Social and Emotional Learning for Picture Book Readers (AASL Standards–Based Learning Series)

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Learners encounter social and emotional challenges every day. Some rise to the demands, while others struggle. Social and emotional learning (SEL) lessons can help all learners thrive. Busy school librarians and educators who appreciate the power of teaching with picture books will celebrate this all-in-one text designed to promote SEL through the school library.

Social and Emotional Learning for Picture Book Readers spotlights 24 compelling picture books with ready-to-go lesson plans that support social and emotional learning (SEL) through the National School Library Standards. Each chapter focuses on one SEL theme to help learners practice targeted social-emotional skills. Learners will develop skills in solving problems, building relationships, working in teams, recognizing and managing feelings, and engaging ethically. Most lessons can be taught in a single class period and provide 

  • picture books as mentor texts supporting SEL lessons and curriculum; 
  • AASL Standards-alignments with detailed instructions, making planning a breeze; and 
  • anchor charts, discussion questions, and worksheets to help facilitate SEL activities.


Chapter 1: Problem Solving
How Can I Work Through Problems to Reach My Goals?
Why Do We Take Time to Reflect When Problem Solving?
How Can I Use Background Knowledge to Solve Problems?
Different Is OK

Chapter 2: Building Relationships 
What Happens When We Engage with New People?
Why Do Different Opinions Matter?
Why Should I Engage with Different People?
How Does Learning about World Cultures Enrich Us?

Chapter 3: Working in Teams 
What Happens When People with Different Ideas Collaborate?
What Does It Take to Be a Part of a Collaborative Team?
How Can We Work Together to Make a Difference?
How Can We Develop Ideas to Take Action?

Chapter 4: Developing a Sense of Purpose
What Can I Become?
Why Is It Important to See Black Joy in Books? 
What Does Ambition Look Like?

Chapter 5: Recognizing and Managing Feelings
How Do I Respond to Challenges?
How Can I Design a Strategy to Help Regulate My Emotions?
How Can I Get Better at Managing My Thoughts?
What Can I Do When I Feel Angry?
How Does It Feel to Try?
How Can We Work Through Fear to Make Dreams Come True?

Chapter 6: Engaging Ethically
What Is My Purpose for Manipulating a Photo?
How Can I Take Care of Myself When Reading Websites?
How Can I Be a Respectful Digital Citizen?


  • Appendix A: Supplemental SEL Picture Book List
  • Appendix B: Online Resources


Maureen Schlosser

Maureen Schlosser is a retired school librarian, author of Social and Emotional Learning for Picture Book Readers, and co-author of Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. She also blogs for Knowledge Quest and Library Lessons. She was the co-chair of the Nutmeg Book Award and has presented at state and national library conferences. Her articles about integrating the arts with library lessons and advocacy were published in library journals.

"The lessons, which align with the AASL Standards, are highly detailed and offer step-by-step instructions and discussion questions, as well as resources like anchor charts, activities, and worksheets. While the lessons are clearly directed towards the elementary level, they are easily adaptable based on the age of different learners ... With the growing emphasis on SEL in schools, this book is a valuable resource for librarians supporting this important work."
— School Library Journal (starred review)