The global pandemic changed the lives of many adults and children across the globe. As students return to school and continue to navigate the new world after facing this hardship, educators must be prepared to provide support and guidance. Mulvahill (2021) shares "kids need support and instruction to manage successfully in school (whether that’s in person or online) and in life. Skills like recognizing and managing emotions, being a good friend, controlling impulses, communicating effectively, and working with others are invaluable" (para. 1). Utilizing books in the classroom with the focus on social-emotional learning, dealing with feelings, frustrations, and challenges, and friendship can offer students support. Educators can utilize books for the whole class Read Aloud or partner/small group books in their classrooms. Books can also serve as discussion starters to help students talk about challenges and issues with their classmates. Various books can also serve as a starting off point for social-emotional, relationship building, and resilience classroom games and activities. Educators also can focus on various ways to support out-of-school learning and resilience in the home through books. A few books with discussion topics, activities, and out-of-school learning activities include: Resilience, Healthy Mindset for Super Kids, Bounce Back Betty, and Resilience - Facing Challenges.
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University, United States
Leslie Haas, Xavier University of Louisiana, United States