The Ottersons' Eruption

New Book Helps Children and Adults Navigate Anger Management - The Ottersons' Eruption

"Dr. Housman's honest and relatable characters invite children and parents alike to practice together their awareness, coping, and expression of uncomfortable feelings in healthy ways for all!"

--Jayne Singer, Ph.D. IECMH-E(R) (Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsed(R) Clinical Mentor)

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A Children's Book Helping Children and Adults With Anger Management

In The Ottersons' Eruption, an ECSELent Adventures story, Hemmy feels left out when Daddy invites Shemmy to go to the store but not him. While shopping, Hemmy and Daddy disagree about buying a tasty new snack, and Boom!, emotions erupt right in the aisle. Can Daddy keep his cool while Hemmy loses his? Learn, grow, and develop alongside Hemmy and the Ottersons as they tackle explosive emotions, learn what sadness and anger truly mean, and discover ways to keep their feelings from bubbling over like a volcano!
Hemmy and Daddy invite children to join them in recognizing and managing their own emotions and those of others, all the while growing closer, understanding one another better, and solving their prickly-feeling problems together.

kids and adults can use help with anger managmenet



Children and adult can use calm down techniques when feeling strong emotions

Emotional Focus

Managing big emotions is fundamental to learning and thriving. In this age-appropriate book, children can see Hemmy and Dad experience heightened feelings of anger, and how they both use their calm-down techniques to help themselves feel better.

Deep Belly Breaths are a good technique for emotional regulation

Tips for Readers

This book contains tips for readers when talking about differences with young children and over 20 guiding questions for social-emotional learning.


Book Series

“The Ottersons' Eruption” is part of the “The ECSELent Adventures of Hemmy and Shemmy” book series, and was chosen by Children's Book Council 2023 Spring Showcase.


Dr. Donna Housman has spent her professional career in the world of early childhood development and education. Believing that it is far easier to prevent than repair, Dr. Housman founded Housman Institute, along with its lab school and early childhood development center, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition and informed by research in neuroscience, child development, and early education. Seizing the opportunity to inform the architecture of the brain in the earliest years, her Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning (ECSEL) approach promotes healthy brain development and a positive sense of self by fostering the building blocks of emotional intelligence starting from birth.

Dr. Housman has trained thousands of early childhood educators, children, and families in her ECSEL approach while being a consistent source of vital counsel and guidance for families and educators on young children’s social and emotional development.

Dr. Donna Housman with Hemmy and Shemmy

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