Back to School Picture Books for Social and Emotional Learning in the Elementary Classroom

By Kaitlin Rotella, Manager, School Outreach
August 31, 2022

Social and emotional learning is critical to student success. As they begin to develop empathy and understanding for their peers and those around them, students are able to make connections, explore different perspectives, and contribute their own opinions thoughtfully and respectfully. These skills will create more harmonious classrooms, but will also support student growth for years to come. 

September is the perfect time to introduce concepts of social and emotional learning, as it will set the tone for the classroom for the entire school year. Check out these titles that are perfect for supporting students in broadening their emotional development.

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Summaries provided or adapted via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.