Social Emotional Learning

Brock is worried about going to his friend’s superhero birthday party alone, but while he is hiding he meets Nelly, who is just as frightened as he is. Ages 4-8. Grades 2-3.

My Mouth is a Volcano!
by Julia Cook

This book teaches children to manage their thoughts and words without interrupting. Ages 4 & Up

The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes. Ages 6-9

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds. Ages 4-8

Amina’s Voice
by Hena Khan

A Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community. Ages 8-12

Being Edie is Hard Today
by Ben Brashares

A sensitive girl imagines transforming herself into different animals to help manage her intense emotions during difficult situations at school. Ages 4-8

All Are Welcome
by Alexandra Penfold

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce a school where diversity is celebrated and songs, stories, and talents are shared. Ages 4-8

by Carol Zeavin

The Terrific Toddler’s series are written with simple language, reflective of children’s reality, and based on understanding of developmental level of young toddler. In “Boo-Boo!” Jo-Jo gets hurt and learns that boo-boos get better. Ages 2-3

Louisiana’s Way Home
by Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return. Ages 10-13

My Year in the Middle
by Lila Quintero Weaver

1970, Red Grove, Alabama. Six-grader Lu just wants to get along with everyone, but tensions will not let Lu stay neutral about the racial divide in school. Her old friends have been changing lately, acting boy crazy & making snide remarks about Lu’s newfound talent for running track. Lu’s secret hope for a new friend is fellow runner Belinda Gresham, but blacks and whites don’t mix. Will Lu find the gumption to stand up for what’s right, and find friends who will stand with her? Ages 8-12

by Gordon Korman

Chase does not remember falling off the roof, in fact he does not remember anything about himself, and when he gets back to middle school he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids–trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed, but can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life? Ages 8-12

Give Me Back My Book!
by Travis Foster

Two friends, Redd and Bloo, argue over the possession of one special book with a green cover, hard cover, a nice spine, and pages turn from right to left–but unite when Bookworm walks off with it. Ages 5-8

Feelings can be complicated, and learning to express them is a skill that must be developed. This book explores the four main emotions, the reasons why we feel them, and the science behind each one. Such as what happens in their brain when they are happy, why they cry when they are sad, and why they sometimes feel nervous. Ages 7-10