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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

A Talk & Read Activity for Toddlers

Big Feelings

Talk & Read Explore lots of words with your child.


Big Feelings

As toddlers grow, they are learning how to use words to tell us what they want and need. They point to items to ask what they are and we tell them. But some things - like feelings - are hard to point at. Toddlers need helop identifying and naming their emotions. Books are helpful tools because they have pictures toddlers can relate to and point at. We can make other games for toddlers to learn feelings too. Collect some pictures from magazines that depict children showing different emotions. You can place these pictures on cards, tie them together to make a book or even glue them to a small box you can roll. Have lots of conversations about feelings and talk about how everyone has them. Before you know it, your toddler will be able to tell you how she feels!


The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill, (hold baby up)
And he marched them down again. (hold baby downwards)
And when they were up they were up. (hold up)
And when they were down they were down. (hold down)
And when they were only half way up (hold baby midway)
They were neither up nor down! (move up and down)
Oh, he marched them to the left. (put baby on your left leg)
He marched them to the right. (move baby to your right leg)
He even marched them upside down! (tip upside down)
Oh, wasn't that a sight!


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods
  • Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods by Sandra Boynton
  • Wild Feelings
  • Wild Feelings by David Milgrim
  • I'm Sunny!
  • I'm Sunny! by Jennifer L. Holm


Friday, July 29

  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Midtown Carnegie Branch
  • 10 a.m., Storytime, Library Station
  • 11:15 a.m., Storytime, Library Station

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