Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani

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Book Genre "Learning" with "Learn" spelled in blocks

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am always on the lookout for ways to help my kiddos handle their anger. It’s hard for them (and for me) to know what to do when anger shows up. Finding books on the emotion is amazing! We have a little stack of books that we use as tools when someone is starting to feel mad or angry, and we can go sit and read them and remember ways to help handle the feeling!

Sometimes When I’m Mad is a great children’s book that helps children manage their feelings of anger. This is definitely a book that will be helpful to any child.

One really great addition to this book is the additional information added at the end for parents and caregivers. I would definitely recommend this one for homes, schools, and libraries!

Where to Find This Book:

Free Spirit Publishing ~ Amazon ~ Walmart

Help young children recognize difficult feelings and learn anger management techniques. Psychologist and award-winning author Dr. Deborah Serani and illustrator Kyra Teis team up again for a companion to Sometimes When I’m Sad that tackles the difficult feeling of anger.

Anger is often an overwhelming emotion for children. Using gentle and straightforward language, Sometimes When I’m Mad describes a child’s experience with anger and the many ways it can surface, along with ways children can use anger management techniques.

For example:
●    When anger leads to stomachaches or other discomfort, asking for a hug can help
●    When an angry child yells or stomps, making things right with others can bring some relief
●    When big feelings create confusion or distress, talking with an adult can provide comfort

A special section for adults offers more information on how anger is expressed by children of varying ages and discusses how to help children manage and express their anger in healthy ways. Especially useful for counselors, social workers, teachers, parents, and any other adults caring for children who struggle with anger.

“Sometimes When” Book Series
With quiet, sensitive illustrations, the Sometimes When collection helps young children work through big feelings, such as sadness and anger. The stories are accessible to children and grounded in research by Dr. Deborah Serani, an author with over thirty years of experience as a clinical psychologist. A special section at the back of each book provides more information and activities to help young children work through their feelings.

Just the Facts:

Sometimes When I’m Mad by Deborah Serani
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Pub Date: January 2022

Deborah Serani, Psy.D. is psychologist in practice over 30 years. She is also a senior professor at Adelphi University and has been published in academic journals on many psychological subjects. Dr. Serani is a go-to expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found at ABC News, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post and USA Today, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is also a TEDx speaker and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Serani has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named for her. Dr. Serani is an award-winning author, writing about psychological topics in many genres.

Author Links:  ​​website ~twitter ~facebook ~ goodreads


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I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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