We spend so much time as teachers and parents focusing on subjects and curriculum. While this is very important for our early learners, it is critical to introduce social-emotional topics. These Six Social-Emotional Read Alouds touch on managing emotions, inclusion, and self-awareness. Each picture book is beautifully written and includes captivating illustrations that encourage learners of all ages.
*Pair with our Feelings and Emotions Writing Centers
6 Social Emotional Read Alouds
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds is an amazing story about a discouraged art student.
This book touches on a very common theme of self-consciousness that everyone struggles with. It builds confidence and encourages self-expression through art.
The Color Monster
The Color Monster by Anna Llenas is a fun pop-up book on emotions.
The story is very helpful for the youngest learners and teaches how to separate different emotions. It gives each emotion a color and even gives examples of what they can look like.
In My Heart
In My Heart by Jo Witek is another incredible book on emotions and feelings.
A more in-depth look into the variety of feelings and how they all work together. The story helps children feel safe in their own emotions and how to manage them appropriately.
Thelma The Unicorn
Thelma The Unicorn by Aaron Blabey is a perfect confidence booster story! It is both funny and heartwarming.
The horse who becomes a unicorn quickly learns that staying true to who you are is always the best option.
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The Invisible Boy
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig needs to be read by everyone! It is an amazing story about a boy who goes unnoticed and starts to disappear.
As a new student starts to include him, his colors slowly return and his personality shines. The book teaches the importance of inclusion and acceptance.
Strictly No Elephants
Strictly No Elephants by Simon & Schuster is a beautiful story about the importance of including everyone.
A boy with an unusual pet gets left out of a new club. He teaches the readers how to respond to hurt feelings and how to turn any situation around for the better!
These six books are staples in our home and in my classroom. You are never too old for a picture book with a lesson to learn. Social-emotional learning should be a priority in every classroom! Happy reading!
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