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A-Z of Being the Best Leader You Can Be: Leading Through the Alphabet. Yvonne Bleam, $24.95

Not your average A-Z, this book aims to teach young people aged 8-11 about what it means to be a good leader. From honesty and respect to understanding and dependability, each of the 26 stories covers a quality that any good leader should possess and is followed by fun activities and exercises to help children learn the true meaning of each concept. Building positive leadership behaviors in children, this book will be of interest to educators, school counselors, pastoral care workers as well as parents.


Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning, Grades 1-2. Katia Petersen, $42.99 (Also available: PreK-K; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8, $42.99 EACH)

In Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning, hundreds of user-friendly lesson plans help teachers build attitudes of respect and caring, reduce problem behaviors, empower students to solve problems, and educate the whole child socially, emotionally, and academically. The lessons' literature-based connections allow teachers to "build in" rather than "add on" social-emotional learning (SEL) as part of the daily curriculum. The four teacher resources in the Safe & Caring Schools® series can also be implemented as a school-wide preK–8 program. Each resource guide offers:

  • Monthly themes focused on emotions, empathy, relationships, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, problem solving, decision making, teamwork, and self-esteem
  • Easy-to-implement lesson formats for all activities: Read, Discuss, Do, Relate
  • Literature-based lessons with curriculum integrations for using the lessons as part of language arts, social studies, science, math, art, and music
  • Built-in assessments
  • Reproducible activity handouts in the book and on CD-ROM

The Adventures of Dakota. Susan Bowman, $16.50 (Grades K-5)

Dakota, a friendly wolf, shows children lessons about life using experiences he has with other animals. The stories and follow-up activities teach children valuable life skills in character, coping, compassion, problem-solving and decision-making.

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All About Me Art Activities. Christy Hale, $18.99 (Pre-K to Grade 1)

20 easy, step-by-step projects that celebrate kids’ individuality and build classroom community.


Awakening Joy for Kids: a Hands-on Guide for Grown-Ups to Nourish Themselves and Raise Mindful, Happy Children. James Baraz & Michele Lilyana, $22.95

Spirit Rock founder, author, and teacher James Baraz joins with Michele Lilyana, a classroom teacher for 25 years, to offer caregivers and children ways to find joy in each day together.

This unique offering nourishes both adults and kids. James shares the practices for the adults — parents, caregivers, and teachers. Michele offers her own experiences as a parent and as a teacher, showing how the themes work with kids, followed by the tried and true lessons that she’s used herself in the classroom and at home. Packed with practices and activities that James and Michele have gathered over their many years of working with thousands of adults and children in retreats, workshops, and the classroom, Awakening Joy for Kids is imbued with compassion and delight.


Be the Jellyfish Training Manual: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Lucy Cree & Sarah Brogden, $49.95

The Be the Jellyfish programme is designed to support schools in nurturing the social and emotional wellbeing of children in their care. The lessons are structured around sensory relaxation and include relaxing exercises in breathing, visualisation, and massage.

Based on their experiences teaching in primary schools, the creators were inspired to develop a programme that focuses on a child's specific social and emotional needs in order to fulfill their learning potential. Structured as one hour lesson plans, the activities included encourage children to relax, communicate and explore themselves creatively using art materials, peer massage, visualisation, bodywork, breathing, sensory equipment and mindfulness. This manual contains planning ideas for lessons, visualisation scenarios, illustrated bodywork exercises, photocopiable templates and posters to use in the classroom or one on one with a child.

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Being Me (and Loving It): Stories and Activities to Help Build Self-esteem, Confidence, Positive Body Image and Resilience in Children. Naomi Richards & Julia Hague, $33.95

With 29 real life and relatable stories at its heart, this practical resource is designed to help build self-esteem and body confidence in children aged 5-11. Each story is the focus of a ready-to-use lesson plan, covering common issues that affect children such as a lack of body confidence, feeling pressured by peers and worries about puberty. The stories are preceded by guidance on how to introduce the topic and the learning outcomes, and they are followed by a range of activities to reinforce the messages being taught. The stories can either be read aloud to a class or group or photocopied and shared for individual reading.

Perfect for use in lessons with groups of children, or in one-to-one settings in the therapy room or at home, this book is a useful resource for teachers, school counsellors, youth workers, as well as parents.


Being Me: a Rosie the Red Book. Rosemary McCarney, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart, $15.95 (ages 4-8)

Rosie is wearing her red cape, sitting up in her thinking tree wondering what she’ll be when she grows up. People are always asking her that question, but she doesn’t have an answer. She’s not old enough to be a pilot, or a paramedic, or a dog groomer. But she does believe that she can still do lots of terrific things right now. So when she goes for a walk with her dad and they pass a food bank, Rosie knows that she can do something pro-active while she’s still a kid. She can tell this is a special place and when she is there she feels useful and special too. But when Rosie bumps into a friend who seems embarrassed to be there with his family, she must figure out a way to make him feel better.

