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Storybooks that Promote Children’s Social-Emotional
Books are a fantastic resource to teach concepts and launch abstract
Stop in between pages to talk about the
story, the character’s perspective and feelings. Use
picture books to grow children’s emotional literacy, learn about
perspective and how determine the cause of problem and possible
solutions. Here’s a quick list to get you started!
Good Night Already! (Talk about
self-control; emotional regulation, learning to wait; impulse
control) John, J. & Davies, B. Bear wants to go to sleep
and duck wants to hang out. How will bear get to sleep?
SHH! We Have a Plan. (Discuss perspective
taking, flexible thinking, analyze cause of problem)
Haughton, C. Four Friends creep through the woods, hoping to catch a
bird. Shhh…they have a plan.
Oh No George! (Teach emotional control,
impulse control and empathy) Haughton, C. George is a big dog
with good intentions. But when George sees a delicious cake sitting
on the counter….his resolve starts to waiver. What will George do?
The Very Cranky Bear. Bland, N.
(Review empathy, perspective taking and reaching out to help
others) Zebra, Moose, and Lion wrongly assume that what
makes them happy will also put a cranky bear in a better mood.
Sheep succeeds in soothing Bear by listening and responding to his
Maisy Cleans Up. Collins, L. (Talk
being responsible, self-efficacy, impulse control) Maisy and
Charley wait until they finish their chores to eat their cupcake.
A Boy and a Bear. Lite, L. (Learning
how to relax; emotional regulation) A boy and a polar bear
demonstrate how to relax with deep breaths.
Bears on Chairs. Parenteau, S. (Learn
about analyzing problems, about flexible thinking, emotions)
Four little bears use flexible thinking to include big bear in their
A Pocket Full of Kisses. Penn, A.
(Talk about self-efficacy, emotional regulation, self-control)
Mother raccoon gives her child a way to soothe himself when he
says goodbye and goes to school.
A Tale of Two Beasts. Roberts, F.
(Understanding perspective taking, empathy, cultural differences) Every
story has two sides. This two part story cleverly shows our
assumptions about another may not be true.
Duck on a Bike. Shannon, D. (Learn
about different opinions, perspectives, emotion, reaching out to
others) The farmyard animals have different reactions and
express a range of thoughts and feelings as they watch Duck peddle
past on the bicycle.
Run Turkey Run! Mayr, D (Teach
empathy and reaching out to others)Can turkey find a place to
hide from the farmer who is looking for a plump bird for his
family’s Thanksgiving? Will the other farm animals help Turkey?
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Epstein is a 28 veteran speech language pathologist. She is
the owner and clinical director of Laguna Beach Language Speech
Clinic and can be reached at
Lynn Epstein, MS,
Laguna Beach Language Speech Clinic
949 715 5845 phone/fax
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