Social and Emotional Learning Collection - SELNEWLIST

The Social and Emotional Learning Collection was created to showcase our popular, printable Social and Emotional Learning Diverse Reading List. This list was curated by our Literacy Specialist and is divided by Social Emotional Learning theme, including empathy, positive relationships, recognizing and managing emotions, problem solving, grit and perseverance, and perspective-taking.

The collection below includes diverse books that feature situations where students can recognize and respond to characters demonstrating empathy, having strong relationships with family and friends, and looking at the world through another’s eyes. These exemplar texts, all educator favorites, will help you model and explore strategies for tackling challenges and building community. 

Download the Social and Emotional Learning Diverse Reading List and browse the included books below!

Social and Emotional Learning Collection (60 Books): $884.00

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Themes

Nonfiction, Middle Grade, Slavery, Similarities and Differences, Siblings, Sharing & Giving, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Responsibility, Poetry, Overcoming Obstacles, Native American Interest, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, History, Heroism, Grandparents, Friendship, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Cultural Diversity, Coping with Death, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Bullying, Breaking Gender Barriers, African/African American Interest, Biracial/Multiracial Interest, Biography/Memoir, Bilingual, Asian/Asian American Interest, Adoption, Empathy/Compassion, Human Impact On Environment/Environmental Sustainability , Integrity/Honesty , Optimism/Enthusiasm, Persistence/Grit, Realistic Fiction, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride, Inventors / Inventions, Courage, Tolerance/Acceptance, Collaboration, Kindness/Caring, Diversity

Included formats shown below in BOLD

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Sam and the Lucky Money

By Chinn

Illustrated by Wright / Hu

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 3

AR Level: 3.6 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD660L
SRC: 3.5
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Benji, the Bad Day, and Me

By Pla

Illustrated by Min

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: K - 4

DRA: 24

HC: $18.95
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The Crane Girl

By Manley

Illustrated by Wang

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 4

Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 40

HC: $19.95
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The Can Man

By Williams

Illustrated by Orback

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 5

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD630L
SRC: 2.5
DRA: 38

PB: $11.95
6PK: $71.70
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Lend a Hand

By Frank

Illustrated by Ladd

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 5

AR Level: 4.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NP
DRA: 28

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Goldfish and Chrysanthemums

By Cheng

Photographed by Chang

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 3

AR Level: 3.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD610L
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Twenty-two Cents

By Yoo

Illustrated by Akib

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 3 - 6

AR Level: 6.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 1010L
SRC: 8.6
DRA: 50

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Under the Mesquite

By McCall

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: X
Grade Level: 6
Interest Level: 6 - 12

AR Level: 5.7 - 3.0
Lexile Level: 990L
SRC: 8.4
DRA: 60

HC: $19.95
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A Morning with Grandpa

By Liu

Illustrated by Forshay

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

Lexile Level: AD570L
DRA: 28

HC: $17.95
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Elizabeti's Doll

By Stuve-Bodeen

Illustrated by Hale

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: J
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: PreK - 2

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD560L
SRC: 4.6
DRA: 18

PB: $10.95
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The Perfect Gift

By Yoo

Illustrated by Ng-Benitez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: I
Grade Level: K
Interest Level: K - 2

AR Level: 2.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 470L
DRA: 16

PB: $5.95
HC: $14.95
6PK: $35.70
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The Story I'll Tell

By Ling

by Lanan

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 4

AR Level: 3.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD670L
DRA: 30

HC: $17.95
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Love Twelve Miles Long

By Armand

Illustrated by Bootman

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 6

AR Level: 3.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD530L
DRA: 44

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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The Legend of Freedom Hill

By Altman

Illustrated by Wright / Hu

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 4

AR Level: 4.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 940L
SRC: 3.8
DRA: 44

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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The Hula-Hoopin' Queen

By Godin

by Brantley-Newton

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 5

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 2.4
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia

By Garza

Illustrated by Garza

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Q
Spanish Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 6

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD660L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Summer of the Mariposas

By McCall

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Z
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 6 - College

AR Level: 5.4 - 13.0
Lexile Level: 840L
SRC: 5.5
DRA: 80

PB: $12.95
EBOOK: $7.99
6PK: $77.70
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Rebel Seoul

By Oh

Guided Reading: Z+
Grade Level: 7
Interest Level: 7 - 12

AR Level: 5.2 - 13.0
Lexile Level: HL730L
DRA: 80

HC: $19.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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Calling the Water Drum

By Redding

Illustrated by Boyd

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: PreK - 5

Lexile Level: AD550L
DRA: 38

HC: $17.95
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Juna's Jar

By Bahk

Illustrated by Hoshino

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 4

AR Level: 3.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD540L
DRA: 24

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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The Happiest Tree

By Krishnaswami

Illustrated by Jeyaveeran

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

AR Level: 3.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD510L
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Moony Luna / Luna, Lunita Lunera

By Argueta

Illustrated by Gómez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: K
Spanish Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 2 - 4

AR Level: 2.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 20

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Gettin' Through Thursday

By Cooper

Illustrated by Bennett

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 4

AR Level: 3.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 680L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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My Diary from Here to There / Mi diario de aqui hasta allá

By Pérez

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Spanish Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5

AR Level: 4.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 780L
SRC: 3.4
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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The Three Lucys

By Charara

Illustrated by Kahn

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 7

AR Level: 3.6 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 38

HC: $18.95
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Kiki's Journey

By Orona-Ramirez

Illustrated by Day

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 5

AR Level: 4.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD710L
SRC: 5.2
DRA: 40