Rosie tilts her head this way and that to look at the situation from the perspective of someone needing to use the food bank and comes up with a plan to help her friend. The next day at school, Rosie waits until art class to bring up the idea of starting a canned food drive that everyone can help out with — including Sam. Since Sam is the most talented drawer in the class Rosie asks him to make the posters for the food drive, lifting his spirits and showing him that everyone can contribute in their own way.


Believing You Can is the First Step to Achieving: a CBT and Attribution Retraining Programme to Improve Self-Belief in Students Ages 8-12. Alicia Chodkiewicz & Christopher Boyle, $49.95

Believing You Can is the First Step to Achieving is a fun and engaging programme for students in the upper primary years that teaches the difference between helpful and unhelpful thinking, increases self-belief and in doing so increases motivation to learn. 

Do you ever hear students using phrases such as "I'm not smart enough to do this?" or "I know I am going to fail?" Combining techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Attribution Retraining, this programme teaches students the link between thoughts, feelings and actions, how to challenge negative thinking and how to celebrate success. The structured programme includes a photocopiable student workbook, role play games and other activity ideas, and all of the instruction and materials needed to easily implement the programme in any school.

This will be an ideal resource for educational professionals looking to increase school attainment, support students who are underachieving, and encourage healthy and happy student development.

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Better Than You. Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, $17.99

Jake's bragging is really starting to get to his neighbor Tyler. Tyler can't show Jake a basketball move, a school assignment, or a new toy without Jake saying he can do better. Tyler starts to wonder:  Is something wrong with him? Is he really such a loser? Is Jake really better than him at everything?  Or is Jake the one with the problem? With the help of his uncle Kevin, Tyler begins to understand that Jake's bragging has nothing to do with Tyler's own abilities and that puffing yourself up leaves little room for friends.


The Big Book of Even More Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula. Lindsey Joiner, $39.95

Following on from The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens, this book provides EVEN MORE imaginative and fun activity ideas, lessons, and projects for use with difficult and challenging children and teens aged 5+.

From ice breakers and group starters to bibliotherapy and monthly character education activities, there are over 90 ideas designed to unleash the creativity of children and teens, and teach social skills, strategies to control anger and anxiety, conflict resolution, positive thinking skills, and more. They make use of art, scientific experiments, expressive arts and books, and many come with photocopiable handouts. The activities can be used in a variety of settings, and they are adaptable for use with both individuals and groups. This is a practical resource bursting with ideas, and it will be invaluable for anyone working with children and teens, including school counselors, teachers, social workers, youth workers, arts therapists, and psychologists.


The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula. Lindsey Joiner, $39.95

For difficult or challenging children and teenagers in therapeutic or school settings, creative activities can be an excellent way of increasing enjoyment and boosting motivation, making the sessions more rewarding and successful for everyone involved.

This resource provides over one hundred tried-and-tested fun and imaginative therapeutic activities and ideas to unleash the creativity of children and teenagers aged 5+. Employing a variety of expressive arts including art, music, stories, poetry and film, the activities are designed to teach social skills development, anger control strategies, conflict resolution and thinking skills. Brimming with imaginative ideas, this resource will be invaluable to anyone working with children and teenagers, including school counselors, social workers, therapists, psychologists and teachers.

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Building Character with True Stories from Nature. Barbara Lewis, $41.99 (Grades 2-5)

This flexible resource combines character education with analogies to powerful stories from nature. The heart of each of the book’s 25 lessons is an engaging story, written to kids, describing a particular animal or plant and its distinctive qualities. Busy classroom teachers will like the accessibility and flexibility of these character education lesson plans. Kids can read a story individually or in groups, or follow along as the teacher reads it aloud.

Accompanying each story, teachers will find several activities—most of them quick, easy, and requiring few supplies—that further investigate animals or plants and the connections between their qualities and human behaviors. Every lesson examines several main character traits, providing starting points and sample questions for discussing and exploring analogies between events in nature and human acts of character. Features include a chart cross-referencing lessons to specific character traits; a list of further resources; and an accompanying CD-ROM containing all of the book’s reproducible forms, including a photo of each plant and animal, plus a complete bonus lesson.


Building Everyday Leadership in All Kids: an Elementary Curriculum to Promote Attitude and Actions for Respect and Success. Mariam MacGregor, $42.99

Building Everyday Leadership in All Kids emphasizes that anyone can be a leader — and it’s never too early to start learning what leadership means and how to lead. This resource teaches youth leadership skills, engaging all emerging leaders at all emotional and academic levels, by taking a full, practical approach to building personal and group leadership attitudes. The easy-to-use activities, in categories such as Understanding Leadership, Communication, Working with Others, Problem Solving, and Making a Difference, are designed to promote group interaction, build self-confidence, and allow students to explore personal understanding.


