children's books for developing emotional intelligence - ages 5 to 8 years

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The stories here are not only good reads, but they are also a great starting point for discussion about emotional, moral and social issues. They can be used as a starting point for group discussions,  PHSE sessions, or circle time.

This list is updated regularly, so come back soon! We welcome suggestions for our list from practitioners, so feel free to email Nicola with book title, author, and a brief review of any books that you find useful for the development of EQ.

Elmer: The Story of a Patchwork Elephant  David McKee

Elmer is not like the rest of the elephants in the jungle, he's a multi-coloured patchwork elephant! In this story, Elmer discovers that his friends laugh at him, not because he's different but because he's the most happy-go-lucky and ever-so-appealing, loveable elephant in the world! A story about celebrating our differences.

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  What If the Zebras Lost Their Stripes? John Reitano 0809166496

Together with wonderful illustrations by William Haines, Reitano captures the essence and beauty of acceptance. A great springboard for discussion about respecting differences and individuality..

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Love you Forever  Robert Munsch

The mother sings to her sleeping baby "I'll love you forever, I'll love you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be". She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far, so ordinary--but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing in to her grown son's window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Hilarious but poignant, this thought-provoking book is popular with children and adults of all ages.

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My Many Colored Days  Dr Seuss

This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.

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Isabel's Noisy Tummy  David McKee

There seems to be no remedy for Isabel's noisy tummy, and her classmates think it's highly amusing. But one day Isabel's growling tummy saves everyone from a fierce tiger and she suddenly finds herself the school heroine.

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Avocado Baby  John Burningham

When the weedy Hargraves have another baby, they're concerned that it's going to be just as weak and pathetic as them. Then one day they feed it avocados. The baby grows and grows, until he eventually even defeats the bullies!

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The Kiss that Missed  David Melling

The king was in a hurry and blew his son a bedtime kiss…but it missed! A knight is sent to the depths of the forest to locate the precious kiss. The kiss flies out of the window, the prince is distraught and the hapless knight is send into the deep dark forest to fetch the kiss back. What will he encounter there? A touching tale about the power of love.

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Arthur and the Big Bust-up  Marc Brown

Arthur and his football team are on their way to the playoffs, until their two best players-Francine and the Brain - have a huge argument. When they refuse even to pass to each other it seems the team are doomed to lose. It's up to Arthur and Buster to come up with a plan to get the pair talking again in time for the all important final game, but it isn't going to be easy.

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books about the brain and learning

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books about accelerated learning

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books about intelligence

books about play

books about mapping

books about circle time

books about self-esteem and motivation

books about infant and child development

children's books for developing emotional intelligence:

For early years

For ages 9 to 11 years

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