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12 Picture Books to Help Reintroduce Important Social Skills
by Dena McMurdie
Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.
After the strange and isolating school year kids experienced in 2020-2021, you might be wondering how they’ll fare in the classroom this fall. Children missed out on some crucial aspects of being in school last year, and some of their social skills might be a little rusty as a result. Learning to be around friends, sit in a class, and be kind to others are essential skills that children will need to re-master as they head back to school. Here are several books that can help kids readjust to life with friends.
by D.J. Steinberg, illustrated by Ruth Hammond
After so much time apart from their friends, it’s a good idea to give children a refresher on how to treat each other. From the author of Kindergarten, Here I Come! comes this collection of sweet poems that show children the importance of kindness and consideration in the classroom and on the playground.
by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory, illustrated by Jane Chapman
This book by all-star athlete Tim Tebow celebrates children with special needs and prompts young readers to honor each other’s differences. It’s a beautiful reminder for all children (and adults) that everyone is unique and that the world is a better place because of that.
by Anna Kim
When Danbi goes to school in America for the first time, she feels out of place. But soon, she’s leading the other children in a game that includes everyone. This charming story is perfect for kids who have recently moved, haven’t been in a classroom for a long time, or feel like they don’t belong.
by Priscilla Burris
If your child is heading to preschool for the first time, this is a fantastic book to read with them before they go. Young readers will love this gentle primer on what to expect from their first experience in a classroom setting.
by Golden Books
Go back to school with Peppa Pig! This adorable activity book is perfect for kids in preschool and kindergarten and features activities, games, and stickers. They’ll love helping their favorite pig as she goes through the day-to-day routine of getting ready for and attending school.
by Amanda Robinson, LPC, RPT
After a year and a half of isolation, spending all day in a classroom full of people can be stressful for some children. Help your child manage their feelings of overwhelm, anger, and frustration with this insightful workbook. They’ll learn the tools they need to identify their feelings and work through them in a healthy way.
by Lula Bell, illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald
Kids can experience first-day jitters during a typical school year, and after the uncertainty of last year, they might feel even more nervous this fall. Kids who need encouragement will enjoy this sweet and funny story about a dinosaur and a mouse who both feel anxious about going to school. A fun plot twist at the end will reassure children that they aren’t the only ones nervous for the first day of school.
by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
I can’t think of a better life skill to help children readjust to life with friends than learning how to apologize. Whether the offense was intentional, accidental, or a misunderstanding, this humorous story shows kids examples of when and why to say “sorry.”
by Bea Birdsong, illustrated by Lucy Fleming
Post-pandemic life is full of friendship possibilities for children. A little girl explains to her mom what a best friend will look and act like in this adorable story. It’s a charming book about recognizing a kindred spirit and forging those easy bonds of friendship that children make.
by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
Children are often more sensitive to current events than adults recognize, and last year was especially stressful. This gorgeous picture book shares an uplifting and inclusive message that we all need right now. It portrays a diverse and happy school that welcomes everyone with open arms and kindness.
by Jane Chapman
This funny picture book is the perfect way to introduce the topic of consent and personal space to your child. When a furry, cuddly forest animal receives too many unwanted cuddles, he comes up with creative ways to get the other animals to leave him alone. It makes an excellent read-aloud for classroom settings or one-on-one.
by Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Colleen Larmour
Kids who feel out of practice with making friends will appreciate this upbeat story. As the new girl at her school, Sukie isn’t sure how to get to know the other kids. But as she gives and receives small acts of kindness every day, she finds that friendships grow naturally. It’s the perfect book to start the school year off on a high note.
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