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Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum, Third Edition has a lists of recommended books for children to enhance the curriculum. There is also a list of book suggestions for parents and guardians related to children's social-emotional development.

Children's Books Grades 1-3

A Bad Case of Stripes

by David ShannonYear Published:Easy Reading

Camilla is so concerned about what others think that she is untrue to herself and comes down with a bizarre illness.(dealing with peer pressure, identifying feelings, problem solving)

A Friend Like Ed

by Karen WagnerYear Published:Average

Mildred accepts her best friend, Ed, even though he is eccentric sometimes.(accepting differences, similarities and differences)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith ViorstYear Published:Easy Reading

Some days, nothing goes right for Alexander, and he thinks about going to Australia.(identifying feelings, feelings change, calming down, anger buttons)

Amanda Pig on Her Own

by Jean Van LeeuwenYear Published:Easy Reading

Amanda discovers the troubles and joys of being by herself.(reflection, communicating feelings, problem solving, expressing concern, anger buttons)

Crickwing

by Janell CannonYear Published:Easy Reading

A lonely cockroach named Crickwing has a creative idea that saves the day for the leaf-cutting ants when their forest enemies attack them.(dealing with being left out, dealing with name-calling and teasing, feelings change, fairness, problem solving)

Enemy Pie

by Derek MunsonYear Published:Average

when Jeremy Ross moves into the neighborhood and becomes enemy number one, a boy's father helps him by making his famous enemy pie.(identifying feelings, problem solving, fairness)

Finding the Green Stone

by Alice WalkerYear Published:Average

After saying unkind things to family and friends, Johnny loses both his green stone and his interest in activities, and he only recovers them when he discovers love within his heart.(cause and effect, active listening, expressing concern, asking for help, apologizing, problem solving)

Hey, Little Ant

by Phillip Hoose, Hannah HooseYear Published:Average

An ant pleads with a boy not to squash him.(reflection, identifying feelings, dealing with peer pressure, perspectives, fairness)

Hooway for Wodney Wat

by Helen LesterYear Published:Average

Rodney's speech impediment initially makes him the target of the class bully; later, it makes him a hero.(dealing with name-calling and teasing, identifying feelings)

I, Amber Brown

by Paula DanzigerYear Published:Average

After Amber's parents decide to share custody of her, she struggles to understand how to live in two homes with two different sets of rules.(identifying feelings, apologizing, anger buttons, self-talk, feelings change)

Ira Says Goodbye

by Bernard WaberYear Published:Average

Ira's best friend is moving to a neighboring town. Both Ira and Reggie struggle to process what it means to lose a best friend.(reflection, problem solving, communicating feelings)

Judy Moody

by Megan McDonaldYear Published:Challenging
Judy is prone to grouchiness, but the process of working on her "Me" collage helps her focus on the positive aspects of her life.(feelings, accepting differences, feelings change, anger buttons, calming down)
Julian's Glorious Summer

by Ann CameronYear Published:Challenging

When his best friend, Gloria, receives a new bike, Julian spends the summer avoiding her because of his fear of bikes.(feelings, conflicting feelings, problem solving, accepting consequences)

The In-Between Days

by Eve BuntingYear Published:Challenging

Reluctant to see any changes in his on Dove island, george tries to get rid of his father's girlfriend.(anger buttons, dealing with disappointment, making conversation, feelings change)

The Table Where Rich People Sit

by Byrd BaylorYear Published:Average

A girl discovers her impoverished family is rich in things that matter in life.(identifying feelings, reflection, feelings change)

Children's Books Grades 4-6

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamilloYear Published:Easy Reading

Opal adopts a stray dog, and through her, forms many new friendships.(fellings, feelings change, perceptions, active listening, reflection, empathy)

Blubber

by Judy BlumeYear Published:Easy Reading

Jill joins her classmates in harassing Linda until she herself finds out what it feels like to be a victim.(reflection, feelings change, dealing with being left out, dealing with gossip, dealing with put-downs, perceptions, cause and effect, taking responsibility for your actions, dealing with consequences)

