School is back in session! Although many aspects of learning may look and feel different, the significance of positive social skills remains the same. In fact, now more than ever, it’s important to be a friend, share, and learn how to “stand in someone else’s shoes.” Check out some of our favorite books to help your little one develop social skills that will build awareness and understanding.
1. What Should Danny Do?
Written in a “Choose Your Own Story” style, this tale follows Danny, a Superhero-in-Training, through his day. As his day unfolds, Danny encounters choices many kids face on a daily basis. Throughout the different story lines, children will begin to realize that their choices for Danny shape his day. A fun and interactive book to educate kids on the power of positive choices!
2. Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners
Mr. Rabbit is nervous about his new neighbors, the Otters! He doesn’t know anything about otters, and wonders if they will be friends. Thankfully, Mr. Owl teaches Mr. Rabbit about the golden rule- to be a good friend and neighbor simply treat otters the same way you’d like for them to treat you!
3. How Do I Stand in Your Shoes?
Miranda Peabody is running out of patience. She cannot understand why the other students in her class are not as smart or talented as she is. Her teacher suggests that she try to better understand others by “standing in their shoes.” Miranda is very confused by this challenge. With time, she learns the importance of gaining perspective and having empathy for others. Bonus! Flip to the back for discussion questions as well as activities to enhance learning about empathy (grades PK-4).
4. Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker
Lacey loves to talk, however all of that talking leaves little time for listening. One day, Lacey loses her voice and is forced to be quiet. While unable to talk, she discovers that her non-stop talking has caused her to miss out on things. Share this fun story to educate your little one on the importance of listening to others.
5. Just Because: Where Another Point of View Makes a Better You!
Why is it important to share, take action, and understand another person’s point of view? This character-building tale answers this question while promoting the importance of making a difference in your community. Readers will discover how easy it is to give back to a community while seeing things from a different perspective.
6. Clark the Shark
Clark is a shark full of energy! Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Although they love his positive attitude, Clark’s enthusiasm can become overwhelming for his classmates. Clark’s teacher helps him to discover the importance of indoor voices and others’ personal space.
7. The Invisible Boy
Brian feels invisible. Nobody seems to notice him or include him in their group, game, or birthday party-until a new kid comes to class! When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian makes an extra effort to ensure he feels welcomed. The two pair up, and Brian finds a way to shine! This heart-warming story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. A perfect tale for the start of the school year, no matter what it looks like to you!
8. How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow
The Sun and Clouds are best friends, but one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. Without these two, rainbows cannot shine! Without rainbows, color starts to disappear until everything was black and white. Determined to see the world in color again, crayons work together to mend the Sun and Cloud’s friendship!
9. Llama Llama Time to Share
The Llama Llama series is well-loved, and this story is no exception! Llama Llama’s new neighbors stop by for a play date, however the fun quickly turns to tears. Mama comes to the rescue when Llama Llama is struggling to share his favorite toy. This is a must read for any kiddo needing extra encouragement with sharing!
10. Caspian Finds a Friend
Caspian lives in a lighthouse surrounded by the sea. Lonely, he spends each day watching and wishing for a friend, yet no one comes. Finally, Caspian decides that wishing is not enough and embarks on an adventure towards discovering the friendship he’s always dreamt of. Through beautiful illustrations and rhythmic text, Caspian will teach your little one that the power to change our world lies within ourselves.
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