Canadian Character Education Grades 1-2. Janet Bartier & William Young, $14.99
Canadian Character Education Grades 3-4. Janet Bartier & William Young, $14.99
Canadian Character Education Grades 5-6. Janet Bartier & William Young, $14.99

Canadian Character Education has been developed specifically for elementary teachers to facilitate planning lessons in character education. Curriculum-based reproducible forms with supporting information sheets, student worksheets, suggested activities and project ideas and other materials for classroom use are rich resources for classroom and school-wide use.

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Character Building Day by Day: 180 Quick Read-Alouds for Elementary School and Home. Anne Mather & Louise Weldon, $22.99

In elementary schools across the country, teachers are expected to provide character education each day. This book makes it easy to meet that requirement in a meaningful way. Character Building Day by Day includes 180 character vignettes grouped by trait, each featuring kids in real-life situations making decisions that reflect their character. The vignettes are short enough to be read aloud and all can be used as starting points for discussion, to support an existing character education program, or as the basis for an independent program. An excellent tool for the classroom, youth groups or the character-conscious home.


Creating Caring Classrooms: How to Encourage Students to Communicate, Create and Be Compassionate Of Others. Kathleen Gould Lundy & Larry Swartz, $24.95

This passionate book is about community, compassion, and creativity; it is about caring for others. It is also about helping students care about their work. Teachers will learn how to establish inclusive classrooms where kindness and concern become crucial backdrops for critical conversations. They will be introduced to simple but profound strategies that initiate and maintain respectful dialogue, promote collaboration over competition, and confront difficult issues such as bullying and exclusion.

Creating Caring Classrooms is committed to building respectful relationships among students, teachers, and the school community. Through active, engaging, relevant, open-ended activities, students will be encouraged to explore events, ideas, themes, texts, stories, and relationships from different perspectives, and then represent those new understandings in innovative and creative ways.


Don’t Be Afraid to Say No! Ilona Lammertink & Lucie Georger, $21.50 (ages 4 to 9)

Jill loves playing with her friends, but sometimes she doesn’t want to do what they want to do. Jill’s afraid if she says “no” and doesn’t go along with her friends, they won’t like her anymore. So she keeps quiet. How will Jill learn to say “no” and feel good about it?

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The Energy Bus for Kids. Jon Gordon, illustrated by Korey Scott, $20.00

A story about staying positive and overcoming challenges, using the powers of positive thinking and loving kindness.


Free to Be ... You and Me. Marlo Thomas, $26.50

This is the book we all know and love, by Marlo Thomas and her friends—with brand new illustrations to captivate and inspire a new generation of readers on a journey of the heart. Celebrating individuality and challenging stereotypes empowers both children and adults with the freedom to be who they want to be and to have compassion and empathy for others who may be different. The thoughts, ideas, and emotions the creators first envisioned 35 years ago will still have a magical effect on children today.


Friendly Facts: a Fun, Interactive Resource to Help Children Explore the Complexities of Friends and Friendship. Margaret-Anne Carter & Josie Santomauro, $28.50 (ages 7-11)

Making and keeping friends doesn't come easily for some children. Many children need to be taught a range of strategies directed at expanding their social understanding skills, such as reading facial expressions and body language. Friendly Facts, an interactive workbook aimed at children ages 7-11, addresses these challenges by breaking down the complex concept of making friends into simpler ideas. Through fun, engaging activities, children gain real-life knowledge of the major "secrets" of making and keeping friends. By gaining the foundation for making and keeping friends at a crucial age, children are better prepared for successfully interacting with others for the rest of their lives.

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Girls Unlimited Curriculum: Six Life-Changing Lessons for Middle School Girls. Karin Kasdin, $36.95

Middle school girls from across the country have benefitted from the Girls Unlimited program. Evidence-based and resoundingly successful, this curriculum empowers girls to become their most authentic and empathetic selves. Fun activities and thoughtful discussion topics will help girls discover:

  • Practical ways to manage anger or upset
  • How to intervene when witnessing relational aggression
  • The meaning of self-respect and self-care
  • The value of trust
  • Acceptance and appreciation of our bodies
  • The power of words
  • How to deal with power struggles
  • The importance of women bonding together
  • How to stay safe online

The Good Dog. Todd Kessler, illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson, $22.95

The Good Dog follows the adventures of Tako, a puppy who is adopted by 8 year-old Ricky without his parents’ permission. Mom and dad agree to let Tako stay, under one condition: he must be a good dog and always follow the rules. Tako wants to stay with the family more than anything; but when a competing businessman sets out to secretly sabotage the family’s bakery, the only way Tako can protect them is to break the rules. Ultimately, Tako and Ricky’s family realize that sometimes you may have to be a little bit bad to be very good.