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Bird

By Elliott

Illustrated by Strickland

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 8

AR Level: 3.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 3.4
DRA: 40

PB: $12.95
6PK: $77.70
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Chess Rumble

By Neri

Illustrated by Watson

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 3 - 8

AR Level: 3.5 - 1.0
Lexile Level: 690L
SRC: 3.7
DRA: 50

PB: $12.95
6PK: $77.70
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The Turtle Ship

By Rhee

Illustrated by Kong-Savage

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 5

DRA: 34

HC: $17.95
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Destiny's Gift

By Tarpley

Illustrated by Burrowes

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 4

AR Level: 4.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD690L
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris

By Marshall

Illustrated by Chavarri

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 4

Lexile Level: AD580L
DRA: 38

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Finding the Music / En pos de la música

By Torres

by Alarcão

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5

AR Level: 3.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD660L
DRA: 38

PB: $11.95
6PK: $71.70
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The Mangrove Tree

By Roth / Trumbore

Illustrated by Roth

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6

AR Level: 6.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NC1190L
SRC: 10.8
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Hammering for Freedom

By Hubbard

Illustrated by Holyfield

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 2 - 7

Lexile Level: 870L
DRA: 44

HC: $17.95
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Seeds of Change

By Johnson

Illustrated by Sadler

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: S
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 6

AR Level: 4.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 820L
SRC: 5.4
DRA: 40

HC: $18.95
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The Story of World War II Hero Irena Sendler

By Vaughan

Illustrated by Mazellan

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Y
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 3 - 7

DRA: 60

PB: $8.95
6PK: $53.70
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Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad

By Otheguy

Illustrated by Vidal

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: W
Spanish Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 2 - 8

AR Level: 5.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 1000L
DRA: 60

HC: $18.95
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The Wind Called My Name

By Sanchez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 4 - 8

AR Level: 4.4 - 8.0
Lexile Level: HL700L
DRA: 50

HC: $18.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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George Crum and the Saratoga Chip

By Taylor

Illustrated by Morrison

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5

AR Level: 5.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD910L
SRC: 4.7
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee!

By Loney

Illustrated by Mallett

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: S
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 970L
DRA: 40

HC: $19.95
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Catching the Moon

By Hubbard

Illustrated by DuBurke

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD640L
SRC: 3.4
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Drum, Chavi, Drum! / ¡Toca, Chavi, Toca!

By Dole

Illustrated by Tonel

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3

AR Level: 3.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 30

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Ira's Shakespeare Dream

By Armand

Illustrated by Cooper

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 8

AR Level: 5.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 780L
DRA: 44

HC: $19.95
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Midnight Teacher

By Halfmann

Illustrated by Ladd

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6

Lexile Level: 950L
DRA: 50

HC: $19.95
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Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh

By Krishnaswami

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 6

Lexile Level: 680L
DRA: 50

HC: $18.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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Home to Medicine Mountain

By Santiago

Illustrated by Lowry

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 5

AR Level: 4.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 620L
SRC: 3.5
DRA: 38

PB: $12.95
6PK: $77.70
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Tiny Stitches

By Hooks

Illustrated by Bootman

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 8

AR Level: 5.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 920L
DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
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Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

By Burgos

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 4 - 7

AR Level: 4.2 - 9.0
DRA: 50

HC: $18.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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Under My Hijab

By Khan

Illustrated by Jaleel

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: K
Grade Level: PreK
Interest Level: PreK - 3

Lexile Level: AD710L
DRA: 20

HC: $18.95
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Mamá the Alien/Mamá la extraterrestre

By Colato Laínez

Illustrated by Lacámara

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 4

Lexile Level: AD560L
DRA: 24

HC: $17.95
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Sparkle Boy

By Newman

Illustrated by Mola

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 3

Lexile Level: AD490L
DRA: 28

HC: $18.95
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A Full Moon is Rising

By Singer

Illustrated by Cairns

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 8

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NP
DRA: 40

PB: $12.95
CD: $12.95
6PK: $77.70
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A Man Called Raven

By Van Camp

Illustrated by Littlechild

Guided Reading: S
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5

AR Level: 3.3 - 0.5
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Poems in the Attic

By Grimes

Illustrated by Zunon

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 6

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NP
DRA: 30

HC: $19.95
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Just Like Me

By Artists

Illustrated by Artists

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: R
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 6

AR Level: 4.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD900L
SRC: 3.9
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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First Come the Zebra

By Barasch

Illustrated by Barasch

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 4

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 2.4
DRA: 40

PB: $11.95
6PK: $71.70
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Ahimsa

By Kelkar

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Z
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 7

AR Level: 5.3 - 8.0
Lexile Level: 830L
DRA: 80

HC: $20.95
EBOOK: $9.99
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Growing Peace

By Sobol

Photographed by Sobol

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 2 - 7

AR Level: 5.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 890L
DRA: 44

HC: $18.95
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Yummy

By Neri

Illustrated by DuBurke

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: V
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 5 - 12

AR Level: 3.4 - 1.0
Lexile Level: GN510L
SRC: 4.4
DRA: 50

PB: $16.95
6PK: $101.70
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I Am Alfonso Jones

By Medina

Illustrated by Jennings / Robinson

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Z+
Grade Level: 6
Interest Level: 6 - 12

Lexile Level: GN640L
DRA: 80

PB: $18.95
EBOOK: $9.99
6PK: $113.70