Books about friendship and getting along with others — while celebrating kindness, empathy, and inclusion among their peers — fosters a more productive learning environment for all students. Having an effective classroom library is key to achieving this goal! 

While students are bound to encounter conflict and disagreements, these moments are the perfect opportunity to improve classroom behavior by teaching kids to react with patience and understanding. By reading and discussing stories together, students can learn to navigate and cope with complex emotions like frustration, anger, sadness, disappointment, and fear. Check out all of the best SEL books to share

During read-aloud time, start a conversation by asking your students about a time they felt good about getting along with their peers or a time when they peacefully resolved an argument. Ask them how they did it and why they chose to respond with kindness, and how it made them and their friends feel.

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