The Good Dog utilizes a “layered” approach to storytelling. The primary layer is an archetypal struggle between good and greed which even the youngest children can grasp. But also included is the complex moral theme, aimed at older children, that deals with the idea that a person might disguise his greedy/evil intent with a false front of generosity. Finally, the deepest layer of the story is the presentation of the question: Is it sometimes okay to use your own judgment and break the rules? Through these levels of understanding, The Good Dog is a universal story which engages young readers and inspires a rich dialogue between adults and children. 


Great Group Skits: 50 Character Building Scenarios for Teens.  Lynn Grasberg & Gina Oldenburg, $18.95

Created by experts who teach improvisational theater,Great Group Skits is a resource for educators and youth workers looking to provide new and creative role-playing exercises for youth. Ranging from small pieces for a few people to large-scale skits that involve an entire class, this book will help educators engage with kids and help kids engage with each other. These skits are designed as improvisational scenarios that give youth a starting point and let them decide where to go with it, enhancing their creativity, self-reliance, and analytical skills.

Each skit is designed to be as “prep-lite” as possible, and includes an estimated time, ways to modify the skit for various age groups, and a list of follow-up questions designed to reinforce the lessons learned. Also included is information on how to facilitate skits, getting kids motivated and energized, and creating your own skits. The skits are divided into categories that include:

  • Imagination
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills
  • Motivation and leadership
  • Peer pressure and integrity
  • Conflict resolution

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Great Places to Learn: Creating Asset-Building Schools That Help Students Succeed, 2nd Edition. Neal Starkman, Peter Scales & Clay Roberts, $43.95

Rooted in research on more than two million children about the effect of Developmental Assets on fostering academic achievement and a healthy school climate, this foundational book is a powerful, positive guide to infusing assets into any school community. This edition features:

  • A CD-ROM containing reproducible handouts, charts, action lists, and assessment tools for everyone—from principals to bus drivers
  • Discussions on bullying & school violence
  • A  step-by-step outline to guide school administrators, principals, and teachers through the process of integrating assets into their school

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands. Tamara Levitt, $21.95

Life is full of challenges — some we master and some, well... we don’t! This sweet tale teaches everyone that while we may experience failure, the failure does not define who we are.


Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids. Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing, $12.95

Through sweet simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behavior as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love on a daily basis.

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Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids: a Resilience Programme for Children Ages 7-14. Stephanie Azri , Illustrated by Sid Azri, $39.95

Self-esteem, communication skills, positive thinking, healthy friendships, and dealing with anger, stress, anxiety and grief are all crucial parts of being resilient and having strong life skills.

Join forces with superheroes Steemy, Link, Zen, KipKool, Holly and Hally, Beau and Angel in this 10 session programme to boost resilience in children aged 7-14. Each session focuses on a key theme, and a superhero character helps to teach each skill, from overcoming anxiety to dealing with grief. A creative hands-on activity closes each session, and session summaries and tips for parents encourage children to continue learning and building their skills between sessions. An engaging comic strip story about the superheroes runs throughout the program. Sessions are flexible and easily adaptable for use in different settings and with younger or older children, and include photocopiable worksheets. This imaginative resource is a complete programme, ideal for teachers, counsellors, therapists, social workers and youth workers.


Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem: a Photocopiable Activities Book. Deborah Plummer, $35.95

Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem offers over 100 simple, practical and fun activities specifically aimed at helping children to build and maintain self-esteem. These exercises are suitable for work with individuals and groups and with all children including those with special needs or with speech and language difficulties. This unique activities book will be an invaluable resource for anyone looking for creative, enjoyable ways of helping children to build their self-esteem.


How Do I Stand In Your Shoes? A Story & Worksheets about Empathy. Susan DeBell, $21.50

Miranda Peabody had no patience for the other students in class and just didn’t understand why they couldn’t be as smart and talented as she was. Her teacher, Mrs. Klemp, suggested that she try to understand other people by “standing in their shoes.” After much searching, she learns the true meaning of “standing in someone else’s shoes” and having empathy for others. This full-color, illustrated storybook for grades PK-4 includes discussion questions as well as activities to enhance learning about empathy.

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The "I Series", by M-C Bailey-McKenna

Instead I... Helping Students Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95

Instead I...  is a bright and inviting picture book about a day at school. Readers will recognize common stressors at school and learn ways of coping.  Recent insights into self-regulation are woven into the fabric of the story.  Included are:

  • practical strategies to come back to calm at school
  • age-appropriate social strategies

A section with tips for parents, educators and counsellors includes recent insights around self-regulation, and strategies to support young learners in each of the five calming modalities. This is the first book in the “I Series”

What if I... for Calming Worry to Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95

What If I...  is a bright and inviting picture book about a week of calming worry at school. Readers will recognize stressors, and learn ways of coping.  Including practical strategies to navigate the school day; multiple ways of calming down; and simple metaphors to understand emotional states.

A section with tips for parents, educators and counsellors strategies to support young learners in each of these areas. This is the second book in the “I Series”

So Then I... Recess Strategies to Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95

So Then I... helps young students deal with social and emotional stressors at recess. Readers will recognize common school stressors, and learn ways of coping.  Included are strategies to deal with group dynamics; multiple ways of calming down; and tips on how to make and keep healthy friendships.

