Grow a Socially and Emotionally Responsible Reader

February 7th, 2013 by melissa y.

As children’s book enthusiasts, we are the lucky recipients of all sorts of book related news and items from friends, colleagues and other book children’s book enthusiasts.  We enjoy receiving these little gifts, but we especially love sharing them with you, our readers! This list was sent by my school -psychologist friend and I am so happy to share it with you.

Here is a list of the top 25 books to help children build positive emotional and social relationships, put together by Open Circle.  “For 25 years, Open Circle has been helping children acquire the skills they need to build and maintain positive relationships. For many of those years, teachers have turned to children’s literature to deepen children’s understanding of themselves and others.  On the occasion of Open Circle’s 25th anniversary, we offer our “Top 25” children’s books that connect to social and emotional learning. Of the countless books that teachers use to shed light on such issues as friendship, inclusion, empathy, problem solving, or understanding differences, some titles stand out for being especially authentic and memorable. C.S. Lewis says, “We read to know we are not alone.” Like good friends, the books on this list are potential sources of comfort, validation, laughter, surprises, and new perspectives for children.”  (source:

Open Circle is a program of Wellesley Centers for Women.  Open Circle provides schools with curriculum and professional development for social and emotional learning (SEL).  They do this by focusing on two goals:  “strengthening students’ SEL skills related to self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, interpersonal relationships and problem-solving; and fostering safe, caring and highly-engaging classroom and school communities.” (source:

Open Circle is doing really important work for our children and for our communities and we thank them for this wonderful list!

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