Goal Setting in Picture Books
I started to post Sunday SEL reads a few weeks ago to keep a weekly post of recommended books to check out. I try to include read alouds on youtube in case you are unable to obtain the book - you can still check it out. If the link doesn't work, try to google, there are lots of resources online.
Picture Books are fantastic learning tools for all ages. While primary is where we see the most picture books and read alouds, there is power in using these types of books at all grade levels – yes even secondary! My middle schoolers always loved picture books and inferring and connecting through stories.
Here are a few recommendations for Social Emotional Learning Picture Books, specifically around the topic of goal setting, managing expectations and believing in yourself. Some of these books were suggested to me from teachers taking an SEL education course. Enjoy!
How to Catch a Star – by Oliver Jeffers
A boy dreams of owning his own star. The story is about perseverance, problem solving, flexibility and goal setting. The book can be used as a prompt for getting students to set their own goals and come with different action plans on how to achieve the goals.
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3oQcKxE-ck
Bertie Wings It! – by Leslie Gorin
This book has a simple, but sweet message – believe in yourself, trust your gut and fly high. Bertie is a bird that knows he is ready to fly but his friends try to convince him he isn’t ready. The book shows how self awareness and beliving in yourself can go a long way to success.
Read Aloud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TRip5I16S4
Howard B Wigglebottom Learns its ok to back away – by Howard Binkow
This story shows anger and frustration and appropriate responses to those emotions. Howard doesn’t have strategies to cope so he often lashes out, but he learns to stop and think and back away. Goal setting to handle emotions in different ways.
Read Aloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycASrEvy5c4
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