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Animal Related Guidance: Teaching Social Skills Using Pets or Puppets, Grades 2-5. Patty Stang-Erickson & Val Rae Boe, $28.95

Animal assisted guidance and therapy has been shown to increase empathy for others, act as a catalyst for expressing emotions, enhancing self-esteem, improving self-control, expanding social competence, decreasing feelings of stress and social isolation. With over 100 lessons, activities and worksheets, this book will help you bring an animal loving slant into your guidance coaching.


Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher. William Powell & Ochan Kusuma-Powell, $25.95

Based on Daniel Goleman’s five components of emotional intelligence, BECOMING AN EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT TEACHER shows how self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social awareness, and relationship management can help teachers increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The authors provide research, case studies, and essential tools that help teachers to:

  • Understand how their conscious and unconscious behaviors affect the learning environment
  • Refine their verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Manage their feelings and frustrations
  • Interpret student behaviors, developing insight into how students perceive their teaching styles
  • Hone their presentation skills

Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades. Mary Cowhey, $27.95

What would a classroom look like if understanding and respecting differences in race, culture, beliefs, and opinions were at its heart? Welcome to Mary Cowhey's Peace Class in Northampton, MA, where first and second graders view the entire curriculum through the framework of understanding the world, and trying to do their part to make it a better place.

Woven through the book is Mary's unflinching and humorous account of her own roots in a struggling large Irish Catholic family and her early career as a community activist. Mary's teaching is infused with lessons of her heroes: Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King, and others. Her students learn to make connections between their lives, the books they read, the community leaders they meet, and the larger world.

BLACK ANTS AND BUDDHISTS will make you think hard about how you spend your time with students. It offers no easy answers, just wealth of insight into the challenges of helping students think critically about the world.

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Building Positive Momentum for Positive Behavior in Young Children: Strategies for Success in School and Beyond. Lisa Rogers, $39.95

Providing practical solutions to common behavioral problems, this book shows how to use the positive momentum approach to encourage long-term positive behaviour among children aged 3-9.

Covering issues such as what to do when a child avoids doing work, when they engage in rough play, and when they won't stay in their seat, this book includes targeted behavioral strategies that start with the underlying foundations of behaviour and result in lasting positive change. Through real life examples, the book shows how educators can be role models for children, and how school staff can collaborate with families for success beyond the classroom. The book also includes information specific to working with children with special needs. Accompanying behaviour charts and goal mapping resources are available to download to help with tracking a child's progress.


The Complete Guide to Service Learning, Grades K-12.  Cathryn Berger Kaye, $57.99

Proven, practical ways to engage students in civic responsibility, academic curriculum and social action.

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Counseling Toward Solutions: a Practical Solution-Focused Program for Working with Students, Teachers and Parents, 2nd Edition. Linda Metcalf, $35.99 Grades K-12

Step by step, COUNSELING TOWARD SOLUTIONS shows how to help individual students begin their own change process by noticing when a problem does not occur rather than focusing on problems or what caused them. This revised and updated second edition presents a positive program for changing individual behavior that empowers students of all ages to deal with their won problems and gain self-esteem in the process.

New: The Field Guide to Counseling Toward Solutions: the Solution-Focused School. Linda Metcalf, $26.99 Grades K-12


Creating Emotionally Literate Classrooms: an Introduction to the RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning. Edited by Marc Brackett & Janet Pickard Kremenitzer, $29.50

Written by researchers and educators, and using the RULER approach: Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating, this book documents the importance of emotionally literate teachers and provides practical advice for the implementation of a researched emotional literacy program for upper elementary students. It reinforces the positive relationship between emotional literacy and effective teaching, successful academic performance and quality relationships.


Desperately Seeking Solutions: Helping students build problem-solving skills to meet life's many challenges.  Kathy Paterson, $24.95

This practical book discusses the specific critical and creative thinking skills that go into confronting life`s inevitable dilemmas, including those frequently faced at school. Organized for easy classroom use, the book introduces a five-step plan for handling almost any situation — from defining the problem, through considering possibilities and choosing the best option, to taking action and evaluating decisions. Concrete examples throughout the book offer simple suggestions for talking with students about problem-solving, modeling strategies, and reinforcing effective problem-solving techniques.

