We have come a long way since my childhood in the 70s, in terms of books and curriculum about social-emotional ideas and learning. However, few picture books exist to offer language and images for young ones. Today I would like to recommend the 2017 English translation of the book Today I Feel: An Alphabet of Feelings by Madalena Moniz.
Use this book with a variety of age groups - from preschool through 3rd grade. The book can inspire an improvisational activity, mirroring activity, or group dance.
The words include:
There's lots of potential with facial expressions, body parts/whole body movement, dynamic changes, and axial/traveling movement. Seasoned dance teachers could make a playlist and change the music with each new word to further explore the varying qualities and speeds for each idea.
Some of my favorite words in the book are free, grumpy, light, patient, and strong.
I am adding this to my ongoing alphabet book list as well as book list for emotions/feelings.