Parents, educators and counsellors will learn how to identify some of the sources of social stress, and to support young learners in these unstructured settings. This is the third book in the “I Series”

Why Can't I... Beating the Blues to Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95

Why Can't I.... is the fourth book in the “I Series”, designed to help young students deal with "the blues".

Included are:

  • strategies to deal with feeling blue, having low moods
  • multiple ways of energizing and increasing focus
  • strategies to change physical and emotional states
  • a section with tips for parents, educators and counsellors

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I Like Being Me: Poems about Kindness, Friendship, and Making Good Choices. Judy Lalli, $14.99

Twenty-five rhyming poems invite children to believe in themselves, learn from mistakes, cooperate, share, help others, solve problems, be kind, tell the truth, make positive choices, and more. The short poems are quick to read, easy to learn, and fun to recite — making them perfect for teaching social skills to young children. Children can memorize their favorite poems, talk about them, act them out, and get ideas for creating their own. Accompanying photographs show children from diverse backgrounds in realistic settings, and a section for adults provides ideas for thought-provoking discussion, activities, and learning. This charming update to a popular volume of poetry for children is a book that adults and children will love sharing again and again.


If Winning Isn’t Everything, Why Do I Hate to Lose? Bryan Smith, $14.95

This humorous book for grades K-6 teaches children that practicing good sportsmanship can help them have more fun playing any game, whether winning or losing! 


The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

Kids are constantly bombarded with messages from the media about the importance of physical beauty. They start comparing themselves to each other and celebrities at a very young age, which causes lower self-esteem. This book explores the concept of beauty being found within a person’s character rather than in their physical attributes. This book can be used in small group counseling sessions, or it can be read as a single story to and entire class to teach Character Education.

The paperback version includes discussion questions, inner-beauty tips for parents and educators and a list of other resources including a link to reproducible worksheets and lesson plans to use with the story.

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

These highly interactive mini-lessons and animated storybook can be used on any digital white board such as Promethean Board™ or SMART Board™ or simply on a computer. Kids will love the interactivity, animation, great sound effects and narration of the story. Also included are reproducible worksheets and lesson plans.

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Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

Julia is not happy with her looks. Her friend Abena the rabbit is thin and does great in ballet. Julia thinks she would be better off if she was thin and small like her friend. She sits in front of her wishing mirror one night and wishes so hard that she could look more like her friend. That night the wishing fairy does his magic and Julia morphs! The next day she looks very different and is excited to show everyone her new look. But she soon learns that her new “look” has some unexpected disadvantages. Abena reminds Julia of all the things she could do so well before her change. Julia then realizes she liked her old self better. The important thing is to be happy with yourself and not compare your looks with others.

Our culture is focused so much on body image. Julia’s story can help all young girls who don’t accept how they look to see their real beauty and appreciate their uniqueness.  Julia speaks to kids who are anxious about being “different,” to recognize the unique, real beauty that is within them. 


The Kindness Curriculum: Stop Bullying Before It Starts. Judith Anne Rice, $33.95 (ages 3-6)

Help preschoolers develop compassion for others with this collection of classroom and at-home activities. The Kindness Curriculum provides a variety of new and revised experiences that strengthen the building blocks of positive character development. Children will enjoy the expression the activities encourage and the playfulness they provide as they learn about love, feelings and empathy, gentleness, self-control, respect, friendship, and conflict resolution. This edition includes activities that aim to prevent bullying before it starts by teaching young children about pro-social values in a peaceful classroom community.

This comprehensive collection of activities helps foster an atmosphere of acceptance, empowerment, and love. It also supports the important lesson that a little kindness can go a long way. 


Making it Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World, 2nd Edition. Barbara Oehlberg, $26.95

Speaking to the concept of “trauma-informed” early childhood education, this book responds to the learning and behavioral needs of children who have experienced traumatic events or toxic stress — such as natural disasters, community violence, abuse or neglect within the child's familial relations, and more. In addition to more than 75 empowering and healing classroom activities, there is information to help you understand the impact of children's disrupted attachments and early insecurities, as well as strategies to help children build resilience.

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Merrell's Strong Start—Pre-K: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Sara Whitcomb & Danielle Parisi Damico, $55.50 (Preschool to Kindergarten)

Merrell's Strong Start—Grades K-2: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Sara Whitcomb & Danielle Parisi Damico, $55.50

Merrell's Strong Kids—Grades 3-5: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $53.50

Merrell's Strong Kids—Grades 6-8: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $55.50

Merrell's Strong Teens—Grades 9-12: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $53.50

Teach social-emotional competence — the foundation of school and social success — with the NEW editions of the Strong Kids curriculum! Strong Kids is the fun and easy way to help your students develop the social-emotional skills they need to manage their challenges and succeed in school and life. Developed by a team of educational and mental health experts, this evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum is proven to help increase students' knowledge of social and emotional concepts and decrease their emotional and behavioral problems.