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The Educator’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom. Maurice Elias & Harriet Arnold, editors. $67.50

This comprehensive guide to emotional intelligence (EI) is a state-of-the-art collection of proven best practices from the field’s best and brightest minds … this guide creates a new gold standard for bringing social-emotional learning into every classroom … Key features cover:

  • Theory and context for EI, including brain development, multiple intelligences, service and citizenship, school-to-work, and health
  • Teacher preparation and professional development
  • 17 best-practice programs in action, relevant to grades PreK-12
  • An Application/Reflection Guide for note-taking, follow-up, contacts, and ideas for immediate implementation

Effective Interventions for Social-Emotional Learning. Frank Gresham, $39.95

This book reviews evidence-based, multi-tiered practices for promoting social-emotional learning (SEL) with typically developing students as well as those with special needs. Leading authority Frank M. Gresham, co-developer of the Social Skills Improvement System-Rating Scales, describes how to systematically assess K-12 students' social skills and plan and implement universal, selected, and intensive interventions. His approach is grounded in cutting-edge research on social-emotional competencies and their role in adjustment and academic achievement. Emphasizing what works, the book showcases programs and strategies that are sequenced, active, focused, and explicit. Detailed case examples and lesson plans illustrate different levels and types of SEL intervention.


Everyone's Talking: Stories to Engage Middle Schoolers in Social Conversation, Grades 6-9. Cindi Dodd, $31.95

Revitalize class meetings or advisement periods with read-aloud short stories about teens with social dilemmas to solve. Each story has discussion questions to encourage teens to talk it out and offer problem-solving ideas for their fictional counterparts. Topics are varied and include relating with peers, interacting with adults and authority figures, using social media or recognizing bullying. 

Stories were created by a middle school counselor based on true scenarios. Teens will gain skills they need to make best decisions in future similar interactions. Educators will build positive relationships, engaging teens in topics they easily relate to while guiding their conversations. The activities are appropriate for use in the classroom, during homeroom advisement period, in detention programs or for positive behavior support interventions. Tips for conducting positive and respectful class meetings are included. A CD provides printable worksheets, discussion questions and social skills posters.

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Feelings In a Jar® - A Fun Game for All Ages for Endless Play & Interaction. Deborah Jiang Stein, $14.99 (ages 8 & up)

More Feelings In a Jar®. Deborah Jiang Stein, $14.99 (ages 8 & up)

Everyone needs to know how to name and express feelings. Each jar holds 101 little cards printed with “feelings words” — gleeful, insecure, grateful, angry, cranky, courageous, hopeful, and many more. Explore expressing feelings by discussing what it means to be defiant, compassionate, glum, bold, jovial, and many more usual and unusual feelings.. Pull out a slip and act out the feeling, or invite someone else to act it out. Use as discussion starters, journaling prompts, or icebreakers for groups.


First Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children Critical Social Skills, Grades K-6. Diane Senn, $57.95

It is critically important that children learn fundamental social skills during their elementary school years. This book and CD provides a unique set of lessons for helping children learn skills and insights they need for creating and maintaining positive relationships with others. Direct teaching and reinforcement of these lessons helps provide children with information and practice that will help bolster their positive social-emotional development. This resource is targeted toward elementary school ages. However, the basic information provided can be used for younger and older students too. Featured topics include Knowing Myself First, Initiating with Others, Learning Conversation Skills, and  Reading Social Cues.

  • 25 Lesson Plans with Reproducible Handouts
  • Pre and Post Social Skills Assessment
  • Graphic Cue Cards (summarizing each lesson)
  • CD with Digital Interactive Activities and Printable Handouts

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Helping Kids Help: Organizing Successful Charitable Projects. Renée Heiss, $25.99

When children’s enthusiasm for helping others surpasses their knowledge of how to help, parents, teachers, camp counselors, and group leaders are often called on to give direction. Helping Kids Help provides adult mentors with answers to questions they face.

