Books about anger and temper tantrums

The Best Worst Day Ever

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 Am Angry

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • I Am Angry

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Robert Starling

    Interest level: 2-5

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    This fun rhyming tale acknowledges the big emotions that little ones experience and enables 2 to 4 year-olds to find a vocabulary …

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  • Grumpy Hat

    Author: Nicola Kent

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Grumpy Hat

    Author: Nicola Kent

    Interest level: 2-5

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    This engaging picture book, with delightful canine characters, explores difficult emotions with young children, helping them to de…

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  • Don’t Make Me Cross

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Don’t Make Me Cross

    Author: Smriti Prasadam-Halls Illustrator: Angie Rozelaar

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Little Monster claims to be sweet, but is proving to be anything but! Children will love the naughty monster snatching p…

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  • I Really Want to Shout!

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • I Really Want to Shout!

    Author: Simon Philip Illustrator: Lucia Gaggiotti

    Interest level: 4-5

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

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  • Grumpy Frog

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Grumpy Frog

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 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 …

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  • Angry Cookie

    Author: Laura Dockrill Illustrator: Maria Karipidou

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Angry Cookie

    Author: Laura Dockrill Illustrator: Maria Karipidou

    Interest level: 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, an…

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  • Angry Arthur

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Angry Arthur

    Author: Hiawyn Oram Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

    First published almost thirty years ago, Otam and Kitamura's depiction of Arthur remains a classic which continues to entertain an…

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  • I’m the Biggest

    Author: Stephanie Blake Illustrator: Linda Burgess

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • I’m the Biggest

    Author: Stephanie Blake Illustrator: Linda Burgess

    Interest level: 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 experience…

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  • Ravi’s Roar

    Author: Tom Percival

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Ravi’s Roar

    Author: Tom Percival

    Interest level: 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 …

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  • Red Red Red

    Author: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 2-4

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  • Red Red Red

    Author: Polly Dunbar

    Interest level: 2-4

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    This is a funny and relatable picture book about tantrums for parents and carers, who know all too well how little things can esca…

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