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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Compound It All!

By Kim and Danny Adlerman

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Shanghai Messenger

By Andrea Cheng

Illustrated by Ed Young

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How We Are Smart

By W. Nikola-Lisa

Illustrated by Sean Qualls

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When the Horses Ride By

By Eloise Greenfield

Illustrated by Jan Gilchrist

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Howard Thurman's Great Hope

By Kai Issa

Illustrated by Arthur Dawson

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Tankborn

By Karen Sandler

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Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic

By Ginnie Lo

Illustrated by Beth Lo

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Dear Mrs. Parks

By Rosa Parks

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Drummer Boy of John John

By Mark Greenwood

Illustrated by Frané Lessac

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Tofu Quilt

By Ching Russell

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Lakas and the Manilatown Fish

By Anthony Robles

Illustrated by Carl Angel

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Dragonsong

By Russell Young

Illustrated by Civi Cheng

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I Love China

By Maywan Shen Krach

Illustrated by Youshan Tang