Special Booklists

Social & Emotional Learning Through Literature

Great children’s literature, like other powerful art forms, enables young people to envision and emotionally connect to events and life experiences that may be the same or quite different than their own. For example, stories about individuals who have been marginalized because of class, race, gender, family organization, nationality, immigration status, physical, social or mental disorders, gender identification, and sexual orientation allow readers to tap into the universality of such characters rather than viewing them as “the other.” In a world where national and global conversations about the human condition are often one-dimensional, we hope that the literature presented here will lead to conversations that build positive social interactions and change.

Theme One: Accepting One Another, Fitting In, and Identity

Theme Two: Bullying and Teasing