Working on Wellness: Books for Social Emotional Learning

Presented by: School Library Journal
Event Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 

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As young readers everywhere have been upended from their daily routines and isolated from peers, attention to social emotional development has never been so critical. Join publishing insiders as they share titles for kiddos that include strategies and stories to address mindfulness, self-awareness, and emotion management. Featured titles include:

Way Past Mad Sometimes being mad is more than a feeling. Keya is way past mad. Her little brother Nate messed up everything—even breakfast. When her best friend Hooper tries to help, Keya shouts, “I don’t even like you.” Now it’s up to Keya to find a different way past mad and to make things right. 

Calm: Mindfulness for Kids The perfect introduction to the practice of mindfulness, this book includes tips for mindful eating, scrapbooking, and even activities like a glitter jar to show how feelings work: sometimes they are muddled and other times they are clear and calm.

A Feel Better Book for Little Tears This rhyming book will help kids identify what it feels like to be sad and what they can do to respond to it. It offers suggestions such as talking about what makes you feel sad, imagining happy things, or crying as a way to let the emotion out.


Lisa White, Associate Manager, Marketing & Publicity, Albert Whitman & Company

Mike Ploetz, Associate Marketing Manager, Children's, DK 

Kristine Enderle, Editorial Director, Magination Press

Jason Wells, Marketing Director, Magination Press 


Rebecca Jozwiak, School Library Journal

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