Social Emotional Learning: Read Alouds MEGA Bundle

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Social Emotional Learning is more important than ever right now. But how can you fit it into your schedule? Picture books are a great way to easily incorporate SEL!

These interactive read aloud lesson plans for Social Emotional Learning are ready for you to simply print and teach! They were developed to support you in teaching, modeling and reinforcing these important skills.

There are 50 units with detailed, interactive read-alouds to teach SEL skills with picture books. Full of hands-on, engaging lessons that encourage students to express themselves and build important social emotional skills.

Teach students the most important lessons in life when they need it the most with units and activities on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships and decision making skills.


Each Social Emotional Learning lesson includes:

Teacher Guide

Each interactive read aloud includes a teacher's guide that outlines the lesson. It provides an introduction to help prepare your students for their learning and set a purpose for the read aloud. It also includes important vocabulary words and the strands that the lesson covers.

Talking Points

There are higher level thinking questions and talking points to prompt student discussion. Each one has a page number so that you know exactly where in the story to stop!

These will guide students to deepen their understanding of the the SEL skill and respond in meaningful ways. These questions can be printed out on a one page guide or on sticky notes, which will allow you to place them right int he book!

Student Response

The interactive read aloud also comes with a written response and activity sheet to really help your students connect with the text and build their knowledge on the SEL skill. There are multiple response sheets that allow for differentiation. An answer key is also provided for your reference.


The craftivity provides a hands-on, engaging component to help students practice the SEL skill. It helps connect the focus to the picture book and to students' lives.

Task Cards

The task cards can be used a few different ways. the cards could be used orally as a whole class discussion or in small groups. Students could also respond to the task cards individually on the recording sheet that is included.

The task cards provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions to help students apply the SEL skill to their own life.


*only available in the mega bundles*

The first bonus is a set of calendars with read aloud book titles for every SEL skill. There are over 150 book titles, so you will have enough for the entire school year!


*only available in the mega bundles*

The second bonus is a Social Emotional Learning Journal for students. It includes over 150 writing prompts for the entire year! There is one week of prompts for every SEL skill.

The SEL journal aligns perfectly with the calendar bonus! The journal, however, can be used without reading the books.

The Social Emotional Learning journal is available in both color and black and white - choose the one that works best for you!


Who are the SEL read alouds for?

This resource is for classroom teachers who need a simple, yet effective way to integrate Social Emotional Learning into their day. This low prep resource is easy to implement, but can be used when teachers have time.

It is ideal to focus on one skill per week and there are 38 different interactive read alouds in the full bundle. That's a whole year of Social Emotional interactive read alouds!

The interactive read aloud lesson plans for SEL are meaningful and engaging, yet they are are simple and can be completed in a short amount of time.


What SEL lessons are included in this bundle?

The interactive read alouds loosely align with the CASEL framework of the 5 core competencies for SEL, as well as other state SEL initiatives, which are research-based.


Book Title: Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Building Confidence

Book Title: Only One You by Linda Kranz

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Hopes for the Future

Book Title: I Can Handle It! by Laurie Wright

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Positive Thinking Skills

Book Title: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Growth Mindset

Book Title: The Three Questions by John J. Muth

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Good Character

Book Title: Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Understanding Feelings

Book Title: There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Strengths and Challenges


Book Title: Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Strengths and Challenges

Book Title: Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

SEL Skill: Self-Awareness: Showing Kindness


Book Title: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

SEL Skill: Self-Management: Working Hard

Book Title: Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Stan and Jan Berenstain

SEL Skill: Self-Management: Staying Organized

Book Title: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

SEL Skill: Self-Management: Self-Control

Book Title: In My Heart by Jo Witek

SEL Skill: Self-Management: Expressing Emotions

Book Title: I Am Peace by Susan Verde

SEL Skill: Self-Management: Calming Strategies

Book Title: Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan

SEL Skill: Self-Management: Making Goals

Book Title: Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

SEL Skill: Self-Management: Perseverance


Book Title: We Don't Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Social Expectations

Book Title: Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Social Cues

Book Title: Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Showing Respect

Book Title: Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Perspective Taking

Book Title: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Developing Empathy

Book Title: Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Showing Kindness

Book Title: The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Celebrating Diversity

Book Title: Thank You Omu by Oge Mora

SEL Skill: Social Awareness: Community


Book Title: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

SEL Skill: Relationships: Friendship Skills

Book Title: Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! by Trudy Ludwig

SEL Skill: Relationships: Conversations

Book Title: Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

SEL Skill: Relationships: Including Others

Book Title: Day at the Beach by Tom Booth

SEL Skill: Relationships: Working with Others

Book Title: The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

SEL Skill: Relationships: Compromising

Book Title: Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

SEL Skill: Relationships: Conflict Resolution

Book Title: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

SEL Skill: Relationships: Making Up for Mistakes

Book Title: Millie Fierce by Jane Manning

SEL Skill: Relationships: Getting Along with Others


Book Title: What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Being Responsible

Book Title: The Way I Act by Steve Metzger

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Making Good Choices

Book Title: Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Taking Responsibility

Book Title: How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe? by Jane Yolen

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Staying Safe

Book Title: What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Problem Solving

Book Title: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Healthy Habits

Book Title: After the Fall by Dan Santat

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Reflecting on Choices

Book Title: A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

SEL Skill: Decision Making: Peer Influence


Book Title: Be You by Peter H. Reynolds

SEL Skill: Being Yourself

Book Title: Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival

SEL Skill: Making Friends

Book Title: The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

SEL Skill: Accepting Others

Book Title: The Thing Lou Couldn't Do by Ashley Spires

SEL Skill: Growth Mindset

Book Title: Don't Hug Doug by Carrie Finison

SEL Skill: Personal Space

Book Title: Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds

SEL Skill: Speaking Up

Book Title: The Bad Seed by Jory John

SEL Skill: Making Positive Change

Book Title: The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

SEL Skill: Having Confidence

Book Title: The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett

SEL Skill: Making Mistakes

Book Title: Raise Your Hand by Alice Paul Tapper

SEL Skill: Participation

Keep your teaching colorful,

Sara ☺

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


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