What Am I Feeling?

What Am I Feeling?

by Josh Straub, Christi Straub


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Can show-and-tell day be saved?

It’s show-and-tell day at school, and Sam and his friends are feeling lots of emotions. He wonders why he feels flippy in his tummy. And why is Alex stomping his feet? And does Hudson usually have such a big grin?

After several unchecked feelings threaten to ruin the big day, Sam and his friends start to learn how to give each emotion a name and ask God to help them remember that “a feeling is just a feeling—it’s not in charge of you.” In a world where kids are dealing with everything from sibling rivalry to bullying, divorce to tragedy, What Am I Feeling? offers a biblically grounded way for children to verbalize their feelings, develop empathy and self-control, and understand their wonderful God-given emotions.

BONUS! Also includes a pull-out feelings chart for your wall! 

Go to bhkids.com to find this book's Parent Connection, an easy tool to help moms and dads (or anyone else who loves kids) discuss the book's message with their child. We're all about connecting parents and kids to each other and to God's Word.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535938181
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 106,545
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

JOSH and CHRISTI STRAUB are speakers, authors, and marriage and family coaches. Co-hosts of the In This Together podcast, they also lead an online community of parents called TwentyTwoSix Parenting. Josh (PhD) is a professor of child psychology and the author of Safe House: How Emotional Safety Is the Key to Raising Kids Who Live, Love, and Lead Well. Josh and Christi have two fun-loving kids, Landon and Kennedy, and a feisty puppy named Copper.

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Everybody knows that Sam likes to smile. He has the best jokes, likes riding his bike, and loves his dog, Copper.

But one day before school, Dad Notices Sam hunched over his Cereal. "How are you feeling, son?"

"I'm fine. I just don't want to go to school," Sam said softly. "I feel flippy in my tummy."

"It sounds like you're feeling afraid," said Dad.

"I don't know what I'm feeling," replied Sam.

"Sam, what you feel matters, but it doesn't have to control you. Giving each feeling a name helps you know what to do with it."

"Time for school, Sam!" Mom called. "It's dress-up day! Come get your costume on. And don't forget, today is your turn for show and tell!"

Sam wasn't so sure about show and tell.

"Remember," his dad said, "a feeling is just a feeling. It's not in charge of you. If you feel afraid, take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it."

When he walked into Mrs. Stewart's class, Sam felt Flippy in his tummy. He felt stuffy in his head. He didn't Want to talk. His cheeks felt hot and red.

"Hi, Sam!" said his best friend, Hudson.

"Hi, Hudson. I like your costume," Sam said quietly.

"Isn't it awesome? Astronauts are my favorite!"

"I'm so happy today," Hudson said excitedly. Sam noticed that Hudson's feet were almost dancing and his mouth was one big grin.

Sam then saw Alex in the block corner.

"I'm a pirate," Alex bragged, "and I'm building the biggest pirate ship in the world! Ahoy, matey!"

"Opps! Sorry, Alex!" Hudson said quickly as he zoomed off again.