  • How can kids evaluate and select the best charity for their contributions?
  • Should children perform a team-building exercise before they begin a project?
  • What parental permission issues are involved?
  • For ongoing service projects, should the group write a mission statement? Open a savings account?

Helping Kids Help contains dozens of real-life examples of adults and children involved in service projects — the struggles they overcame, the lessons they learned, and the benefits they enjoyed. It also includes specific project ideas, Web sites, and additional resources to explore. This valuable handbook will help you develop projects that benefit not only those being served, but the children doing the service, developing life skills such as commitment, sacrifice, cooperation, tolerance, and even valuable career skills. Everyone wins!


Helping Preschool-Age Children Learn Self-Regulation: Lessons, Activities, Songs, and Games Designed To Give Children the Skills They Need to Succeed for the Rest of Their Lives.Brad Chapin, $57.95 (includes a CD-ROM of reproducible material)

This highly anticipated resource focuses on skill-training for preschool-age children. Self-regulation is a universal skill necessary for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. With this one resource, you will be able to address School Readiness, Anger Problems, Anxiety, School Safety, Self-esteem, Social Skills and much more. The authors have developed this guide with a focus on how to help you "Do More with Less." The strategies are creative and designed to engage young children in the process to create change quickly. Includes a CD with reproducibles worksheets.

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Helping Students Fix Problems and Avoid Crises: an Easy-to-Use Intervention Resource for Grades 1-4. Lawrence J. Greene, $49.95

For every teacher who has been at a loss to help the student who seemed helpless, this is a resource that cannot be missed. In HELPING STUDENTS FIX PROBLEMS AND AVOID CRISES, Lawrence Greene details instructional principles to help educators model and mentor effective life skills behaviors for their students. For the child who doesn’t have friends, does poorly in sports, has difficulty learning, or who steals, lies, or bullies, Greene provides solid, proven methods to help these learners discover and practice better life skills.


Helping Teens Learn Self-Regulation: Lessons, Activities & Worksheets for Teaching the Essentials of Responsible Decision-Making & Self-Control. Brad Chapin, $57.95 (includes a CD-ROM of reproducible material) Grades 7-12

Self-regulation includes a universal set of skills necessary for academic success, emotional control, and healthy social interaction. With these resources you will be able to address anger problems, academic performance challenges, anxieties, school safety issues, self-esteem, social skills, and much more. The books provide a solid yet flexible foundation for intervention. The individual strategies are presented in a simple step-by-step process using lessons activities and reproducible worksheets. These strategies can be used individually for a quick intervention, or they can be used to create dozens of unique curricula — tailor made to target specific problem areas for small groups or classrooms.

The authors have split the self-regulation training process into three functional areas: physical, emotional, and cognitive. Using strategies based soundly upon the evidence base of cognitive-behavioral psychology this resource will help you move children and teens progressively through skill areas in each of these three domains. The strategies are creative, fresh, and engaging in order to effect change quickly and increase the long-term impact.


Helping Young People Learn Self-Regulation: Lessons, Activities & Worksheets for Teaching the Essentials of Responsible Decision-Making & Self-Control. Brad Chapin & Matthew Penner, $57.95 (includes a CD-ROM of reproducible material) Grades K-8

Self-regulation includes a universal set of skills necessary for academic success emotional control and healthy social interaction. With this single resource you will be able to address children's anger problems, academic performance challenges, anxieties, school safety issues, self-esteem, social skills, and much more. This resource provides a solid yet flexible foundation for intervention. The individual strategies are presented in a simple step-by-step process using lessons activities and reproducible worksheets. These strategies can be used individually for a quick intervention with children, or they can be used to create dozens of unique curricula – tailor made to target specific problem areas for small groups or classrooms.

The authors have split the self-regulation training process into three functional areas: physical, emotional, and cognitive. Using strategies based soundly upon the evidence base of cognitive-behavioral psychology this resource will help you move children progressively through skill areas in each of these three domains. The strategies are creative, fresh, and engaging in order to effect change quickly and increase the long-term impact on children.

