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Using Picture Books to Enhance Children’s Social and Emotional Literacy

Using Picture Books to Enhance Children’s Social and Emotional Literacy

Susan Elswick



Children can struggle to engage with and articulate certain emotions, which can have a profound impact on their behaviour, confidence and ability to form relationships, follow instructions and perform tasks. This resource for teachers, therapists, counsellors and parents uses children's literature and some of its well-known characters, such as the Rainbow Fish and Stanley Yelnats IV from Holes, as a basis for practical activities that enable children to express and manage these emotions.

Social-emotional literacy training assists students in developing important life skills such as the ability to develop good relationships and empathy skills, as well as being able to understand, manage and communicate their own emotions. This book offers an introduction to social-emotional literacy, followed by activities related to emotions such as empathy, friendship, grief and self-esteem, aiming to embed this literacy training into daily school and home activities to increase children's chances of future success.

What a jewel of a tool for therapists, teachers, parents, and anyone who loves witnessing the healthy social-emotional development of our sweet kiddos! The concepts and practical exercises in this book are truly demonstrative of Dr. Elswick's depth and breadth of clinical and research experience. I can't wait to integrate this creative approach into my work with children and adolescents!
Madison L. Brunswick, LCSW, BCC
I was blown away by this book! The sheer quantity of resources is amazing, but the methodology of using these resources concurrently with clinicians, parents, and teachers is brilliant.
Jennifer Taylor, LCSW, RPT-S, Jennifer Taylor Play Therapy Services, Honolulu, HI
Susan Elswick is CEO of Behavior Services of the Mid-South LLC and an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis Department of Social Work.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Using Picture Books to Enhance Children's Social and Emotional Literacy by Susan Elswick 1
Chapter 1. Introduction to Social–Emotional Literacy 9
Chapter 2. Assessment and Progress Monitoring 23
Chapter 3. Empathy Skills 33
Chapter 4. Friendship/Social Skills 47
Chapter 5. Bullying/Conflict Resolution 65
Chapter 6. Grief/Loss 77
Chapter 7. Feelings/Emotional Literacy 85
Chapter 8. Facing Fears/Courage 99
Chapter 9. Being Truthful 109
Chapter 10. Uniqueness/Differences 115
Chapter 11. Self-Esteem 121
Chapter 12. Conclusion 129
Resources 131
References 133
Further Reading 137
Index 139
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