMILY’S BALLOON, Komako Sakai brings us a REALLY ANGRY — and ultimately sweet — new story.

When I Feel Angry book
#13
When I Feel Angry
Written by Cornelia Maude Spelman and illustrated by Nancy Cote
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little rabbit describes what makes her angry and the different ways she can control her anger.

The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies book
#14
The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies
Written and illustrated by Jan Berenstain and Stan Berenstain
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This classic Berenstain Bears story is a perfect way to teach children about self-control and the importance of compromise!

Come for a visit in Bear Country with this classic First Time Book® from Stan and Jan Berenstain. Brother and Sister are having a bad case of the “gimmies.” Whenever they don’t get what they want, they throw a tantrum. But is this really the best way to handle their emotions?

  1. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! - The Pigeon really needs a bath! Except, the Pigeon’s not so sure about that. Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It’s going to take some serious convincing to try and get the Pigeon to take the plunge.

  2. Again! - A little dragon and his favorite book make for a combustible combination in this clever picture book with a surprise ending. It’s nearly Cedric the dragon’s bedtime, and for Cedric, bedtime means storytime! When his mother reads him his favorite book, he likes the story so much that he wants to hear it again…and again…and again! Cedric’s mom understands that the best stories are ripe for repetition, and she tries very hard to be patient. But sometimes dragons will be dragons—which is why this bedtime tale ends with an incendiary surprise!

  3. Little Monkey Calms Down - Little Monkey is having a bad day. After a major melt down, he goes to his room and uses some coping techniques to calm down.

  4. The Bad Mood and the Stick - New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket sheds light on the way bad moods come and go. Once there was a bad mood and a stick.The stick appeared when a tree dropped it.Where did the bad mood come from?Who picked up the stick?And where is the bad mood off to now?You never know what is going to happen.

Here Comes Destructosaurus! book
#19
Here Comes Destructosaurus!
Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

Watch the unstoppable destructive force of a raging temper tantrum! Tremble at the enormous mess and disrespectful roaring! Despair as no amount of scolding can stem the heedless fury! Someone is heading for a time-out, Mister! Anyone who has witnessed (or been) a toddler in the throes of a full-blown fit will delight in this clever book’s moviemonster rampage, and may just come away from it with a bit more sympathy for toddler and caregiver.

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