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Manners & Feelings & Social Skills
Convincing books for little ones learning social skills--not preachy or contrived, but ones kids can identify with. I'll keep adding to the list as I come across more.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Martha doesn't share! /
Martha doesn't share!
Berger, Samantha
Easy Picture BookBERGER
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Cover Art: On those runaway days /
On those runaway days
Feigh, Alison.
In this book, the protagonist identifies his feelings and goes through specific steps to soothe and calm himself down and get ready to talk about them. I think this could be an effective read even with kids as old as 9. I love how naturally and non-stiltedly it models the process for readers.
Children's Nonfiction BookHV713 .F45 2008
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Cover Art: No more biting for billy goat! /
No more biting for billy goat!
Ford, Bernette G.
Easy Picture BookFORD
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Cover Art: You and me ABC /
You and me ABC
Gillis, Jennifer Blizin, 1950-
A basic A-Z of manners, good citizenship, etc, that happily doesn't come off as preachy. Doesn't target any specific issue, but gives a quick gloss on a variety of social skills. Would work one-on-one or as a classroom read aloud (preK, K--1st grade max)
Easy Fiction 395.122 G
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Cover Art: I call my hand gentle /
I call my hand gentle
Haan, Amanda.
Nice, simple text and illustrations about the wonderful things hands can do and the not-so-good things we won't choose to do with our hands. Would be a good read-aloud for a teacher on the first day of preschool or kindergarten, and equally good to share with a child one on one.
Easy Picture BookHAAN
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Cover Art: How humans make friends /
How humans make friends
Leedy, Loreen.
A good book to share one-on-one with a child--little details make it too much for a group read. By observing humans, an alien explains to an alien audience about human friendships. What sorts of things do friends talk about? What sorts of things do friends do to get along well together? What sorts of things can lead to conflict in friendships (being bossy or selfish, breaking promises, being untrustworthy, etc)? What helps to end the conflict (admitting mistakes: with examples, apologizing: with examples)? What are some different kinds of friends (casual, activity, close, long-distance)? A good, practical guide that should be really helpful for kids who don't automatically grok friendship.
Easy Fiction 158.25 L
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Cover Art: Cool down and work through anger /
Cool down and work through anger
Meiners, Cheri J., 1957-
Easy Fiction 152.47 M 2010
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Cover Art: Emma's friendwich : social skills, making friends /
Emma's friendwich : social skills, making friends
Murphy, Stuart J., 1942-
A short, simple book that sees main character Emma, who's just moved to a new town and does not yet have any friends, working out the steps she can take to meet, be invited to play with, and break through awkward silences with a neighbor her own age. "Maybe if I smile...Maybe if I ask...Maybe if I help..."
Easy Picture BookMURPHY
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Cover Art: Emily's magic words /
Emily's magic words
Senning, Cindy Post.
Easy Fiction 395.122 P
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