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Icebreakers In a Jar®. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 8-12)

101 cards, each with three engaging questions, help kids break the ice in new situations and develop social skills as they learn more about their peers. Perfect for use in classrooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, teams, and youth groups.


Inspiring and Creative Ideas for Working with Children: How to Build Relationships and Enable Change. Deborah Plummer, $27.95

Employing a range of innovative and creative ideas, this book is full of tips to engage children and promote their wellbeing.

Children are vulnerable to low self-esteem, stress and anxiety because they are still growing and learning. This book looks at what we can do to minimise children's vulnerability to issues such as these, help them to build emotional resilience and teach them effective strategies for dealing with life's ups and downs. The book offers a host of different approaches that adults can use with children, including image-making, storytelling and puppetry. Chapters are brought to life with the voices of parents and professionals describing how these techniques worked for them. They also include guidance on how the principles can be used by professionals in the home, in schools or in therapeutic settings.


Let's Make Friends Card Game. Max Nass & Marcia Nass, $26.50 (Grades K-6)

Friendship making skills will resonate throughout a child's lifetime as a basic human need. Let's Make Friends teaches children how to develop relationships with peers in which they feel liked respected and valued. The main categories of this fun-filled card game contain the most important skills to making and keeping friends.


Next Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children More Advanced Skills to Help Them Deal with Social Challenges, Grades K-6. Diane Senn & Kathy McElvenny, $57.95

This companion resource builds upon the critical social skills taught in First Steps to Social Success and provides skill information for continuing, enhancing and dealing with challenges for social success. Featured Topics include Building Friendships, Managing Friendships, Handling Friendship Problems, and Social Skills in the Classroom.

  • 25 Lesson Plans with Reproducible Handouts
  • Pre and Post Social Skills Assessment
  • Graphic Cue Cards (summarizing each lesson)
  • CD with Digital Interactive Activities and Printable Handouts

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Nurturing Emotional Resilience in Vulnerable Children and Young People: a Practical Guide. Juliette Ttofa, $62.90

Nurturing Emotional Resilience in Vulnerable Children and Young People is a guidebook that provides a framework and practical strategies to support children’s emotional resilience at a whole-school and more targeted level. Underpinned by research into the concept of resilience, the book centers around the ‘Resiliency Rainbow Toolkit’; a ready-to-use theoretical model that draws upon a range of ideas and approaches that act as a resiliency building programme.

This practical and interactive programme can be used by educators and counsellors alike and offers creative and engaging ideas for building emotional resilience in children. Each section of the toolkit provides learning objectives, facilitator notes, discussion questions and student activities and is designed to:

  • support students in identifying their own resiliency levels and support network
  • enable students to recognise and increase their existing strengths and values
  • encourage students to examine their talents, interests, dreams and aspirations
  • introduce strategies for boosting less strong areas such as supportive friendships
  • teach students ways to cope with stress and difficult situations

This guidebook can be used alongside seven fully illustrated storybooks that each focus on a different aspect of emotional resilience. It outlines ways to use these beautifully told and visually appealing stories to nurture emotional resilience with children, and discusses some of the key metaphors in the main story How Monsters Wish to Feel. The guidebook and storybooks will be invaluable tools for anyone working to build emotional resilience with children and young people.

Storybooks that accompany this guide are:

The Boat Star. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

The Boat Star is a therapeutic story about dealing with a painful loss and taking comfort in good memories. It can be used by practitioners and educators as a tool to discuss bereavement and coming to terms with feelings of loss with children.

The Boy Who Longed to Look at the Sun. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

The Boy who Longed to Look at the Sun is a therapeutic story about self-care. The story teaches children the importance of looking after yourself and understanding what is or is not healthy.

The Day the Sky Fell In. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

The Day the Sky Fell In is a therapeutic story about letting go of worries and emotional baggage. To be

used as a tool to discuss with children what we value as important in life and how we can let go of things we don’t need, such as unhealthy or unhelpful feelings, thoughts or behaviours.

The Girl Who Collected Her Own Echo. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

The Girl who Collected Her Own Echo is a therapeutic story about finding friendship.