Cages

by Peg KehretYear Published:Easy Reading

Upset about problems at home and at school, Kit steals a gold bracelet from a store - and gets caught. Through her sentence - volunteer work at a humane society - Kit finds new solutions to her problems.(problem solving, keeping a promise, taking responsibility for your actions, feelings change)

Cousins

by Virginia HamiltonYear Published:Average
Cammie can't stand her too-perfect cousin Patty Ann until a tragedy teaches her about love and forgiveness.(reflection, identifying feelings, feelings change, accepting differences)
Darnell Rock Reporting

by Walter Dean MyersYear Published:Average

Darnell's perspectives are broadened when he interviews a homeless man for the school newspaper.(reflection, accepting differences, problem solving, dealing with criticism, dealing with fear, similarities and differences, dealing with peer pressure)

Gaffer Samson's Luck

by Jill Paton WalshYear Published:Average

After moving to a strange new place, James seeks acceptance from the established groups of friends and finds a friend in the old man next door.(similarities and differences, perceptions, expressing concern, accepting differences, problem solving, keeping a promise, dealing with fear, dealing with peer pressure, self-talk, dealing with being left out, anger buttons, keeping out of a fight)

How to Fight a Girl

by Thomas RockwellYear Published:Average

Joe and Alan's plan to get revenge on Billy backfires when their secret weapon, the prettiest girl in school, becomes Billy's best friend instead.(keeping out of a fight, making conversation, conflicting feelings, problem solving, dealing with gossip, anger buttons, accepting consequences)

Joshua T. Bates Takes Charge

by Susan Richards ShreveYear Published:Average

Joshua, worried about fitting in at school, feels awkward when the new student he is supposed to be helping becomes the target of the fifth grade's biggest bully.(expressing concern, keeping promises, making conversation, dealing with fear, dealing with peer pressure, self-talk, keeping out of a fight)

Junebug

by Alice MeadYear Published:Average

In the projects where Junebug lives, turning ten means joining a gang;Junebug tries to ignore his upcoming birthday.(keeping out of a fight, dealing with fear, identifying feelings, dealing with peer pressure)

Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great

by Judy BlumeYear Published:Average

When Sheila's family goes to spend the summer in the suburbs, she must face such terrors as swimming lessons, dogs, and thunderstorms.(resisting the impulse to lie, dealing with fear, identifying feelings, problem solving, predicting feelings, anger buttons, dealing with criticism, dealing with frustration)

Rope Burn

by Jan SieboldYear Published:Challenging

While working on a writing assignment at his new school, Richard learns the meanings of various proverbs and how to express his feelings about his parents' divorce.(identifying feelings, conflicting feelings, reflection, similarities and differences)

Sixth Grade Secrets

by Louis SacharYear Published:Challenging
Laura starts a secret club with secret messages, secret codes, and something embarrassing from each member as insurance. Soon all the secrets begin to backfire.(dealing with gossip, cause and effect, fairness, dealing with peer pressure, dealing with being left out, accepting consequences, keeping out of a fight)
The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor EstesYear Published:Average

When Wanda, a shy girl from poland, claims to have a hundred dresses at home, the other girls tease her every day. It is only after Wanda moves away that the girls start to understand about those hundred dresses and the effects of their teasing.(identifying feelings, predicting feelings, cause and effect, taking responsibility for your actions, dealing with peer pressure)

There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom

by Louis SacharYear Published:Average

An unmanageable but lovable 11-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself.(identifying feelings, perceptions, active listening, giving and receiving compliments, making conversation, taking responsibility for your actions, anger buttons, keeping out of a fight)

Books for Parents and Guardian

Emotional Intelligence:Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

by D. GolemanYear Published:

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk

by A. Faber and E. MazlishYear Published:

Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capabl

by H.S. Glenn and J. NelsonYear Published:

Siblings Without Rivalry:How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too

by A. Faber and E. MazlishYear Published:

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School--How Parents and Teachers C

by Barbara ColorosoYear Published:

The Optimistic Child

by M.E.P. SeligmanYear Published: