Books with SEL topics, such as developing friendships and identifying emotions, help teach these skills. A classroom library can provide a wealth of stories for modeling and reflecting on SEL skills and behaviors.
Use It in the Classroom
By incorporating books with SEL lessons, teachers can stimulate discussion on complex topics, such as Emotion and Social Awareness and Relationship Skills, through the lens of a character, allowing students a safe space to reflect and learn. This can also convey the power of books to transport, connect, and challenge students with different experiences, further developing students' Background Knowledge.
Design It into Your Product
Digital libraries can include a section of books dedicated to SEL topics, as Booksource has done. This allows teachers and students to easily search and find titles that are relevant to them and/or focused on specific SEL skills.