Using Picture Books to Enhance Children’s Social and Emotional Literacy: Creative Activities and Programs for Parents and Professionals


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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.


  • 1. Introduction to Social-Emotional Literacy.
  • 2. Assessment and Progress Monitoring Social-Emotional Skills.
  • 3. Empathy Skills.
  • 4. Friendship/Social Skills.
  • 5. Bullying/Conflict Resolution.
  • 6. Grief/Loss.
  • 7. Feelings/Emotions.
  • 8. Facing Fears/Courage.
  • 9. Being Truthful.
  • 10. Uniqueness/Differences.
  • 11. Self-esteem.

Author Bio:

Dr. Susan Elswick, Ed.D, LCSW, LSSW, RPT-1 is the CEO/ owner of Behaviour Services of the Mid-South LLC. Dr. Elswick received her masters degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and her doctorate in Special Education with a specialty in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Memphis. She is a Licensed School Social Worker in TN, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Registered Play Therapist.


What a jewel of a tool for therapists, teachers, parents, and anyone who loves witnessing the healthy social-emotional development of our sweet kiddos! The concepts and practical exercises in this book are truly demonstrative of Dr. Elswick’s depth and breadth of clinical and research experience. I can’t wait to integrate this creative approach into my work with children and adolescents!