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Growing Reader

12 Picture Books to Help Reintroduce Important Social Skills

by Dena McMurdie

Background illustration: robbin lee/Shutterstock

After the strange and isolating school year kids experienced in 2020-2021, you might be wondering how they’ll fare in the classroom this fall. Children missed out on some crucial aspects of being in school last year, and some of their social skills might be a little rusty as a result. Learning to be around friends, sit in a class, and be kind to others are essential skills that children will need to re-master as they head back to school. Here are several books that can help kids readjust to life with friends.