Illustrated by MACKY PAMINTUAN


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?

This book is also available as an E-Book!

Hello, Anger is the follow-up to What’s Inside Your Backpack? in the Your Magic Backpack series.


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Want to dive deeper?

Check out the Hello, Anger Resource Bundle that allows you to take the explore the lessons taught in the picture book further. The downloadable Resource Bundle includes:

  • Variety of bookmarks to color and personalize
  • Numerous engaging worksheets for use in the classroom or at home
  • Candy game to explore how Anger is shown
  • Craft and activity to help relieve Stress and Anger 
  • Poster that reminds children what to do when they feel angry


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
Author of Fostering Resilient Learners and Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation

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

This beautifully illustrated story is a must-have for your social-emotional toolkit! Children will come to know the protective, though sometimes sabotaging, power that anger has to mask vulnerable feelings like sadness and shame. Adults will feel Ms. Sinarski’s empathy and come away with tips for dealing with big feelings. 

Dr. Audrey Erazo-Trivino
Senior Vice President
Cardinal McCloskey Community Services

Sinarski and Pamintuan have teamed up to create a terrific new addition to the Your Magic Backpack series. Helping kids learn to feel safe with all of their emotions is key to helping them grow and thrive and Hello, Anger gets it right. I strongly recommend this book to all adults who embrace the goal of helping children in their lives learn to experience and regulate all of their feelings. I especially hope that teachers as well as parents will make use of this to make home and school both “emotion friendly” places.

Jonathan Baylin, PhD
Author of Brain-Based Parenting


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.

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