Hello, Anger

A Picture Book About Figuring Out What's Underneath Angry Feelings


SKU: D433-Net

What can you do when your feelings get the best of you?

The students at Sunnyvale Elementary carry a lot in their backpacks – including some things you can’t see quite so well, like big feelings and confusing emotions.

Today, one fiery red book keeps spilling out and exploding onto everyone: ANGER! It’s time for the kids to use their best detective skills to figure out what’s underneath those angry feelings.

Ana feels HURT when her friends don’t play fair.

Ben feels EMBARRASSED when he makes a mistake.

Grace feels DIFFERENT when nobody chooses her for their team.

When our feelings get the best of us, we need to do our best with our feelings. Become a backpack detective like Ana, Ben, and Grace!

Stop when I’m furious.
Pause and be curious.
What is underneath the mad?
Am I lonely, stressed, or sad?

Written by Jessica Sinarski
Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
Paperback ISBN 9781953945631
Grades 2-5
32 pages
Release Date June 2, 2022

Additional information







National Center for Youth Issues

Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH equips parents and professionals to be healers for hurting children. Weaving user-friendly brain science into everything she does, Jessica ignites both passion and know-how in audiences. Extensive post-graduate training and 15+ years as a clinician, consultant, and parent educator led her to create BraveBrains, a resource and training platform for home, school, and community.

Jessica partners with school districts and child welfare agencies across the country to better incorporate effective trauma-sensitive practices into their work. She also shares her expertise as a contributor to magazines, blogs, and podcasts. When not writing and training, she continues to work as a bilingual therapist and clinical supervisor at an innovative adoption support agency. Jessica lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three busy boys.

This book is such a gift to educators, parents, and anyone working with a child. Jessica carefully and intentionally helps to normalize big feelings for children by encouraging them to become curious about what is really going on underneath. By saying hello to feelings like anger, frustration, and hurt, kids (and grown-ups) can move toward peace.
Every classroom would benefit from utilizing the practical tools and strategies that Jessica gives in this book.

Ginger Healy MSW, LCSW
Program Director, Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc.

Once again, Jessica has written a powerful and educational resource to help guide our youth through the mess of life. I love how she involved the teacher in modeling her own feelings, expressing the power of repair and how that can lead to important conversations. She did a lovely job of connecting body and feelings to help children understand how feelings can impact regulation and choices that we make. I cannot say enough positive about this book. It is a must have for parents and educators!

Kristin Souers

Hello, Anger is not only engaging to read and beautifully illustrated, it’s an essential guide to cultivating emotional intelligence for kids. This book teaches us not how to change our feelings such as anger, but how to change our relationship with them. Hello, Anger shows young readers that every feeling has a powerful message to send, and to harness the power of that message all we need to do is listen.

Renee Jain
Founder of GoZen

I love how Hello, Anger not only normalizes feeling big emotions, but gives children the language to better understand how emotions often show up in our daily lives. Hello, Anger is a great book for students who are exploring more about how feelings play a role in their relationships, school life, and personal identity.

Allie Szczecinski
Author of “Roaring Mad Riley”


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