SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH #4Mind4Body

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month and subsequently Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, is making a revival in educational trends. Kristen Fuller, M.D. with Psychology Today highlights data that shows how mental health affects our youth today. Fuller states, “Approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental health disorder at some point during their lifetime. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%” (Fuller, 2018).  Schools are responding to the importance of SEL as well. “90% of K–12 school district leaders have already invested in social-emotional learning products, or plan to do so over the 2019–2020 school year, according to Education Week’s 2018 survey of 500+ district administrators” (Committee for Children, 2019). Many school districts also incorporate the The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning standards and frameworks into their curriculum that provide research-based approaches to incorporating SEL into classroom instruction K-12 (CASEL, 2019). Mental Health America released their slogan #4Mind4Body for the 2019 Mental Health Awareness Month. This slogan focuses on developing healthy habits of the mind as well as the body, as they work together in tandem for overall well- being (Mental Health America, 2019). Some publishers are listening to these trends and have presented a vast new inventory of titles that help promote social and emotional learning. When incorporating SEL content into the classroom, there are many great new titles that can spark conversation around mental health and developing skills for a healthy mind and body.

20 Books for Social Emotional Learning


     DONT TOUCH MY HAIR

DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR! by MILLER, SHAREE

A picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair.

 

 

 


BREATHE LIKE A BEAR

 

BREATHE LIKE A BEAR : 30 MINDFUL MOMENTS FOR KIDS TO FEEL CA by WILLEY, KIRA

Offers children thirty guided mindfulness exercises designed to make them feel more focused,positive, and relaxed.

 

 

 

 


THE DAY YOU BEGIN

 

DAY YOU BEGIN by WOODSON, JACQUELINE

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

 

 

 


I AM PEACE

 

I AM PEACE : A BOOK OF MINDFULNESS by VERDE, SUSAN

Simple text and color illustrations introduce the practice of mindfulness to children to help them handle their emotions, anxiety, busy lives, and stress. Includes a guided meditation.

 

 

 


JAMIE IS JAMIE

 

JAMIE IS JAMIE : A BOOK ABOUT BEING YOURSELF AND PLAYING YOU by MORADIAN, AFSANEH

There are so many fun things to play with at Jamie’s new preschool– baby dolls to care for, toy cars to drive–and Jamie wants to play with them all! But the other children are confused . . . is Jamie a boy or a girl? Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren’t they? Not according to Jamie! This book challenges gender stereotypes, shows readers that playing is fundamental to learning, and reinforces the idea that all chil­dren need the freedom to play unencumbered.

 

 


                        I WALK WITH VANESSA

 I WALK WITH VANESSA : A STORY ABOUT A SIMPLE ACT OF KINDNESS by KERASCOET

After seeing the new girl, Vanessa, being bullied on her way home from school, a young girl comes up with a way to make Vanessa feel welcomed that eventually grows to involve the whole school. This story is told through illustration in wordless picture book format.

 

 


SEL TITLES

ROSIE’S GLASSES by Whamond, Dave

A wordless picture book that shows a young girl in a bad mood seeing all the sadness around her until she happens upon a pair of magical glasses that allows her to see the good things.

 

 

 


A MORNING WITH GRANDPA

MORNING WITH GRANDPA by LIU, SYLVIA

A curious and active Asian American little girl spends the day learning tai chi from her grandfather, and in turn tries to teach him how to do yoga.

 

 

 

 


WE ARE NOT FRIENDS

WE ARE (NOT) FRIENDS by KANG, ANNA

Two fuzzy friends are having a fun playdate when a new pal hops in. As the day continues, each friend feels left out at times. It isn’t so easy to figure out how to act when everything seems to change

 

 

 

 


HARRISON DWIGHT BALLERINA AND KNIGHT

HARRISON DWIGHT, BALLERINA AND KNIGHT by MACFARLANE, RACHAEL

Harrison Dwight, Ballerina and Knight follows a young boy as he cycles through various feelings he experiences in every day life. Harrison feels happiness, sadness, pride, fear, joy, anger, and courage—all while playing and imagining without limitation! With Harrison Dwight, boys everywhere will feel empowered to play in whatever way they choose and learn that it’s always okay to express what you’re feeling inside!