Through engaging, thought-provoking classroom activities, students learn about emotions and the social-emotional skills they'll use for the rest of their lives: managing anger, reducing stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more. This scientifically-based curriculum offers lessons that are easy to fit into your existing schedule (especially with the new options for breaking them into smaller chunks). Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included — all photocopiable and available as downloads — so teachers have everything they need to implement the program with little added cost or preparation.

 

One of Us. Peggy Moss & Penny Weber, $19.95 (ages 6-10)

Roberta is the new girl in class and moves from group to group, just trying to be herself! One of Us explores the stress of peer pressure and trying to “fit in” at school.


Play-2-Learn Dominoes - Character Strength. Franklin Learning Systems, $37.95 (2-5 players; Grades 2-8)

Based on the dynamic field of positive psychology, Play-2-Learn Dominoes — Character Strength is based on the concepts of the new field of positive psychology. Designed to build strong character in kids, the strengths emphasized in this game are kindness, self control, forgiveness, modesty, leadership, and social intelligence. 

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Rosie Revere, Engineer. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $22.95

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal — to fly — Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. Rosie Revere, Engineer is a charming, spirited picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams


Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities That Make Children Feel Good about Themselves.Barbara Sher, $17.50

Self-esteem games show children how wonderful it can be to be themselves — emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. By sharing the upbeat, thoughtful activities in Self-Esteem Games, you can reinforce your child's positive feelings and provide a lasting foundation for learning.


The Seven Teachings Stories. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95 each (ages 5-9)

The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe — love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth — are revealed in these seven stories for children. Set in an urban landscape with Indigenous children as the central characters, these stories about home and family wil look familiar to all readers.

Amik Loves School: a Story of Wisdom. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

The First Day: a Story of Courage. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

The Just Right Gift: a Story of Love. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

Kode's Quest(ion): a Story of Respect. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

Misaabe's Stories: a Story of Honesty. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

Singing Sisters: a Story of Humility. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

What is Truth Betsy? A Story of Truth. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

 

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Social and Emotional Well-Being: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $21.50

Children's social and emotional skills form a critical foundation for learning and wellness that guide them into adulthood and influence how they deal with both successes and adversity in life. These activities support children as they learn about self-esteem, emotions and feelings, family and friends, and changes in life. This book includes:

  • An overview of the social and emotional well-being topics covered in the curriculum
  • Suggested interest area materials and supports for creating the learning environment
  • Learning objectives and vocabulary words
  • Suggestions for evaluating children's understanding of each social and emotional well-being topic
  • More than 30 classroom activities
  • Family information and take-home activities

Some Days Are Lonely. Young-Ah Kim, Illustrated by Ji-Soo Shin, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

Do you ever feel lonely? Everyone does, from time to time.


Spirit Games: 300 Fun Activities That Bring Children Comfort and Joy. Barbara Sher, $15.99

Spirit games make children feel brighter and more confident. By tapping into children's natural delight, spirit games restore the sparkle to their eyes.

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Stick Up for Yourself: Self-Esteem and Assertiveness for Kids. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $18.99

Stick Up for Yourself is the ultimate resource for any kid who’s ever been picked on at school, bossed around, blamed for things he or she didn’t do, or treated unfairly — and for any kid who sometimes feels frustrated, angry, powerless, or scared. Simple words and real-life examples show how children can stick up for themselves with other kids (including bullies and teasers), big sisters and brothers, even grown-ups.

Kids learn how to build relationships, become responsible, manage their anger, grow a “feelings vocabulary," make good choices, solve problems, set goals, and "store" happiness and pride. Questions from real kids are paired with answers about how to handle specific situations calmly, confidently, and effectively. A special note to parents and teachers explores the "self-esteem backlash" and explains what self-esteem really is — and why kids today need it more than ever.


Virtue Seeds: Art Activities, Games, Stories & Colouring Pages Based on 20 Virtues, Ages 3-6. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (Facilitator Guide)

With 40 activities to choose from and 20 colouring pages, this book explains the virtue, makes suggestions for related dialogue during the activities.

Virtue Seeds: Activities & Games Based on 20 Virtues, Ages 7-11. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (Facilitator Guide)

This book offers 40 activities and exercises for exploring ways to incorporate these virtues into daily life.

Virtue Seeds: Activities & Games Based on 20 Virtues, Ages 12+. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (Facilitator Guide)

With 40 activities to choose from, this book comes equipped with word exercises, and virtue challenges to help bring the virtues into our everyday activities and habits. 


