Corchin is spot-on and refreshingly honest. The author addresses a myriad of feelings and does so in a way that is both supportive and uplifting. Expressive and whimsical illustrations help complete the package in this collection of books which are genuine and highly relatable. The I Feel books are terrific for youngsters and highly recommended for home and school libraries as well as for classroom reading.
- The Children's Literary Classics Awards Review
The "I Feel" book series is always one of the first books the children reach for in my office! I love how the children connect to the emotions of each character and can improve their emotional vocabulary with the assistance of this series. These books can be very beneficial to parents, educators, counselors, and school social workers with helping to initiate the conversation with children about the wide range of emotions in a language that children can relate to.
- Megan Maiero, LCPC
Child and Adolescent Therapist.
The “I Feel…” book series are engaging, creative, and an absolutely perfect resource for developing affective expression skills amongst children. As a mental health professional within a residential treatment facility, I work predominately with children ages 5-12 who lack the ability to identify internal feeling states, as well as lack the vocabulary to express different types of emotions or intensities of feelings as a result of behavioral, developmental, or trauma related diagnosis. The book series allows for the exploration of feelings in an age-appropriate and appealing manner, in which the children I work with have grown to label, express, and identify feelings in themselves and others through story telling and adjunct activities. The bright and fun images are interesting and alluring, keeping the youth’s attention throughout the story. The simplistic and direct writing allows for the personalization of the material. The opportunities to utilize these stories are limitless- develop social skills, reinforce affect management, promote positive self-concept, and most importantly they have become a vehicle to build positive engagement and alignment within therapy sessions. Thank you DJ Corchin for your outstanding work—I would highly recommend!
-Katherine Lewis, MSW, LMSW
Residential Therapist at Youth Villages-Inner Harbour
The “I Feel…” series of books has been an asset to my preschool! We’ve used several of the books as part of our curriculum to discuss feelings and friendship. The colorful illustrations and easy to understand text are perfect for our three and four year old students. The emotional core of the books allows us to introduce vocabulary words and to talk about the myriad of feelings that all children -- and adults -- feel. The various contextual components of each book provides an opportunity to not only introduce feelings, but to dig deeper into the “what” and the “why” of feeling the way that you do.
The series has helped our preschool classes develop a self-awareness of not only their own feelings but those of their friends. This deepened understanding takes our community to a more collaborative place and helps us to be emotionally stronger and more aware of those around us.
The children were enrapt by the colorful words and illustrations and the discussions that led us to share our own feelings. The educational opportunities that come with these books are as plentiful as the enjoyment our students have in the reading of them.
I Feel…grateful to DJ Corchin for this very special book series.
- Kevin O’Brien, Executive Director
Mary Meyer School, Chicago IL
Hi, I don't know if you remember me but I stopped by your booth on Saturday and bought one of your books...I was walking by and spotted the I Feel...Different book and when I started flipping through it I started to tear up a bit. I felt like maybe I should explain.
My son was diagnosed with Aspergers 3 years ago and all of his therapist's told me not to tell him about the diagnosis. So for the past few years I have kept it from him. I recently decided it was in his best interest to know. So I have been struggling daily with some of the things he says about himself...Like "why can't I just be normal" and "why do I have to be this way". I think just flipping through your book brought it all to the surface and gave me the clever words that may help him feel better and understand that everyone is different in many ways. He goes back to school tomorrow and I can't wait to read this to him at bedtime tonight. And every night.
- Reader Letter