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What Am I Feeling? 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Parenting is such a joy. And it’s discipleship at its deepest level; helping someone along the path of maturity. So I’m eager for any resource that comes along as an aid. Especially for the topic of emotions. Think about the significance of raising children to know and handle their emotions in a mature and God-honoring way. It can often seem like even adults don’t know that skill set! So I’m thankful for this new book, “What Am I Feeling?” A book to read along with your children. Within, Sam and his friends experience many emotions in one day at school. Frustrated. Scared. Happy. But along the way, Sam’s parents and teacher help the kids realize that a “feeling is just a feeling.” It doesn’t have to control you. In fact, naming your feelings and praying to God about them is a good way to handle them! I truly appreciate the author’s writing and encouragement here. It will introduce your kids to a helpful paradigm for emotions and what to do about them. And it even includes a hang-up chart for your wall that has many emotions your kids might feel. We’ve already had countless conversations with our boys about emotions they are experiencing as they’ll point to their chart to show us. This is a very helpful book to read with your kids. Recommended.
Amaack 9 months ago
As you journey with Sam through his day at school, each friend shares about an emotion they feel as a result of the normal experiences of their day. I loved the way the Straubs encourage the child to name the emotion they are feeling and then go to God to help them with the feeling. The book was not shaming or condemning. Rather it acknowledged that we all feel different emotions through our day and reminded us that we don’t have to react to others based on those feelings. It was honestly a good reminder to me too.What am I feeling? has stayed on our coffee table since we opened the package a few weeks ago. We’ve picked it up and read through it several times. My daughter has begun to find names for emotions. And it seems like she’s actually better able to label different emotions when she feels a few at the same time. Though we haven’t found a home for it yet, there’s a fun emotions chart that comes with the book. My daughter likes to review the emotions and now often tells me what they feel like in her body when she names those emotions. What I appreciate most about the Straubs approach to feelings in What am I Feeling? is that it’s opened a conversation. It has reminded us all that our feelings are not in charge of us. And that we can always reach out to God and ask for his help no matter what we’re feeling. I just asked my daughter what she thought about the book and she said, “it’s awesome!” Why is it awesome? “Because it has feelings in it!” What am I Feeling? has been a helpful and fun way to navigate conversations about those feelings that cause us to feel out of control. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Anonymous 10 months ago
What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh & Christi Straub is a wonderful book to read to young children who may not know how to name their feelings. I currently work in a Transitional Kindergarten class, and I regularly observe how some kids do not know how to express their feelings. Being unable to express feelings can lead to frustration, anger and conflict. This book shows children that it is acceptable to have different feelings, but emphasizes that “a feeling is just a feeling–it’s not in charge of you.” The simple story line follows a boy through his day at school. The boy and his friends experience various feelings as different situations arise. The feeling words are highlighted in red and make it easy to discuss the characters’ feelings. The book also teaches kids that they should go to God when they are having difficulties. The book also comes with a cute and helpful illustrated poster of different feelings. Emotional intelligence is an important skill for children to develop, and What Am I Feeling? is a useful teaching tool for kids.
Teadrinker 10 months ago
Feelings can be a struggle at any age. But learning how to handle our feelings at an early age would be a great help. What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub is a vibrantly illustrated children's book aimed at children ages four to eight to help them learn to understand their feelings--and the feelings of others around them. Today is show-and-tell day for Sam. His tummy feels "flippy." His friends at school have some other feelings about the day. In What Am I Feeling? the children see how feelings are shown and learn how to handle their own and to help those around them. What Am I Feeling? also has a pull out Feelings chart attached to the back cover to show the faces of what different feelings would look like. Children can then figure out what their own feeling is and what those around them may be feeling. I wish we had had What am I Feeling? when my son was little. It is great book now to use with young children. It might be good to work into a Sunday School class too. The chart is so helpful at showing different emotions to help children see what those look like. I like how this book encourages the children to ask God to help them handle their feelings. . .That "a feeling is just a feeling--it's not in charge of you." At the same time it helps children to respond with kindness and empathy towards other children once they understand their emotions. I think it is a great book for young children to help them understand what they are feeling and to look to God to help them handle their feelings. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
Sprinkle23 10 months ago
What Am I Feeling? held my children's attention as I read it and they liked the cute pictures. We talked a little about emotions and the book's message. It's not a book they want to read daily, but they pick it up sometimes. The concepts of (1) naming a feeling, (2) asking God for help with it, and (3) not letting the emotion control your actions are good lessons. Really good lessons, that both children and adults (myself included) need to remember. In the story, several children experience emotions that are generally perceived as negative. One girl feels sadness, one girl feels jealousy, one boy feels afraid, and one boy feels angry. While the first three got reminded in various ways to acknowledge the feeling and not let it control his/her actions, the boy who got angry never got the same reminder or any consequence. He did apologize for his anger later in the story, but it stood out to me that he did not receive a reminder like the others did. Perhaps that bothers me more than it will others, but as the book is perpetuating self-awareness of emotions, I think that one should have been called out as well. In conclusion, my kids liked the story and illustrations in What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub. I thought it missed the mark, but I still appreciate the premise of naming an emotion, praying for help, and not letting it dictate one's actions. Disclosure of Material Connection: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
FayJac 10 months ago
This is a great book for kids on identifying their feelings and realizing that their feelings don't need to control them. It includes a pull-out feelings chart. Sam has butterflies in his stomach and is afraid to go to school. His dad helps him by saying, “Sam, what you feel matters, but it doesn't have to control you. Giving each feeling a name helps you know what to do with it.” He then tells him “a feeling is just a feeling. It's not in charge of you. If you feel afraid, take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it.” Sam then goes to school where he sees other kids dealing with feelings. He helps them and they all end up working on their feelings and not letting them control them. In the end, Sam tells his parents about his day and how he asked God to help him. It is recommended for ages four through eight, but it has a message older children and even adults could learn from too. It is a scientifically and biblically based message. I highly recommend this book. (Please Note: Although this book was given to me to review by B&H and Lifeway, the opinions expressed are my own.)
JViola79 11 months ago
At times, emotions can be hard to navigate as adults and harder still for children. As parents, it is important for us to help them to understand their wide range of emotions, what they mean, and how to handle them. What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub is a wonderful book and resource to help children learn about their feelings. When it is show and tell day at school, Sam and each of his friends feel different emotions. Sam feels afraid, Alex experiences anger, Sophie gets sad, and Jennie feels jealous. Both Sam’s Dad and teacher bring this wise thought to the children: “A feeling is just a feeling. It’s not in charge of you.” The book is a delightful read with colorful pictures every child will be able to relate. Children will be able to identify with the characters and the emotions illustrated. The story becomes an example of how to best handle their emotions when their day does not go as hoped. There is also a pull-out chart of emotions which parents, and teachers, can use for discussion. This is a great book to help children to reflect on their emotions and how best to handle them. **The publisher provided this book through the B & H/Lifeway Blogger Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, this book is a must-have resource. We know how hard it is for even grown ups to talk about and identify their feelings, so to help kids identify the "big feelings they feel in a little body" is crucial. We need a generation of kids who know how to empathize with others, and I hope this book helps do just that!