Social-Emotional Learning Book Companion Lessons & Read Aloud Activities BUNDLE

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This Social-Emotional Learning Children's Book Companion Bundle includes 40 book companions on popular children’s books that relate to emotions, self-regulation, growth mindset, respect and manners, friendship, self-esteem and self-love, kindness, and empathy.

⭐Get ready to revolutionize your read aloud time with the mind+heart Social Emotional Learning Book Companion Bundle! Book companions provide lessons that dig deep into popular children's books on important social and emotional topics.

⭐No more wasting your precious teacher planning time looking for the RIGHT books to teach important topics. This bundle has curated lists of mentor texts ready for you to grab and go! Kids will love the follow-up activities that are included for each book!

⭐Turn your read aloud time into meaningful, structured opportunities to support your students and help them develop the most important skills they need in life (the social-emotional ones)!

⭐Children will participate in classroom discussions and book chats, share their feelings in written form, and participate in fun, engaging activities that build emotional awareness and social skills.

♥ 8 Individual differentiated and digital resources are included in this Bundle.

♥ Each topic includes 5 popular children's books, for a total of 40 books.

**Check out the PREVIEW for a thorough look into what this Bundle includes!**

Included in each jam-packed Social-Emotional Learning Book Companion Pack:

  • Lessons and activities that focus on 5 Children’s books related to social and emotional concepts
  • Each book companion comes with a detailed lesson plan, book chat cards to guide a discussion, anchor chart, and book response (writing or collage)
  • 4 follow-up activities included for every book (many in digital format)
  • Book companion guide with safe links for easy viewing
  • Google Slides ready for use in Google Classroom
  • Images for use in Seesaw
  • Interactive PowerPoint file of the digital templates for use in your preferred platform


There is a detailed lesson plan for each book with “Book Chat” cards and questions to guide your discussion before, during, and after reading. An interactive anchor chart and writing activity are included that focus on the social-emotional skill presented in the book and encourage children to express their thinking. This is an excellent way to incorporate social-emotional learning into your ELA block each week!


Each book comes with 4 follow-up activities to build upon the book’s social-emotional lesson. A fun variety of activities are included for independent, partner, and small group use. These high-interest activities are a great way to extend the book’s discussion and build the social-emotional skills kids need!


Book companions come with a digital anchor chart or interactive poster slides, writing template, and additional digital activities. These are ready in Google Slides™ for use in Google Classroom™. You will be provided with instructions on how to access and a link to create a copy. The digital pages are great for use during remote teaching, distance learning, and in a one-to-one classroom!

Why You Need This Book Companion BUNDLE:

♥ The children’s books in this bundle have been carefully chosen as they cover the important topics that we often do not have time to teach (SEL ones).

♥ It provides opportunities for meaningful discussions and uses impactful activities that build important social and emotional skills.

♥ Children need to develop social skills and emotional regulation, and these books, lessons, and activities will guide them there!

♥ Since you are using literature to teach, you are covering important English Language Arts standards and building children’s literacy skills.

♥ This resource provides a TON of variety for each book, keeping things fresh and engaging for kids!

♥ As it includes printable and digital activities, this bundle is great for use during whole-group lessons, homeschooling, and in one-to-one classrooms.

5 Self-Regulation Book Companions:

1. My Magic Breath by Nick Ortner

2. Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia

3. The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

4. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

5. Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin

5 Emotional Awareness Book Companions:

1. The Color Monster by Anna Llenas

2. In My Heart by Jo Witek

3. The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

4. Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley & Anne Miranda

5. F is for Feelings by Goldie Millar & Lisa A. Berger

5 Growth Mindset Book Companions:

1. Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook

2. The Magical Yet by Angela DiTerlizzi

3. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Pett & Rubinstein

4. The Dot by Peter Reynolds

5. The Bad Seed by Jory John

5 Respect & Manners Book Companions:

1. Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

2. Respect and Take Care of Things by Cheri J. Meiners

3. Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones

4. Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

5. Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom

5 Friendship Book Companions:

1. Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border

2. Meesha Makes a Friend by Tom Percival

3. Stick and Stone by Ferry & Lichtenheld

4. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

5. The Bad Seed by Jory John

5 Self-Esteem Book Companions:

1. Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival

2. The Smart Cookie by John & Oswald

3. Thelma the Unicorn by Aaron Blabey

4. Be You by Peter Reynolds

5. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

5 Kindness Book Companions:

1. Be Kind by Pat Miller

2. Try a Little Kindness by Henry Cole

3. A Little Spot of Kindness by Diane Alber

4. The Cool Bean by John Jory & Pete Oswald

5. Kindness is a Kite String by Michelle Schaub

5 Empathy Book Companions:

  1. You, Me, & Empathy by Jayneen Sanders
  2. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip & Hannah Hoose
  3. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  4. The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo
  5. I Am Human by Susan Verde

Suggestions on How to Use:

  • Each lesson starts with a book chat that continues during and after reading a book. There are questions included to guide your discussion.
  • There is an anchor chart idea provided to enhance the book’s lesson.
  • A follow-up writing activity can be used to extend the discussion.
  • There are 4 activities for each children’s book. Some include digital options.
  • I suggest reading 1 book per week and doing the lesson. Use the extra activities to reinforce the topic covered in the story throughout the week.
  • Differentiated templates included. Please choose what fits best with your students’ abilities and needs.
  • The lessons and activities work great for after morning meetings or end of the day lessons, school counselors and classroom teachers, and children in K-2.

Don’t own a copy of a book? No problem! Safe links to video recordings of books being read aloud are included, as well as a book list of more books to use during your lessons.

Looking for more Social-Emotional Learning lessons and activities? Check out the curriculum that is needed in ALL classrooms -> The BEST-SELLING mind+heart curriculum available for K-2 and grades 3-5. This curriculum would make the perfect addition to your SEL instruction with the book companions included in this bundle!

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