What Do You Stand For? A Guide to Building Character for Kids. Barbara Lewis, $25.95 (Grades 2-7); What Do You Stand For? Character Building Card Game. $21.99 (2-4 players, Grades 1-6)

Elementary school children can start building positive character traits like caring, citizenship, cooperation, courage, fairness, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The true stories, inspiring quotations, thought-provoking dilemmas, and activities in this book help kids grow into capable, moral teens and adults. Previously titled Being Your Best, this award-winning book has a fresh new cover and updated resources.

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What is Friendship? Games and Activities to Help Children to Understand Friendship. Pamela Day, $31.95

Friendship is a vital part of achieving emotional well-being, but some children experience difficulties both initiating and maintaining friendships. This fun and accessible programme contains detailed instructions and photocopiable handouts for teaching children about friendship. The book combines group activities, individual work, homework exercises and games, and will be especially useful for groups containing children with developmental and social difficulties, such as ADHD and autism. Developed in an inclusive classroom, this programme will arm children with useful strategies to deal with difficult situations such as negative peer pressure and conflict.

What is Friendship is ideally suited for use with children aged 7-11, but can be adapted for younger children or older children with developmental difficulties.


What Would You Do? In a Jar®: Daily Dilemmas for Young Children. $14.99 (ages 4-8)

These “What would you do?” scenarios help preschool and primary-age kids develop decision-making skills with this go-anywhere and easy-to-use jar.


Yes I Can Be Kind to Me. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 10 to adult, 2-6 players)

The Yes I Can — Be Kind to Me cards are designed to increase an individual’s appreciation for the power of being positive. The instructions include a number of fun activities and suggestions for using the cards.

Yes I Can — Feel Good about Me. Gary Yorke, $24.50 (ages 13 to adult, 2-6 players)


You Hold Me Up. Monique Gray Smith & Danielle Daniel, $19.95

This vibrant picture book encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

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Complete Booklist

A-Z of Being the Best Leader You Can Be: Leading Through the Alphabet. Yvonne Bleam, $24.95

Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning, Grades 1-2. Katia Petersen, $42.99 (Also available: PreK-K; Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8, $42.99 EACH)

The Adventures of Dakota. Susan Bowman, $16.50 (Grades K-5)

All about Me Art Activities. Christy Hale, $18.99 (Pre-K to Grade 1)

Awakening Joy for Kids: a Hands-on Guide for Grown-Ups to Nourish Themselves and Raise Mindful, Happy Children. James Baraz & Michele Lilyana, $22.95

Be the Jellyfish Training Manual: Supporting Children's Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Lucy Cree & Sarah Brogden, $49.95

Being Me (and Loving It): Stories and Activities to Help Build Self-esteem, Confidence, Positive Body Image and Resilience in Children. Naomi Richards & Julia Hague, $33.95

Being Me: a Rosie the Red Book. Rosemary McCarney, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart, $15.95 (ages 4-8)

Believing You Can is the First Step to Achieving: a CBT and Attribution Retraining Programme to Improve Self-Belief in Students Ages 8-12. Alicia Chodkiewicz & Christopher Boyle, $49.95

Better Than You. Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Adam Gustavson, $17.99

The Big Book of Even More Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula. Lindsey Joiner, $35.95

The Big Book of Therapeutic Activity Ideas for Children and Teens: Inspiring Arts-Based Activities and Character Education Curricula. Lindsey Joiner, $39.95

Building Character with True Stories from Nature. Barbara Lewis, $41.99 (Grades 2-5)

Building Everyday Leadership in All Kids: an Elementary Curriculum to Promote Attitude and Actions for Respect and Success. Mariam MacGregor, $42.99

Canadian Character Education Grades 1-2. Janet Bartier & William Young, $14.99
Canadian Character Education Grades 3-4. Janet Bartier & William Young, $14.99 
Canadian Character Education Grades 5-6. Janet Bartier & William Young, $14.99

Character Building Activities for Kids: Ready-to-Use Character Education Lessons & Activities for the Elementary Grades. Darlene Mannix, $32.95

Character Building Day by Day: 180 Quick Read-Alouds for Elementary School and Home. Anne Mather & Louise Weldon, $22.99

Creating Caring Classrooms: How to Encourage Students to Communicate, Create and Be Compassionate Of Others. Kathleen Gould Lundy & Larry Swartz, $24.95

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No! Ilona Lammertink & Lucie Georger, $21.50 (ages 4 to 9)

Easy Activities for Building Social Skills. Grades preK-1. Nancy Jolson Leber, $19.99

The Energy Bus for Kids. Jon Gordon, illustrated by Korey Scott, $20.00

Free to Be ... You and Me. Marlo Thomas, $26.50; CD $15.98

Friendly Facts: a Fun, Interactive Resource to Help Children Explore the Complexities of Friends and Friendship. Margaret-Anne Carter & Josie Santomauro, $28.50 (ages 7-11)

Girls Unlimited Curriculum: Six Life-Changing Lessons for Middle School Girls. Karin Kasdin, $36.95

The Good Dog. Todd Kessler, illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson, $22.95

