August 14

Picture Book Resources to support Personal Awareness and Responsibility and Social Responsibility Core Competencies (2)

Many of these titles will work in multiple categories, out-of-print or hard to find titles excluded. All titles currently available the Vanier Collection.

*See also Indigenous Titles to Support Personal and Social Core Competencies (1)

*See complete list of SEL resources

Personal Awareness and Responsibility: Self-Determination

Students who are personally aware and responsible have a sense of personal efficacy and growing confidence in a variety of situations. They value themselves, their ideas, and their accomplishments. They are able to express their needs and seek help when they need it, to find purpose and motivation and act on it, and to advocate for themselves.

Fuchsia Fierce – Christianne Jones

Bounce Back: Resilience – Cheri Meiners

A Tiger Tale – Mike Boldt

As A Boy – Plan International

Hooray For You – Marianne Richmond

Happy In Our Skin – Fran Manushkin

There’s No Such Thing as Little – LeUyen Pham

You Be You / Only One You – Linda Kranz

Feel Confident – Cheri Meiners

I Like Myself – Karen Beaumont

What’s So Bad about being an Only Child? – Carl Best

Sometimes Just One is Just Right – Gayle Byrne

There – Louise Fitzpatrick

Willow Finds a Way – Lana Bolton

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon – Patty Lovell

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Gles Andreae

The Dot – Peter Reynolds

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes – Mark Pett

I Have a Little Problem, said the Bear – Heinz Janisch

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do – Ashley Spires

It’s Okay to be Different – Todd Parr

We Are All Wonders – R.J. Palacio


Personal Awareness and Responsibility: Self-Regulation

Students who are personally aware and responsible take responsibility for their own choices and actions. They set goals, monitor progress, and understand and regulate their emotions. They are aware that learning involves patience and time. They are able to persevere in difficult situations, and to understand how their actions affect themselves and others.

The Way I Feel – Janan Cain

In My Heart – Jo Witek

A Bike Like Sergio’s – Maribeth Boelts

When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really Hurt / Gets Really Angry – Molly Bang

We Can Get Along – Lauren Payne

Meltdown – Jill Murphy

Everybody Feels Angry – Moira Butterfield

Stickley Makes a Mistake: A Frog’s Guide to Trying Again – Brenda Miles

Bossy Flossy – Paulette Bogan

Elliot – Julie Pearson

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen – Howard Binkow

Little Monkey Calms Down – Michael Dahl

When the Anger Ogre Visits – Andree Salom

Well, I Can Top That / Ricky Sticky Fingers / Lying Up A Storm /  – Julia Cook

I Can’t Believe You Said That!  / But It’s Not My Fault / Mouth is a Volcano- Julia Cook

Lacey Walker, Non- Stop Talker – Julia Cook

Bernice Gets Carried Away – Hannah Harrison

F is for Feelings – Goldie Millar

The Feelings Book – Todd Parr

The Great Big Book of Feelings – Mary Hoffman

How Do You Feel? Anthony Browne

Yesterday I had the Blues – Jeron Frame

How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? Jane Yolen

Happy – Mies Van Hout

Sam’s Pet Temper – Sangeeta Bhadra

Cool Down and Work Through Anger – Cheri Meiners

Angry is…- Connie Miller

You Get What You Get – Julie Gassman

The Most Magnificent Thing – Ashley Spires – perseverance

My Blue is Happy – Jessica Young

Cookies: Bite Size Life Lessons / One Smart Cookie – Amy Kraus Rosenthal

Noni is Nervous – Heather Hartt-Sussman

Personal Awareness and Responsibility: Well-Being

Students who are personally aware and responsible recognize how their decisions and actions affect their mental, physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual wellness, and take increasing responsibility for caring for themselves. They keep themselves healthy and physically active, manage stress, and express a sense of personal well-being. They make choices that contribute to their safety in their communities, including online interactions. They recognize the importance of happiness, and have strategies that help them find peace in challenging situations.

Move Your Mood – Brenda Miles

Brave as Can Be – Jo Witek

Have Courage – Cheri Meiners

Ooko – Esme Shapiro

The Color Thief: A Family’s Story of Depression – Andrew Peters

Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids – Maud Roegiers

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine – Julia Cook

What If..? Anthony Browne

Worries Go Away! Kew Gray

Some Bunny to Talk to: A Story about Going to Therapy – Cheryl Sterling

Monday, Wednesday and Every Other Weekend – Karen Stanton

Always Mom, Forever Dad – Jeanna Rowland

Red – Michael Hall

Not Every Princess – Jeffrey Bone

When I feel Worried – C. Spelman

I am Yoga – Susan Verde

Two Homes – Claire Masurel

The Pout-Pout Fish – Deborah Diesen

What Does it Mean to be Safe? – Rana DiOrio

Ahh’s Anger / Steps and Stones – Gail Silver

Happy, Healthy Ajay – Stuart Murphy

Two Bad Ants – Chris Van Allsburg

Bear Feels Sick – Karma Wilson

Dot – Zuckerberg

Isaac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers – Melanie Walsh

ADH – Me! – John Hutton

What Does it mean to be Present? Rana DiOrio

Social Responsibility: Contributing to the Community and Caring for the Environment

Students develop awareness and take responsibility for their social, physical, and natural environments by working independently and collaboratively for the benefit of others, communities, and the environment.

