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Our Favorite Books for Social-Emotional Learning

I love using children's literature to launch discussions about social skills and emotional regulation. Like most of us, children dislike being called out for their shortcomings. Using books helps depersonalize any struggle a child might be experiencing and carve a path forward. Stories also help build empathy through relating to a character's experience.


Here is a list of some of our favorite books that promote social-emotional learning, and they are all available to borrow from our Materials Library!



Themes: Overcoming Frustration and Perfectionism

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Ish and The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds


Themes: Overcoming Anxiety and Trying Something New

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats


Themes: Characters Who Cope With Feelings

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats


Themes: Loss and Grief

The Shared Room by Kao Kalia Yang


Themes: Community, Meeting New People

Last Stop On Market Street by Matt De La Peña


Themes: Friendship, Mistakes, Apologizing, Sharing

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney


All of these titles will be available at our Social-Emotional Learning Symposium on Tuesday, November 15th. There is still time to sign up!

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