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Literature - Social Emotional Learning


The Cherokee County School District has created a model of Social and Emotional Learning. The CCSD model identifies five core competencies as skills students need to be successful in school and beyond: self-management, self-awareness, social awareness/empathy, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills.  Social and emotional competencies can be taught to children and the skills can be emphasized through literature.  Social and emotional skills can be explored through literature. 

The lists provided are recommended by educational researchers and are not meant to represent an exhaustive source. 


Elementary School: Click to download this list

7 Habits of Happy Kids
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
All Are Welcome
Be Kind
Bubble Gum Brain
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! Celebrating Diversity with Empathy Come With Me
Each Kindness
Empathy is My Superpower!
Enemy Pie
Feelings to Share
Grief is Like a Snowflake
Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Hey, Little Ant
How Kind!
How to be Comfortable in your own Feathers
Hygiene, You Stink
I am Enough
I Am Human
I Can't Find My Whatchamacallit!
I Walk With Vanessa
If You Plan a Seed
Just Feel
Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler
Last Stop on Market Street 
Listening with my Heart
Little Blue Truck
Lost and Found Cat
Making Friends is an Art
Most People
Otis and the Scarecrow
Pass it On
Perfectly You
Personal Space Camp
Planning isn't my Priority
Save Me a Seat
Soda Pop Head
SuperHeroes Club
Taste Your Words
The Ant Hill Disaster
The Anti-Test Anxiety Society
The Invisible Boy
The Judgmental Flower
The Monster Who Lost His Mean
The Rabbit Listened
The Story of Ferdinand
Those Shoes 
We’re All Wonders
Wilma Jean and the Worry Machine You, Me and Empathy

Middle School: Click to download list

Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle
Chess Rumble
Dear Martin
Does My Head Look Big In This?
Growing Peace:  A Story of Farming, Music, and Religious Harmony
I Am Alfonso Jones 
Marti's Song for Freedom
Rebel Seoul
Summer of the Mariposas
The Wind Called My Name
Tiny Stitches:  The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas
Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank
Yummy:  The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
Under the Mesquite

High School: Click to download list

Aristotle and Dente Discover the Secrets of the Universe
No Longer at Ease
Talking to Strangers
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Why We Sleep