Loving and learning with wemberly and David: Fostering emotional development in early childhood education

Cory Cooper Hansen, Debby Zambo

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Children enter the world with simple emotions and gradually add complex feelings to their repertoire of skills. As children grow and develop, they learn to label their emotions and regulate them in socially appropriate ways. Literature is one way early childhood educators can foster healthy emotional development. This article explains how emotions develop during the preschool years (3-5), shares why it is important for early childhood educators to understand the connection between emotional and literacy development, and suggests books and strategies that can be used to enhance young children's emotional and literate lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007



  • Early childhood literacy
  • Emotional development
  • Emotional regulation
  • Picture books, early childhood development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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