The Hot and Bothered Air Balloon. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

The Hot and Bothered Air Balloon is a therapeutic story about feeling stressed. The story teaches children about how we can use relaxation and mindfulness techniques when we are feeling stressed, and the benefits of finding an outlet for our emotional distress.

How Monsters Wish to Feel. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

How Monsters Wish to Feel is a therapeutic story about a journey to develop emotional resilience. Through the analogy of monsters, it depicts a tale of how a child’s needs can sometimes become distorted, so that the needs we see expressed through outward behaviour (the monster) mask the true, hidden emotional needs that go unmet. The story also alludes to the importance of focusing on the strengths and protective factors in a child’s life, rather than the problems and risks, in order to promote emotional resilience.

The Tale of Two Fishes. Juliette Ttofa, illustrated by Julia Gallego, $20.90

The Tale of Two Fishes is a therapeutic story about developing resilient thinking. This beautifully illustrated storybook can be used by practitioners, educators and parents as a tool to discuss the importance of resilient thinking and the control we have over our own thoughts and behaviour.

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Positive Discipline in the Classroom: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in Your Classroom, 4th Edition. Jane Nelsen, Lyn Lott & Stephen Glenn, $19.00

In today's classroom, where teachers must compete with digital distractions for their students' attention while trying to satisfy increasingly demanding academic standards, it is more important than ever that educators be able to combat apathy, instill vital problem-solving skills, and create a climate that maximizes learning. Positive Discipline strategies are an effective foundation for fostering cooperation, problem-solving skills, and mutual respect in children. This new edition of POSITIVE DISCIPLINE IN THE CLASSROOM is updated with essential tools for the modern teacher.

  • Create a classroom climate that enhances academic learning 
  • Use encouragement rather than praise and rewards 
  • Instill valuable social skills and positive behavior through the use of class meetings
  • Learn why involving students in solving problems is much more effective than punishment
  • Understand the motivation behind students' behavior instead of looking for causes 

Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom. Patty O’Grady, $31.50

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM presents the basics of positive psychology to educators and provides interactive resources to enrich teachers’ proficiency when using positive psychology in the classroom. Patty O’Grady underlines the importance of teaching the whole child: encouraging social awareness and positive relationships, fostering self-motivation, and emphasizing social and emotional learning. Through the use of positive psychology in the classroom, children can learn to be more emotionally aware of their own and others’ feelings, use their strengths to engage academically and socially, pursue meaningful lives, and accomplish their personal goals. 

The book begins with Martin Seligman’s positive psychology principles, and continues into an overview of affective learning, including its philosophical and psychological roots, from finding the “golden mean” of emotional regulation to finding a child’s potencies and “golden self.” O’Grady connects the core concepts of educational neuroscience to the principles of positive psychology, explaining how feelings permeate the brain, affecting children’s thoughts and actions; how insular neurons make us feel empathy and help us learn by observation; and how the frontal cortex is the hall monitor of the brain. The book is full of practical examples and interactive resources that invite every educator to create a positive psychology classroom, where children can flourish and reach their full potential.

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Promoting Emotional Education: Engaging Children and Young People with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Edited by Carmel Cafai & Paul Cooper, $41.95

PROMOTING EMOTIONAL EDUCATION connects with the contemporary shift from an exclusively academic focus towards a more balanced and broader approach to education, with an emphasis on both academic and emotional literacy.

The book suggests adopting educational practices which encourage feelings of emotional security, promote trusting and supportive relationships and reflect students' views and feelings. The contributors emphasize evidence-based practice, proposing various strategies which have proven to be effective in improving the social and academic behaviour of children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.


Promoting Resilience in the Classroom: a Guide to Developing Pupils’ Emotional and Cognitive Skills. Carmel Cefai, $35.95

Resilience is a set of qualities that enable children to adapt and transform, to overcome risk and adversity, and to develop social competence, problem-solving skills, autonomy and a sense of purpose. For children and young people it is as vital to possess these qualities in school environments as in the family and the community at large. This handbook for teachers and educators explores ways of nurturing resilience in vulnerable students. It proposes a new, positive way of thinking about schools as institutions that can foster cognitive and socio-emotional competence in all students.


