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It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do

Authors: Josh Langley
Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)
200mm x 200mm

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 Winner ABIA Small Publisher Children’s Book of the Year 2018

Read the full interview after the ABIA awards win here 

“Josh Langley is the Todd Parr of Australian kids books.” “Josh Langley writes amazing, fresh, inspiring books.”

Following from the success of his groundbreaking kids book Being You is Enough which one reviewer called “one of the best self esteem books for kids”, Langley now uses his original style to get kids to make friends with their feelings and emotions.

Everyone has feelings … sometimes we just don’t know what to do with them!

Happy, sad, lonely, angry, anxious, proud, scared – they’re all feelings and emotions and they’re all OK! Yes – every single one of them!

In this bright and heartening book, Josh Langley helps kids get to know and make friends with their feelings.

Bursting with simple and effective ways that kids can notice and handle difficult emotions like anger, anxiety, and loss and also rejoice in the positive feelings such as joy, empathy and happiness, this is a little book with a big message.

It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do empowers kids to understand and share their feelings so they can enjoy life a whole lot more.

Listen to interview with Josh Langley on Radio 6PR Perth Tonight with Chris Ilsley – listen now



Josh Langley

Josh Langley

Josh Langley has spent the last 17 years in radio as an advertising copywriter and has been nominated and won several state, national and international copywriting awards. He also owns his own creative agency. In 2018 he was awarded the 2018 Australian Book Industry Award for Children’s Picture Book of the Year, Small Publisher. Always […]

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16 reviews for It’s Ok to Feel the Way You Do

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I sat and read the book. ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!! Love the message and the simplicity and the solutions and the warmth and the wonderful illustrations and the bright colours. It is a perfect follow on from “1305” but also a perfect stand alone. You’ve done it again Joshie!!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kids Book Review : I am very happy that I have found these two books by Josh Langley. I love how my daughter, who has struggled with reading and emotions, is able to read the messages in this book independently. It has given her an avenue to talk about her feelings and it has uplifted her, knowing that her feelings are OK.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much for writing this book, it opened the door for communication between my son and the outcome is that it helped him feel ok.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    these are very important books. I absolutely love them.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Being a father of 4 young kids, I love the message you’re trying to get out there.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Langley’s little books of BIG messages about self-help and self-esteem are house favourites. Neither overtly moralistic nor sermonic, they present beautiful messages of love, understanding and hope, accompanied with novel, cartoon-esque illustrations. This one encourages kids to acknowledge their self-worth and stick by themselves, 100% of the time. It explores feelings, emotions that all kids experience but can’t always name or comprehend. Pride and anger sit side-by-side fear and elation in this little compendium of inspirational explanations that allows kids to recognise and embrace ALL of their feelings, understand their origins and the outcomes of experiencing them. Like life, Langley’s illustrations don’t promise to be perfect and yet, they are; perfectly hued and fashioned with little egos and funny bones in mind. I wish I could draw stick figures as well! In the end we are all full of feelings, not all of them always welcome or pleasant but they are who we are and what makes us uniquely human, nonetheless. I love the take-home idea that if we all made friends with our feelings rather than kept on suppressing or ignoring them all the time, then we’d have much more time for fun. Brilliant! Perfect for 5 – 12-year-olds and those of us big kids who may have forgotten how to feel.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    The bright, bold colours and cartoon-like illustrations will capture the young reader, the text that talks directly to them and the affirmation that feeling feelings is natural and OK will help to empower our young students and help them from feeling overwhelmed even confused. In the past, health curricula have included exploring feelings and children have completed a zillion sentences starting “I am happy when…” but in today’s world we need to take this further and show that feelings are natural, that they are shared, that disappointment and anger are OK and can lead us in a new direction, that everyone has fears and doubts and highs and lows and life is not necessarily the glossed-up television version. Indeed, IT’S OK TO FEEL THE WAY YOU DO.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    As a Clinical Child Psychologist I see a lot of kids who struggle to identify and understand their emotions. ‘IT’S OK TO FEEL THE WAY YOU DO’ is an excellent resource to not only help children understand their emotions, but to know that those feelings are OK!- Michelle Taylor BA(Hons) MPsych MAPS, Clinical Psychologist and Director, Blossomtree Psychology

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    IT’S OK TO FEEL THE WAY YOU DO is a gentle journey through the emotions that everyone feels at some point

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Josh Langley is the Todd Parr of Australian kids book

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    “Josh Langley writes amazing, fresh, inspiring books.”

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Langley reignites inspirational literature – Good Reading Magazine

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    There is not nearly enough of this types of literature on the market for adults and children alike.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for creating a book that is inspiring but also easy to read.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    An excellent resource for discussing emotions.”
    Books & Publishing

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    What’s special about Langley’s book is that it uses humour and fun to deliver a serious message; keeping kids entertained through fabulous illustrations, while also providing practical, actionable tips.
    Using stunningly quirky, (yet direct and simple) vocabulary, this delightful picture book easily opens the door for discussions about feelings and how to navigate them.
    It’s OK to feel the way you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be you will appeal to the youngest readers, right through to older children.
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