 


ONE DAY HOUSE

ONE DAY HOUSE by DURANGO, JULIA

When young Wilson visits his elderly friend and neighbor Gigi, he tells her all of the things he wants to do one day to help her improve her run-down house. He draws up his plans and inspires his ethnically diverse community to pitch in and make her house safe, neat, and pretty.

 

 

 


SWEETY

SWEETY by ZUILL, ANDREA

Sweety, an awkward naked mole rat, has an unusual look, including thick glasses and protruding front teeth, and unusual hobbies, like interpretive dance and a love of fungi. Her peers don’t get her, but her Aunt Ruth helps Sweety realize she’s pretty awesome the way she is and eventually she will find her people.

 


YOGA FROG

YOGA FROG by CARPENTER, NORA

When Yoga Frog wakes up in the morning, he shows young readers his yoga flow with various yoga poses from warming up to cooling down.

 

 

 

 


SECRET TO CLARAS CALM

SECRET TO CLARA’S CALM by LEVITT, TAMARA

Clara is a happy girl when things go her way. But when they don’t, Clara has a bad temper. After a particularly bad temper tantrum, Clara finds herself alone with no friends. Fortunately, Brodhi the bird appears and over the summer teaches Clara the secret to staying calm when things don’t go her way. Clara learns to meditate by closing her eyes, sitting still, and taking deep breaths. When school starts again and everything goes wrong, Clara uses her meditation techniques to stay calm and make good choices, earning her friends once again.

 

 

 


LION AND LARS

LIONS & LIARS by BEASLEY, KATE

Frederick Frederickson has a food-chain theory about life. There are lions, like the school bully. Gazelles, like the bullied kids. There are meerkats, and the fleas that live on the butts of meerkats. Frederick’s a flea. Fifth grade is off to a terrible start when Frederick is sent to a disciplinary camp for troublesome boys. His fellow troop mates—Nosebleed, Specs, The Professor, and little-yet-lethal Ant Bite—are terrifying. But in between trust-building exercises and midnight escape attempts, a tenuous friendship grows between them. Which is lucky, because a Category 5 hurricane is coming and everyone will have to work together—lions and fleas alike—to survive!

 

 


Coming Soon!

     JASPER AND OLLIE

JASPER & OLLIE by WILLAN, ALEX

Best friends Jasper and Ollie decide to go to the pool. On your mark, get set . . . WAIT! As Jasper races ahead–crashing into the mailman, speeding past the ice cream truck–Ollie takes his sweet time, pausing to admire a butterfly, smell a daisy, and help the mailman pick up his letters! Available May 28, 2019

 

 


EXCEPT WHEN THEY DONT

EXCEPT WHEN THEY DON’T by GEHL, LAURA

Children are often told by many different people about what toys they’re supposed to play with, what interests they should have, and who they should be simply because of their gender. This stereotype-breaking book invites children to examine what they’re told “boy” and “girl” activities are and encourages them to play with whatever they want to and to be exactly who they are! This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance. Available May 21, 2019


HERE AND NOW

HERE AND NOW by DENOS, JULIA

Explore identity and connection, inspire curiosity, and prompt engaging discussions about the here and now. Available September 3, 2019

 

 

 

 


GET UP STAND UP

 

GET UP, STAND UP by MARLEY, BOB

As a young girl goes on with her day in school, she comes across several instances of teasing and intimidation. But with loving action and some help from her friends, she’s able to make things right for herself and others. With exuberant pictures by John Jay Cabuay accompanying Marley’s iconic lyrics, Get Up, Stand Up is a vibrant testament to the power we all have to make a difference. Available September, 10 2019.

 

 

 


DAY SO GRAY DAY SO GRAY by LAMBA, MARIE

A winter’s day is transformed from bleak to beautiful by warm friendship and a new perspective in a gentle story that encourages the appreciation and celebration of cozy pleasures and quiet joys. Available October 29,2019

 

 

 

 

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FALL 2018 HEADSHOT

Ashley Gamlin M.S.

Classroom Specialist / Maker Education Specialist