Social and Emotional Learning Books for Grades 3-6

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Social and Emotional Learning Books for Upper Elementary School

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process in which people of all ages recognize and manage emotions, make appropriate decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop and maintain positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviors. Social and Emotional Learning 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.

Our diverse and multicultural books support social and emotional learning in a culturally responsive environment that helps each student to feel seen, understood, and accepted. Books touch on themes like:

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Aani and the Tree Huggers

By Jeannine Atkins

Illustrated by Venantius J. Pinto

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Amelia's Road

By Linda Jacobs Altman

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez

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Janna and the Kings

By Patricia Smith

Illustrated by Aaron Boyd

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Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin

By Michelle Lord

Illustrated by Felicia Hoshino

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Destiny's Gift

By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Illustrated by Adjoa J. Burrowes

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Joe Louis, My Champion

By William Miller

Illustrated by Rodney S. Pate

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Juneteenth Jamboree

By Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Yvonne Buchanan

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Frederick Douglass

By William Miller

Illustrated by Cedric Lucas

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Love to Mamá

By Pat Mora

Illustrated by Paula Barragán

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¡Beisbol! Latino Baseball Pioneers and Legends

By Jonah Winter

Illustrated by Jonah Winter

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The Blue Roses

By Linda Boyden

Illustrated by Amy Córdova

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Love to Langston

By Tony Medina

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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Drumbeat in Our Feet

By Patricia A. Keeler

Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler

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The Have a Good Day Cafe

By Frances Park

Illustrated by Katherine Potter

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Goldfish and Chrysanthemums

By Andrea Cheng

Illustrated by Michelle Chang