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IST 605: SEL in children's literature

Resources and books that focus on social-emotional learning for elementary students.


Welcome to SEL (social-emotional learning) in children's literature!

Over the past few years, Social-Emotional Learning has had a strong presence in many elementary schools. Some schools have set times for instruction on these topics, such as the Second Step curriculum. With this rise of learning styles and material in the classroom, present and future educators must have a good understanding of how they can implement it in their classrooms. What better way to introduce complex topics than through a good book?

This guide is intended for college students in early childhood education programs. However, it may also be helpful for those already working in an elementary school, librarians in training, or those who love children's literature! 

This guide gives an overview of why SEL is used in the classroom, how literature can assist in SEL learning with young students, how emotions can be addressed through literature, and different book recommendations that address topics related to SEL learning. While browsing this guide, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!


*For your user experience, each section of this guide has a designated resource guide with links to the sources or the information needed to request a copy from the library. Enjoy!