Great Group Skits: 50 Character Building Scenarios for Teens. Lynn Grasberg & Gina Oldenburg, $18.95

Great Places to Learn: Creating Asset-Building Schools That Help Students Succeed, 2nd Edition. Neal Starkman, Peter Scales & Clay Roberts, $43.95

Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands. Tamara Levitt, $21.95

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids. Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing, $12.95

Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids: a Resilience Programme for Children Ages 7-14. Stephanie Azri , Illustrated by Sid Azri, $39.95

Helping Children to Build Self-Esteem: a Photocopiable Activities Book. Deborah Plummer, $35.95

How Do I Stand In Your Shoes? A Story & Worksheets about Empathy. Susan DeBell, $21.50

The "I Series" by M-C Bailey-McKenna
Instead I... Helping Students Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95
What if I... for Calming Worry to Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95
So Then I... Recess Strategies to Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95
Why Can't I... Beating the Blues to Survive and Thrive at School. M-C Bailey-McKenna, illustrated with Elizabeth Bailey, $16.95

I Like Being Me: Poems about Kindness, Friendship, and Making Good Choices. Judy Lalli, $14.99

If Winning Isn’t Everything, Why Do I Hate to Lose? Bryan Smith, $14.95

The Inner-Beauty Secret. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

The Inner-Beauty Secret CD-Rom. Keisha Howard, illustrated by Kathy Voerg, $21.50 (GR PreK-5)

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Julia Morphs and Learns to Accept Herself. Rosalind Block, $21.50 (GR PreK-4)

The Kindness Curriculum: Stop Bullying Before It Starts. Judith Anne Rice, $33.95 (ages 3-6)

Making It Better: Activities for Children Living in a Stressful World, 2nd Edition. Barbara Oehlberg, $26.95

Merrell's Strong Kids—Grades 3-5: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $53.50

Merrell's Strong Kids—Grades 6-8: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $55.50

Merrell's Strong Start—Grades K-2: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Sara Whitcomb & Danielle Parisi Damico, $55.50

Merrell's Strong Start—Pre-K: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Sara Whitcomb & Danielle Parisi Damico, $55.50 (Preschool to Kindergarten)

Merrell's Strong Teens—Grades 9-12: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $53.50

One of Us. Peggy Moss & Penny Weber, $19.95 (ages 6-10)

Play-2-Learn Dominoes™ - Character Strength. Franklin Learning Systems, $37.95 (2-5 players; Grades 2-8)

Rosie Revere, Engineer. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $22.95

Self-Esteem Games: 300 Fun Activities that Make Children Feel Good About Themselves. Barbara Sher, $18.99

The Seven Teachings Stories (ages 5-9)
Amik Loves School: a Story of Wisdom. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95
The First Day: a Story of Courage. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95
The Just Right Gift: a Story of Love. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95
Kode's Quest(ion): a Story of Respect. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95
Misaabe's Stories: a Story of Honesty. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95
Singing Sisters: a Story of Humility. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95
What is Truth Betsy? A Story of Truth. Katherena Vermette & Irene Kuziw, $9.95

Social and Emotional Well-Being: Activities for Age 3 to Kindergarten, 3rd Edition. Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte Hendricks & Becky Bennett, $21.50

Some Days Are Lonely. Young-Ah Kim, Illustrated by Ji-Soo Shin, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

Spirit Games: 300 Fun Activities that Bring Children Comfort and Joy. Barbara Sher, $19.00

Stick Up for Yourself: Self-Esteem and Assertiveness for Kids. Gershen Kaufman & Lev Raphael, $18.99

Virtue Seeds: Art Activities, Games, Stories & Colouring Pages Based on 20 Virtues, Ages 3-6. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (Facilitator Guide)

Virtue Seeds: Activities & Games Based on 20 Virtues, Ages 7-11. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (Facilitator Guide)

Virtue Seeds: Activities & Games Based on 20 Virtues, Ages 12+. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (Facilitator Guide)

What Do You Stand For? Character Building Card Game. $16.99 (2-4 players, Grades 1-6)

What Do You Stand For? A Guide to Building Character for Kids. Barbara Lewis, book $21.95; Leader’s Guide $25.95 (Grades 2-7)

What is Friendship? Games and Activities to Help Children to Understand Friendship. Pamela Day, $31.95

What Would You Do? In a Jar®: Daily Dilemmas for Young Children. $14.99 (ages 4-8)

Yes I Can — Be Kind to Me. Gary Yorke, $24.95 (ages 10 to adult, 2-6 players)

Yes I Can — Feel Good about Me. Gary Yorke, $24.50 (ages 13 to adult, 2-6 players)

You Hold Me Up. Monique Gray Smith & Danielle Daniel, $19.95

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For related titles please see the following booklists: Life Skills for Kids, Life Skills for Teens, Self Esteem & Children, Positive Parenting, Anxiety, Anger & Stress, Children’s Room

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