Storybooks that help behavioral self-regulation

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Here are some storybooks for helping children with self-regulating their bodies.

Hand movements (mainly for younger children)

Bowie, C. (2003). Busy Fingers. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge
Chapman, J. (2013). Hands Off My Honey! Wilton , CT: Tiger Tales.

Hoberman, M. (2003). Miss Mary Mack: A Hand-Clapping Rhyme. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Hoberman, M. (2000). The eensy-weensy spider. Boston, MA: Little Brown Young Readers

Martin, B. and Archambault, J. (1985). Here are my hands. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Perkins, A. (1960). Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb. New York: Random House. Sister Susan,


Sister Thuc Nghiem, Thi Hop Nguyen & Dong Nguyen (2002). Each Breath a Smile. Berkeley, CA: Plum Blossom Books (1)

Example storybooks where the main character could benefit from Turtle Breathing Breathing

Bang, Molly (1999). When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry. New York: Scholastic.

Newman, Jeff (2006). Hippo! No, Rhino. NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Niland, D. (2005). Annie’s Chair. NY: Bloomsbury Juvenile.

Foot movement

Aliki (1990). My feet. New York: Harper and Row.

Blanchard, A. (1988). Sounds my feet make. New York: Random House Inc.

Voice regulation

Munsch, Robert (1985). Mortimer. Vancouver, BC: Annick Press.

Whole body movement

Agell, Charlotte (1994). Dancing feet. New York: Gulliver Books

Carle, E. (1999). From Head to Toe. New York: Harper Festival.

Carle, E. (2002). “Slowly, slowly, slowly,” said the sloth. New York: Philomel Books.

La Prise, Larry (1997). The hokey pokey. Nashville, TN: Simon and Schuster.

Newcome, Zita (1996). Toddlerobics. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press.

Example storybooks about the need for self-regulation

**Ellis, S. (2008). The Queen’s Feet. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press. (2)

Falconer, I. (2000). Olivia. New York: Atheneum.

Shannon, D. (2000). No David. Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada. (3)

Steig, William (1998). Pete’s a pizza. New York: HarperCollins.

Wells, R. (2002). Max Cleans Up. New York: Puffin.

(1) This book has a bit of a Zen emphasis to it so check carefully to see if it’s appropriate.

** (2) I love this book because it presents the issue of very busy feet and comes to a very reasonable resolution (can let your feet loose for an hour a day)

(3) I’m not fond of this book because it uses a lot of negatives (No!) – be cautious about choosing which children might benefit from it.