Social and Emotional Learning Books


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:

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By W. Nikola-Lisa

Illustrated by 12 Outstanding American Artists


Children of Long Ago

By Lessie Jones Little

Illustrated by Jan Gilchrist


Drummer Boy of John John

By Mark Greenwood

Illustrated by Frané Lessac


Lakas and the Manilatown Fish

By Anthony Robles

Illustrated by Carl Angel


Maneki Neko

By Susan Lendroth

Illustrated by Kathryn Otoshi


Piecing Earth and Sky Together

By Nancy Raines Day

Illustrated by Genna Panzarella


To Swim in Our Own Pond

By Ngoc Dung Tran

Illustrated by Xuan-Quang Dang


El camino de Amelia

By Linda Jacobs Altman

Illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez


Say Hola to Spanish

By Susan Middleton Elya

Illustrated by Loretta Lopez


Say Hola to Spanish Otra Vez (Again!)

By Susan Middleton Elya

Illustrated by Loretta Lopez


Strong to the Hoop

By John Coy

Illustrated by Leslie Jean-Bart


Grandfather's Story Cloth

By Linda Gerdner

Illustrated by Stuart Loughridge


Two Mrs. Gibsons

By Toyomi Igus

Illustrated by Daryl Wells