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In this valuable resource, the authors share recommendations for diverse and culturally relevant, quality children’s literature that explores important aspects of social-emotional learning. In each chapter, book suggestions are paired with activities that promote positive self-reflection and compassionate action toward others.


  • Gain a basic understanding of social-emotional learning and concepts.
  • Discover why literature is an effective tool for conveying diversity issues and social-emotional concepts.
  • Engage young students with literature and activities to help them understand complex issues.
  • Integrate literature from a vast array of diverse groups into classroom learning to broaden cultural understanding.
  • Create an environment in which students can learn, process, and celebrate cultural differences.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Promoting Social-Emotional Development Through Diverse and Culturally Relevant Children’s Literature
Chapter 1: Developing Social-Emotional Skills in Young Children
Chapter 2: Using Diverse and Culturally Relevant Literature
Part II: Affirming Others and Self and Asserting Self Through Diverse and Culturally Relevant Children’s Literature
Chapter 3: Affirming Others
Chapter 4: Affirming Self
Chapter 5: Asserting Self
Part III: Dealing With Aggression and Conflict Through Diverse and Culturally Relevant Children’s Literature
Chapter 6: Responding to Aggression
Chapter 7: Playing and Working Cooperatively With Others
Chapter 8: Questioning Unfair Practices


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8



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