Below is a collection of picture books to support Social and Emotional Learning.
‘Ruby Finds a Worry’ by By Tom Percival. Ruby loves playing and exploring the world around her. But one day, she notices a Worry hanging around. At first, she decides to ignore it, but it just grows bigger and bigger, and before long, it’s so huge that it’s all she can think about. An excellent teaching book about managing worry, which everyone has and which may come back sometimes but can get better if you share it with someone who can help you through it.
Here is yet another story about friendship ‘Little Elliot, Big City’ by Mike Curato. In this story, Elliot, a little elephant, lives in a big, busy city. The big crowded streets and tall buildings make him feel rather small. Little Elliot is good at finding solutions to problems when doing his chores at home. Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy and discovers something that is even better than cupcakes! What might that be? We wonder… what do you like to do with your friends? How do you have fun with your friends? How do you help and take care of your friends?
What do you do when you feel sad or when something terrible happens? What would you do if you notice someone else feeling sad? In this story, something terrible happens to Taylor. While he is trying to manage his feelings, his friends try to give him some solutions. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to work out his feelings, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives and something wonderful happens… Let’s read ‘The Rabbit Listened’ by Cori Doerrfeld
What does it mean to be kind? How might acts of kindness bring us together as a community? Author Todd Parr explores this concept through his picture book ‘The Kindness Book’.
-Approaches to Learning (ATL’s)
- express oneself using words and sentences
- practise empathy and care for others
- be respectful to others
- be aware of own and others’ feelings
- use strategies to problem-solve