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Books that Foster Social and Emotional Growth

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Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Wonderful picture books and first-chapter book recommendations to help your young child deal with social-emotional issues from Jennifer Miller, Ed.D.

Picture Books

 Ruby Finds A Worry by Tom Percival

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Ruby is a young child who develops a very small worry that slowly gets larger over time. It becomes so huge that it begins to overcrowd her happiness. At a park one day, she finds another child with a worry and discovers she’s not alone. After talking with each other about their problems, they both begin to feel better.

 Jack’s Worry by Sam Zuppardi

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 Jack's Worry is about a boy who loves playing the trumpet but can't seem to shake his nervousness at his first concert. The story is a perfect way to teach kids about anxiety or reassure them after stressful situations.

 “I Can Handle It” by Laurie Wright

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 A boy runs into a number of challenging situations and experiences emotions like frustration, disappointment, shame, and upset but he figures out multiple ways he can handle it and regain his calm and sense of control.

 Don’t Be Afraid, Little Pip by Karma Wilson

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 All of the young penguins are learning to swim but Pip is too scared to try. Instead Pip decides she will try and learn to fly. But as she tries to learn to fly, she realizes that swimming and flying just might require the same kind of courage and she has it.

 

First Chapter Books

 Dr. Brad Has Gone Mad! By Dan Gutman

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 An elementary school counselor wants everyone to just get along and stop arguing. Now he’s decided to turn everything upside down. The boys have to play with dolls. But girls have to play with action figures. And that’s just the beginning of Dr. Brad’s weird methods!

 Magic Tree House Series

Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne

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Jack and Annie magically transport through the Magic Tree House to Ancient Egypt and get lost in a pyramid. They find a ghost queen inside. She asks Jack and Annie to help her find the Book of the Dead so that she can go to the afterlife.

 Magic Tree House Series

The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne

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 Jack and Annie find a castle with a secret passage when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the Great Hall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guests.