SEL Books for Children

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) helps children and adults build social skills. After the pandemic, it has become more difficult to improve social skills among students. SEL books for children are more important now than ever!

What exactly is SEL?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. People with strong SEL skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. SEL skills provide a foundation for long lasting positive effects.

Why is SEL important?

When students have limited social-emotional skills, they’re more likely to struggle when they face a new challenge or conflict. A lack of social-emotional skills can even cause students to drop out.

SEL skills can help improve:

  1. class environment
  2. boost motivation
  3. develop strong cognitive skills
  4. behavior problems
  5. mental health
  6. encourage empathy.

Three New SEL Books

What does Brave Look Like?

We have all heard the expression, “That was brave,” but do you really know what brave means? Being brave means doing something even though you may feel scared. You use your bravery in many ways, such as trying something new, like riding a bicycle without training wheels, or meeting someone new, or even sleeping alone in your own room. You may feel scared or nervous at first, but once you learn to be brave, you will begin to feel proud and confident. 

Listening is Hard

Like many of us, Leo has a difficult time listening. He gets distracted easily and loses focus. After getting some advice from his friends, Leo learns that listening is not as hard as he thought. It just takes a little work and the ability to recognize the signs when your mind starts to wander. Read along and discover how Leo learns to listen.

Labels are for Food, Not People

Labels are helpful when you are at the grocery store. They let us know what is inside the can, box, or bag we want to buy. But labels are not for people. Before we label someone as bad, it is important to think. Read along and learn some things you can do to try to be more tolerant.

All three books were developed along with a consultant focused on relational education services, this new series from Little Hippo Books features social emotional topics such as making mistakes, learning to be brave, asking for help, understanding your feelings, and more. It is designed to help children understand and learn about themselves and the people around them. Each book comes with discussion questions and activities to encourage children to practice what they learned.

Thoughts …

SEL books for children and related activities help students better cope with emotional stress, solve problems, and avoid peer pressure to engage in harmful activities. I strongly believe that children need to hear all kinds of stories. I enjoyed writing these books and I hope they make a difference in a child’s life. We all want our children to be successful and SEL skills are key!

With gratitude …

I am so glad you’re here. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I am grateful that I can share my writing journey with you. It is an endless journey of learning and growing. A journey that I am enjoying. 

I am now booking author visits for the 2023 -2024 school year. If you are a classroom teacher, teacher assistant, Parent Teacher Association President, or After school Director I can work with you to create a visit that will meet the needs of your students. Please contact me to book your visit. 

My website has been updated. There are surprises everywhere. Click on the balloons and see where they take you. Can you find two writing videos? New Freebies? A chocolate chip recipe? There’s even a special freebie to anyone who subscribes to my monthly newsletter. I have a number of resources for childrenparents and teachers that librarians and homeschooling families can download and use. 

A Call to Action … 

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