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"...a great choice for teaching elementary-age children how to handle their friendships and emotions..."

- Booklist, 2020

Keya’s little brother Nate messed up everything, even breakfast. She heads to school kicking rocks and sticks. When her best friend Hooper tries to help, Keya shouts, "I don't even like you." It's not true, but Hooper storms off, kicking rocks and sticks too. Now it's up to Keya to find a different way past mad and to make things right. A relatable story that speaks to kids' emerging emotional intelligence skills.

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way past mad by hallee adelman
Albert Whitman & Company, March 2020
way past worried by Hallee Adelman
Albert Whitman & Company, October 2020

Coming This Fall

Brock is worried. Way past worried, with his heart thumping and his mind racing. Today is his friend Juan’s superhero party and he’s going all by himself. What if nobody plays with him? What if everyone laughs at him? Brock doesn’t feel like a superhero, but… what if he can save the day and find a way past worried all by himself? This engaging story speaks to kids’ emerging emotional intelligence skills and helps them learn to manage worry.

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MEMORY

1 or more players

  • Place cards face down.
  • Take a turn by flipping over any two cards.
  • If they match, keep them.
  • If they don't match, flip them back over.
  • If there are two or more players, the next player takes a turn.
  • Everyone keeps playing to match cards.
  • The game is over when all the cards have been matched.
  • If playing with others, the person with the most matched pairs is the winner.

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GUESS MY MOOD

2 or more players

  • Place cards face down.
  • Player one picks a card.
  • Player one describes the feeling shown WITHOUT using the word on the card.
  • The player who guesses correctly keeps that card and goes next.
  • The game is over when all the cards have been used.
  • The player with the most cards is the winner.

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E-MOTIONS

5 players

  • Place cards face down, then flip one card face up.
  • One player makes a face to show the feeling on the card.
  • This player then passes the card to another player.
  • This next player acts out the feeling on the card.
  • This player then passes the card to another player.
  • The next player does a dance to reflect the feeling on the card.
  • This player then passes the card to another player.
  • The next player sings a song about the feeling on the card.
  • The last player picks one of those four actions (make a face, act it out, dance, or sing) for the whole group to try together.
  • Repeat the game.

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MOOD SHIFT

2 or more players

  • Place all cards face down.
  • Player one picks a mood card and decides on a setting (e.g. restaurant, birthday party, recess, school, pet shop, hair salon, football game).
  • Using words and movement, player one then pretends to be at the setting in the mood shown on the card.
  • Player two joins the scene and has two minutes to get player one to act differently.
  • It won't be easy, but can player two shift the mood?

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Small Cards, Big Feelings

2 or more players

  • Pick five cards.
  • Read the feelings on the cards.
  • Make up a story or draw a comic strip that shares how your character shifts between those feelings.
  • What happened first, next, next, next, next?

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