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Growing Reader

Picture Books To Boost Social and Emotional Learning Skills

by Trudy Ludwig

I love librarian and author Molly Pearson’s description of picture books as “big ideas in small packages.” Stories are wonderful tools for homes and classrooms to strengthen children’s social and emotional learning (SEL) abilities (i.e., empathy, self-awareness, emotion regulation, problem-solving, and relationship skills).

Why is there such a strong need for these kinds of resources? Research studies show that SEL positively impacts academic performance, supportive relationships, mental wellness, and more. Feel free to use this list as your starting point for picture books that promote SEL skills in your young readers.