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Social Emotional Learning Books: Building Skills for Life

by Philip Mckinney
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Social emotional learning books is the process of understanding and managing emotions, setting and achieving positive goals, building and maintaining healthy relationships, and making responsible decisions. SEL skills are essential for success in school, work, and life.

There are many great books available to help children and adults learn and develop SEL skills. Here are a few of our favorites:

For children:

  • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig: This book teaches children about empathy and compassion.

  • Enemy Pie by Matthew Burgess: This book teaches children about conflict resolution and friendship.

  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes: This book teaches children about self-confidence and acceptance.

  • The Way I Feel by Jory John: This book helps children identify and understand their emotions.

  • My Mouth is a Volcano by Derek Munson: This book teaches children about impulse control and anger management.

For adults:

  • Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Alexandra Penfold: This book helps adults understand the importance of emotions and how to support children in developing healthy emotional habits.

  • Big Feelings by Susan Whelan: This book helps adults understand and manage their own emotions.

  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Brain and Help Them Thrive by Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson: This book helps adults understand how the brain works and how to use this knowledge to support children’s development.

  • Mindful School Communities: The Five Cs of Nurturing Heart Centered LearningTM (A Heart-centered Approach to Meeting Students’ Social-emotional Needs and Fostering Academic Success) by Edward P Darrah: This book helps educators create a mindful and supportive classroom environment.

These are just a few of the many great SEL books available. When choosing books, it is important to consider the age and interests of the reader. It is also important to find books that are age-appropriate and that offer positive messages.

SEL books can be a valuable tool for helping children and adults develop the skills they need to succeed in life. By reading and discussing SEL books, we can learn to better understand ourselves and others, and we can build the relationships that are essential for a happy and fulfilling life.

In addition to the books listed above, there are many other great resources available to help you learn more about SEL. Here are a few suggestions:

  • The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a leading organization in the field of SEL. CASEL has a website with a wealth of resources, including information about SEL standards, research, and programs.
  • The National Education Association (NEA) has a website with resources on SEL for educators.
  • The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has a website with resources on SEL for parents and educators.

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