Raising Peacemakers. Esther Sokolov Fine, $23.95

Raising Peacemakers tells a 22-year story of kids growing up with peacemaking as their foundation. At Downtown Alternative School (DAS), a small public elementary school in Toronto, child-to-child conflicts were understood as opportunities. Children and adults worked hard to create a warm inclusive community where differing viewpoints and disagreements could be handled fairly and safely.

While the book includes documentation and transcripts, it’s a narrative rather than an academic text. It’s a trail of re-thinking, negotiating and re-negotiating, solving and re-solving (occasionally resolving) teaching and learning dilemmas. It’s a tale of one school’s brave and optimistic effort to create and sustain healthy, safe, equitable, and academically relevant conditions for and with people whose lives were and are at stake in public education. It’s about children and adults growing together as they discover more about what it means (and what it takes) to become responsible citizens who care about each other, about their community, and about the world.

The DAS community was dedicated to the serious work, and to the joy, of respectful relationships and power sharing. This book invites you to step back more than twenty years to learn about how this began and what keeps it alive to this day.

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Reaching All by Creating Tribes Learning Communities: a New Way of Learning and Being Together. Jeanne Gibbs, $57.95

REACHING ALL BY CREATING TRIBES LEARNING COMMUNITIES blends the fields of group process and cooperative learning; prevention and resiliency; learning theory and school change into a comprehensive, meaningful whole. This readable, useable, wonderful book is not just a set of activities to build community.

Jeanne Gibbs and her colleagues incorporate the latest research on teaching and learning. They illustrate specifically how the Tribes process applies to a variety of school and organizational needs. Most importantly, they help the reader to feel hopeful and proud to be working and learning together with children and with each other.


Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child. Mary Gordon, $19.95

Mary Gordon, an educator who has worked for more than two decades with children from all kinds of backgrounds, believes that the solution to bullying and other anti-social behaviour lies within each child's innate sense of caring and compassion. She believes that infusing children with empathy constitutes nothing less than a new paradigm in our approach to child-raising.

Through Roots of Empathy, her highly successful organization, Mary Gordon creates a rich, rewarding classroom experience that fosters empathy within children. The program brings babies and students together in a symbiotic loving environment that has been proven to reduce aggression and increase tolerance and emotional understanding in children. Roots of Empathy has reached over 500,000 children worldwide. Founder Mary Gordon’s contribution has been recognized with the Order of Canada, the David E. Mitchell Award of Distinction, and has given her the opportunity to dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on three separate occasions.

In ROOTS OF EMPATHY: CHANGING THE WORLD CHILD BY CHILD the innovative and inspired book based on her groundbreaking research and successful classroom program, Mary Gordon shares her vision of a nation of compassionate and caring children who will pass on their legacy of empathy to their own children.


The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People's Mental Health and Happiness. Jenny Hulme, $27.95

As rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders are on the up among young people, how can schools provide appropriate information and support for the young people in their classrooms? How can they bridge the gap between what they know matters — the impact of these issues on learning and life-long health — and the mounting day-to-day priorities and pressures of school life?

This book provides unique insight into 12 projects that are helping to answer these questions and supporting teachers to make mental health and emotional wellbeing a key player in the school day. With a mix of longer-term initiatives and simple strategies that schools can put in place immediately, it explores mentoring and mindfulness, social action and sport, Lego play and poetry, the power of parents and the role of PSHE. It describes how these projects work practically and shares the impact they are having, increasing resilience and raising the aspirations and emotional wellbeing of the whole school community. This book is a source of inspiration for teachers, leadership teams, pastoral care teams, school counsellors and psychologists.

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Seven Skills for School Success: Activities to Develop Social & Emotional Intelligence in Young Children. Pam Schiller, $21.95

Before learning their ABCs or their numbers, children need to develop their social intelligence and emotional intelligence as the essential building blocks for all future learning.

Pam Schiller provides information, activities, and experiences that develop the seven skills children need in order to become successful learners. These include the ability to relate to and play with others, express feelings, and understand how others feel.


