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Picture Books to Promote Social & Emotional Learning

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In addition to fostering in my children a love of books, proficiency with the written word, and familiarity with mathematical and scientific concepts, I would like to help my children develop social emotional skills, emotional intelligence, mindfulness or whatever you'd like to call it. But it can be tricky to figure out how to deliberately and explicitly talk to kids about these topics without it being forced and awkward. So I always have my eye out for a good picture book that will help my kids (and me) internalize some of these concepts and abilities. I love a good picture book that features or promotes:
resilienceemotional regulationanger managementlearning from failurecoping with anxietysocial skillsoptimismself-confidencegrowth mindset

Christina Rossetti - Poetry Picture Books

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We recently spent 6 weeks learning about and reading poetry by Christina Rossetti. Here were some of our favorite resources.

Given how frequently you find Rossetti's poetry in children's poetry anthologies, I was surprised how difficult it was to find a compilation of her work that I liked. I ending up purchasing two books for our studies because neither of the library systems I frequent had any decent Rossetti poetry volume or biography.


Bedtime Math - Short Stories and Puzzles You Can Enjoy as a Family

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Stories at bedtime is nothing new, but what about including math as part of your bedtime ritual? Or how about sneaking in a little 5 minutes of math fun any time of the day?

Stories of Math - Graphs, Fractions, Multiplication and Animals!

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Here are some favorite picture books we have been sharing as a family that play with math!

Which One Doesn't Belong? Perfect for Morning Time Math

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Here is one of our favorite math picture books to read during morning time, when I have all my kids together. 

12 Favorite Picture Books about the American Revolution to Read Aloud

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This past fall my three children and I spent months immersed in the American Revolution. This was in large part due to the amazing number of fabulous children's picture books about the period. Every week I brought home armfuls of new books from the library. The following list represents the cream of the crop out of the dozens and dozens of picture books we read, the books most beloved by me and my three kids (10, 8, and 6-years-old). All were read aloud by me to my book-loving, squirmy, silly children on the sofa. Many of these picture books feature additional fascinating historical information in the endnotes. We often read aloud these pages as well!

Picture Books Featuring Langston Hughes' Poetry

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The past couple of months we have been enjoying the poetry of Langston Hughes. Here are some of our favorite picture books featuring his poetry.