Your Brain When You're Sad

From the Series Brainpower

This book explores what happens in your brain when you feel sad, the chemicals your brain produces, and ways to manage sadness. STEM concepts cover aspects of psychology and neurology in simple terms, while social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts support the growth mindset. Grow with Goals and Try This! activities further reinforce the content. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they learn more about the science behind sadness. This title also includes a diagram of the brain, sidebars, a table of contents, a glossary, an index, and tips for educators and caregivers.

Your Brain When You're Sad is part of Jump!'s Brainpower series.

Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Category SEL, STEM
Subject Science and Math, SEL
Copyright 2023
Publisher Jump!, Inc.
Imprint Blue Owl Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Dewey 155.4
Dimensions 7.5 x 9
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 520260
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents


Booklist Review of Your Brain When You're Sad

Mental health is an important topic to understand, and the Brainpower series (4 titles) helps readers navigate their emotions. Here, three reassuring chapters walk readers through what it means to feel sad and how it affects our brain, differentiating between sadness and depression.

Diagrams of the brain show the different areas scientists believe are involved in processing sadness (the amygdala and hippocampus) and detecting pain (the vagus nerve and anterior cingulate cortex). The text also explores why grief is exhausting and the benefits of having “a good cry.”

Importantly, the final chapter lets readers know that it’s OK and normal to feel sad sometimes, and it offers advice for dealing with this feeling, such as practicing mindfulness and spending time with others. Appended with helpful “Goals and Tools” for managing emotions.

Author: Abby Colich