Sharing the Blue Crayon: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literacy Learning. Mary Anne Buckley, $27.95

Social-emotional learning is at the heart of good teaching, but as curriculum and testing requirements consume more and more classroom time, these critical skills often get sidelined. This straightforward book shows busy teachers ways to incorporate social-emotional learning into everyday literacy lessons. Through simple activities such as read-alouds, sing-alongs, murals, and performances, students will learn how to get along in a group, empathize with others, develop self-control, and give and receive feedback — all while becoming confident readers and writers!


Social Skills Matter! Betty Ashbaker & Jill Morgan, $37.95 (grades PK-2)

Help your students learn how to communicate effectively, make good choices, and practice appropriate behavior with Social Skills Matter! This book includes over 80 reproducible mini-books for children to assemble, color, read, and make their own. Each mini-book focuses on a different facet of important social skills including cooperative play, learning about feelings, communication, school-day behavior, manners, and behavior management. Mastery of these essential social skills can be a factor in determining a child’s future success, social acceptance, and happiness. Features:

  • Developmental tasks for communication, emotions, manners, relationships, and daily living skills
  • Multisensory activities that shape behavior through auditory, visual, and tactile senses

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Tackling Controversial Issues in the Primary School: Facing Life’s Challenges with Your Learners. Richard Woolley, $55.95

Talking effectively about controversial issues with young children is a challenge facing every primary school teacher. TACKLING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES provides teachers with support and guidance as you engage with the more tricky questions and topics you and your pupils encounter.

Illuminated with case studies and examples of how teachers and children have confronted issues together, this book helps you understand your own perspectives and provides fresh approaches for the primary classroom. It considers how best to work with parents, whole-school policies for tackling issues, and ideas for circle time, setting up international links, school councils and buddy systems. TACKLING CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES provides much needed support as you help your learners face complicated ideas, find their voice and get involved in the issues that they feel make a difference.


Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Strategies and Activities for Helping Students Make Effective Choices. Adina Bloom Lewkowicz, $30.99

A teacher's guide that provides educators with fresh and engaging techniques to help children increase self-awareness, manage emotions, build self-control, and develop positive relationships.


Teaching Self-Regulation to Children through Interactive Lessons. Will Moody & Brad Chapman, $79.95 (grades K-6)

Unique interactive lessons designed for use on Windows and MAC-based workstations and digital whiteboards such as SMART Boards and Promethean Boards. These highly interactive lessons are designed to teach students the skills, strategies, and behaviors they need to regulate their own physical, emotional, and cognitive processes. Some of the strategies taught through these lessons include:

 •  Melting Freeze (Regulate BODY)  •  Animal Movements (Regulate BODY)  •  Cooling the Flame (Regulate BODY)  •  Name Your Emotions (Regulate EMOTIONS)  •  Emotional Rain Gauge (Regulate EMOTIONS)  •  Emotional Knot (Regulate EMOTIONS)  •  Don’t Take the Bait (Regulate THOUGHTS)  •  Defiance Trap (Regulate THOUGHTS)  •  Domino Effect (Regulate THOUGHTS)  •  Magnetic Thoughts (Regulate THOUGHTS)

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Teaching the 3 Cs: Creativity, Curiosity and Courtesy. Patricia Dischler, $39.95

The development of affective skills can make a critical difference in a child’s future yet the emphasis for many parents and educators is on early exposure to academic content. TEACHING THE THREE Cs bridges this gap and demonstrates how incorporating creativity, curiosity and courtesy into classroom instruction can support the development of lifelong learning.


Using Picture Books to Enhance Children's Social and Emotional Literacy: Creative Activities and Programs for Parents and Professionals. Susan Elswick, $33.95

Children can struggle to engage with and articulate certain emotions, which can have a profound impact on their behaviour, confidence and ability to form relationships, follow instructions and perform tasks. This resource for teachers, therapists, counsellors and parents uses children's literature and some of its well-known characters, such as the Rainbow Fish and Stanley Yelnats IV from Holes, as a basis for practical activities that enable children to express and manage these emotions.

