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“Bad Day” kid’s book addresses feelings in a realistic way

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I recently received a review copy of the kid’s book, “Bad Day”, by Ruby Roth, a Los Angeles-based artist, author-illustrator, activist, and former teacher. This book interested me because my first child, now six, always had “big emotions”. Thankfully, reading books that talk about feelings always helped (in addition to breathing exercises).

Today, my daughter and I read “Bad Day” (actually, she read it to me). Luckily, today was a good day, so she processed the lesson and put it in her back pocket for later use. “Bad Day” opens with a child, confused about his frustrated feelings. Then, it leads to how he physically deals with the feelings (puts his head in a paper bag). He reflects on the day and how he arrived to that point. Finally, it ends with clarity and understanding that he can overcome those feelings and it wasn’t such a horrible day after all.

My daughter used this book for her homework assignment (first grade):

book report about "Bad Day"

This book is a good tool to open up a dialogue with your child. It’s targeted to kids ages 3-7, but I think kids of all ages could benefit from it’s lessons about resilience, emotional intelligence, and lifelong self-empowerment.

About Ruby Roth

Featured on Today, FOX, CNN, and other major media, Ruby Roth is a Los Angeles-based artist, author-illustrator, activist, and former teacher whose groundbreaking children’s books have received international attention and have been translated into multiple languages.


About “Bad Day”

Her newest and fifth picture book, Bad Day (Preschool – 2nd grade, September 10, 2019, North Atlantic Books), is her first on issues of emotions and neuro-diversity. In Bad Day, things are not going well for Hennie. Small things loom large, going from bad to worse as the day-that-never-ends goes on. But with a deep breath and some quiet reflection, Hennie begins to make sense of his feelings and discovers the power of turning inward—in his own way, on his own time.

Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy of this book. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.