Social and Emotional Learning Books

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Social and Emotional Learning Books for Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is integral to classroom culture and students’ overall well-being. Students need to engage with texts that allow them to view characters who encounter challenges and deal with their feelings in complex ways. Support social and emotional learning with these diverse books that build a positive sense of self and help children effectively apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, and establish and maintain respectful relationships. Browse our books or delve deeper into our curated collections:

Looking for more tools to support SEL? Download our printable Social and Emotional Learning Diverse Reading List and browse our Social and Emotional Learning Book Collection.

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Ghosts for Breakfast

By Stanley Todd Terasaki

Illustrated by Shelly Shinjo

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Joshua's Masai Mask

By Dakari Hru

Illustrated by Anna Rich

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Grandma's Purple Flowers

By Adjoa J. Burrowes

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Baby Born

By Anastasia Suen

Illustrated by Chih-Wei Chang

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The Blue Roses

By Linda Boyden

Illustrated by Amy Córdova

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Goldfish and Chrysanthemums

By Andrea Cheng

Illustrated by Michelle Chang

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Elizabeti's Doll

By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Illustrated by Christy Hale

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Arrorró, mi niño

By Lulu Delacre

Illustrated by Lulu Delacre

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Jazz Baby

By Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Laura Freeman

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Bein' with You This Way

By W. Nikola-Lisa

Illustrated by Michael Bryant

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Hiromi's Hands

By Lynne Barasch

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The Have a Good Day Cafe

By Frances Park

Illustrated by Katherine Potter

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Flowers From Mariko

By Rick Noguchi

Illustrated by Michelle Reiko Kumata

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The Bus Ride

By William Miller

Illustrated by John Ward

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Destiny's Gift

By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Illustrated by Adjoa J. Burrowes