Social-emotional literacy training assists students in developing important life skills such as the ability to develop good relationships and empathy skills, as well as being able to understand, manage and communicate their own emotions. This book offers an introduction to social-emotional literacy, followed by activities related to emotions such as empathy, friendship, grief and self-esteem, aiming to embed this literacy training into daily school and home activities to increase children's chances of future success.


What to Do with the Kid Who... Developing Cooperation, Self Discipline and Responsibility in the Classroom, 3rd Edition. Kay Burke, $53.95

Kay Burke offers proven disciplinary ideas and strategies for the diverse classroom. This revised edition provides the foundation teachers need to help students take responsibility for their own behavior, resolve their own conflicts and celebrate their own learning.


Whole Child Education. John Miller, $25.95

Public education is often viewed as dominated by an emphasis on test scores and narrowly defined parameters of performance and achievement. By contrast, John Miller's WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION fosters relationships between various forms of thinking, links body and mind, and recognizes the inner life of the child.

Addressing issues of teaching, curriculum, the school, and teacher wellness, Miller presents three basic approaches (transmission, transaction, and transformation) that facilitate a connection with the whole student. Practical examples from teachers who have incorporated Miller's ideas into their own classrooms and descriptions of Toronto's Whole Child School (founded in 2009) illustrate how the 'Whole Curriculum' can be implemented on both the small and large scale. Inspired by the powerful vision of Martin Luther King and his concept of the Beloved Community, WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION is a vehicle for building community through holistic education.

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Animal Related Guidance: Teaching Social Skills Using Pets or Puppets, Grades 2-5. Patty Stang-Erickson & Val Rae Boe, $28.95

Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher. William Powell & Ochan Kusuma-Powell, $25.95

Black Ants and Buddhists: Thinking Critically and Teaching Differently in the Primary Grades. Mary Cowhey, $27.95

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Creating Emotionally Literate Classrooms: an Introduction to the RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning. Edited by Marcia Brackett & Janet Pickard Kremenitzer, $29.50

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The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom. Maurice Elias & Harriet Arnold, editors. $67.50

Effective Interventions for Social-Emotional Learning. Frank Gresham, $39.95

Everyone's Talking: Stories to Engage Middle Schoolers in Social Conversation, Grades 6-9. Cindi Dodd, $31.95

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Helping Preschool-Age Children Learn Self-Regulation: Lessons, Activities, Songs, and Games Designed To Give Children the Skills They Need to Succeed for the Rest of Their Lives.Brad Chapin, $57.95 (includes a CD-ROM of reproducible material)

Helping Students Fix Problems and Avoid Crises: an Easy-to-Use Intervention Resource for Grades 1-4. Lawrence J. Greene, $49.95

Helping Teens Learn Self-Regulation: Lessons, Activities & Worksheets for Teaching the Essentials of Responsible Decision-Making & Self-Control. Brad Chapin, $57.95 (includes a CD-ROM of reproducible material) Grades 7-12

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Icebreakers In a Jar®. Free Spirit Publishing, $14.99 (ages 8-12)

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Inspiring and Creative Ideas for Working with Children: How to Build Relationships and Enable Change. Deborah Plummer, $27.95

Let's Make Friends Card Game. Max Nass & Marcia Nass, $26.50 (Grades K-6)

Next Steps to Social Success: Teaching Children More Advanced Skills to Help Them Deal with Social Challenges, Grades K-6. Diane Senn & Kathy McElvenny, $57.95

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Positive Discipline in the Classroom: Developing Mutual Respect, Cooperation, and Responsibility in Your Classroom, 4th Edition. Jane Nelsen, Lyn Lott & Stephen Glenn, $19.00

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Promoting Emotional Education: Engaging Children and Young People with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Edited by Carmel Cafai & Paul Cooper, $41.95

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Reaching All by Creating Tribes Learning Communities: a New Way of Learning and Being Together. Jeanne Gibbs, $57.95

Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child. Mary Gordon, $19.95

The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People's Mental Health and Happiness. Jenny Hulme, $27.95

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Whole Child Education. John Miller, $25.95

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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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