Big Feelings

by Alexandra Penfold (Author) Suzanne Kaufman (Illustrator)

Big Feelings
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

The newest picture book from the creators of All Are Welcome to help children navigate BIG FEELINGS!

I have big feelings

You have them too.

How can I help?

What can we do?

In their bestselling picture book All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman celebrate kindness, inclusivity, and diversity. Now with Big Feelings, they help children navigate the emotional challenges they face in their daily lives. What should we do when things don't go to plan? We may feel mad, frustrated, or overwhelmed, but by talking it through, compromising, and seeing another point of view, we can start fresh, begin anew.

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Publishers Weekly

In All Are Welcome, collaborators Penfold and Kaufman celebrated the spirit of inclusivity. Now comes the hard part: getting stuff done. A diverse group of children share the goal of converting a trash-filled lot into a playground. But cooperation is seldom a given, and "big feelings"--positive and negative--threaten the project: "Feeling bold./ Feeling mad.// Goodbye, happy./Hello, sad." (A pullout poster offers a list of emotions and attendant expressions.) The kids gradually realize that by acknowledging each other's feelings and working together, they can be successful: "I have big feelings./ You have them, too./ How can I help?/ What can we do?" Though the book lacks the exciting immediacy of the creators' previous effort, the little cast is expressive and energetic, and the reward for their hard work--a cleaned-up lot, a fabulous tire swing, and a gleeful, communal puddle splash--feels well-deserved. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Alexandra Penfold, Upstart Crow Literary. (Mar.)

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Alexandra Penfold
Alexandra Penfold is the author of Eat, Sleep, Poop (Knopf, 2016) and the forthcoming picture books The Littlest Viking (Knopf) and Everybody's Going to the Food Truck Fest (FSG). She is also a literary agent at Upstart Crow, where one of her clients is Suzanne Kaufman! Learn more about Alex on Twitter at @agentpenfold.

Suzanne Kaufman is an author, illustrator, and animator. Over the years she's done everything from animating special effects for Universal Television and the Discovery Channel to animating award-winning video games for children. She's the illustrator of a number of books for children including Samanthasaurus Rex by B. B. Mandell, the forthcoming Naughty Claudine by Patrick Jennings, 100 Bugs by Kate Narita and her own book, Confiscated! among others. Learn more about Suzanne online at or on Twitter at @suzannekaufman.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
March 20, 2021

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