Pocket Change: Pitching in for a Better World – Michelle Mulder

Trash Talk – Michelle Mulder

Every Last Drop – Michele Mulder

Brilliant – Michelle Mulder

Down to earth – Nikki Tate

Responsible Decision Making – Shannon Welbourn

Last Stop on Market Street – Matt De La Pena

Maddi’s Fridge – Lois Brandt

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

One Plastic Bag – Isatou Ceesay

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – William Kamkwamba

What Does it mean to be Global? – Rana DiOrio

What Does it mean to be Green? – Rana DiOrio

The Curious Garden – Peter Brown

Because of an Acorn – Lola Schaefer

Watersong – Tim McCanna

What Matters – Alison Hughes

10 Things I Can Do To Help My World / My Green Day – Melanie Walsh

Social Responsibility: Solving Problems in Peaceful Ways

Students identify and develop an appreciation of different perspectives on issues; they generate, use, and evaluate strategies to resolve problems.

Zach Makes Mistakes – William Mulcahy

Step Forward with Problem Solving – Shannon Welbourn

Bossy Flossy – Paulette Bogan

Say No to Bullying – Loiuse Spilsbury

What Do You Do With a Problem? – Kobi Yamada

Tease Monster – Julia Cook

Bully Beans – Julia Cook

Virgil and Owen – Paulette Bogan

Talk And Work it out – Cheri Meiners

Enemy Pie – Derek Munson

The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt

Stuck – Oliver Jeffers

Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade – Justin Roberts

Up The Creek – Nicholas Old

Can I Play Too?  – Mo Willems

Stand Up and Speak Up  – Bob Sornson

Confessions of a Former Bully – Trudy Ludwig

Social Responsibility: Valuing Diversity

Students value diversity, defend human rights, advocate for others, and act with a sense of ethics in interactions, including online.

There’s a Cat in Our Class! – Jeanie Ransom

Perfect – Nicola Davies

What Makes Us Unique? – Diversity – Jillian Roberts

Why Are People Different Colours? – Emma Waddington

Step Forward with Integrity – Shannon Welbourn

Value and Accept Each Person – Cheri Meiners

Noni Speaks Up _ Heather Hartt-Sussman

Red – Michael Hall

Not Every Princess – Jeffrey Bone

I’m Like You, You’re Like Me – Cindy Gainer

Whoever You Are – Mem Fox

Lady in the Box – Ann McGovern

Same, Same but Different – Jenny Kostecki-Shaw

Shades of People – Shelley Rotner

Mirror – Jeannie Baker

Social Responsibility: Building Relationships

Students develop and maintain diverse, positive peer and intergenerational relationships in a variety of contexts.

Sign Up Here: A Story about Friendship – Kathryn Cole

What Does it Mean to be Kind? – Rana DiOrio

What James Said – Liz Rosenberg

Teamwork isn’t My Thing, and I Don’t Like to Share – Julia Cook

Making Friends is an Art – Julia Cook

Armond Goes to a Party: A Book about Asperger’s and Friendship

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Friends? Jane Yolen

With a Friend by Your Side – Barbara Kerley

If You Plant a Seed – Kadir Nelson

Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy – Bernadette Russell

I’m Here – Peter Reynolds

Friendship is Like a Seesaw – Shona Innes

Are you Empathetic Today – Kris Yankee

Have You Filled a Bucket Today / Fill a Bucket / Bucket Filling A-Z -Carol McCloud

Cowboys Can Be Kind – Timothy Knapman

Taking Turns / Playing Fair – K. Marsico

Fairness / Helpfulness / Integrity / Self-Discipline / Doing Your Best – Kimberly Pryor

Do Unto Otters – Laurie Keller

Invisible Boy – Trudy Ludwig

Join in and Play – Cheri Meiners

Each Kindness – Jacquline Woodson

Oddrey and the New Kid – Dave Whamond

One of Us – Peggy Moss

Friends – Mies Van Hout

Anthony Best – Davene Fahy

My Friend has Autism – Amanda Doering

Across the Alley – Richard Michelson

Let’s Make Friends – Janine Amos

All Kinds of Friends – Norma Simon







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Posted August 14, 2017 by acrosland in category Book Recommendations, Social Emotional Learning

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Anna Crosland Teacher-Librarian in B.C. Canada: MakerEd, Digital Creation with 1:1 iPads, 3D Printing, Social Emotional Learning, Mighty Girls and Women, Inclusiveness, Diversity and lots of Reading