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Books for when you feel angry

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Sometimes we get annoyed. Sometimes we get cross. And sometimes we have a full on temper tantrum!

Explore our pick of the very best children's books about anger and temper tantrums for when little ones are seeing red.

  • I Really Want to Shout!

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti
    Publisher: Templar
    Interest age: 4-5

    A brilliant picture book about anger with clever rhymes, a repeated refrain and rib-ticklingly funny illustrations which are instantly appealing.

  • The Girl Who Became A Tree

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Kate Milner
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
    Interest age: 12-14
    Reading age: 12+

    In Joseph Coelho's story told in poems, the ancient Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo is seamlessly woven into the modern-day tale of a 14 year old girl who becomes lost in the tangled woods of her grief and anger .

  • Why Do I Feel Like This?

    Author: Shinsuke Yoshitake
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Shinsuke Yoshitake’s quirky book has a cartoonish feel and a sweet, appealing way of working through a little girl’s fantastical yet meaningful ideas around sadness and anger. It’s visually appealing with lots to look at as well as recognising the importance of feeling our feelings.

  • Grumpy Frog

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s Books
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    Ed Vere’s adorable illustration and sense of humour tells a wonderful story about little Frog overcoming his own anger and trying to think about others. There are also sweet and funny touches that help make this a very special book.

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    Author: Maurice Sendak
    Publisher: Random House
    Interest age: 4-8

    Max is being naughty, and his mother sends him to bed without dinner, calling him a "wild thing." As Max sits in his fury, a boat appears, taking him to a world of monsters and wild things with big claws and teeth. A classic picture book and one of the first to explore a child's feelings of anger.

  • Angry Cookie

    Author: Laura Dockrill Illustrator: Maria Karipidou
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 4-7
    Reading age: 6+

    Cookie is very angry, and she’d prefer it is you just went away! Laura Dockrill’s text is brilliantly quirky and friendly, and little ones will definitely identify with Angry Cookie. It’s a perfect book for talking about emotions.

  • Angry Arthur

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    First published almost thirty years ago, Otam and Kitamura's depiction of Arthur remains a classic which continues to entertain and warn us all against unreasonable anger.

  • The Rabbit Listened

    Author: Cori Doerrfeld
    Publisher: Scallywag Press
    Interest age: 3-5

    Taylor creates a magnificent structure from building blocks and is devastated when it is destroyed by a passing flock of birds. Sensitive and insightful, this poignant story provides an ideal starting point for discussion about how it feels when things go wrong. 

  • I’m the Biggest

    Author: Stephanie Blake Illustrator: Linda Burgess
    Publisher: Gecko Press
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    This light-hearted picture book is a welcome addition to the Simon and Casper series, and touches on some common issues experienced by many toddlers, such as jealousy, unfairness and sibling rivalry. 

  • Ravi’s Roar

    Author: Tom Percival
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    When being the youngest and smallest gets too annoying, Ravi roars and turns into a tiger! But who wants to play with a tiger? An entertaining book about losing your temper and recovering from it.

  • Horrible Bear!

    Author: Ame Dyckman Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    This sweet and simple story about friendship and saying sorry perfectly captures the frustration that children can feel when something doesn’t go right, and the relief we all feel at saying sorry and making things better again.

  • Red Red Red

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 2-4

    This is a funny and relatable picture book about tantrums for parents and carers, who know all too well how little things can escalate – from wanting a biscuit to having a full-scale meltdown. Perfect for little ones who can feel overwhelmed by their emotions.