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Back to School: Why Social and Emotional Learning Through Diverse Books is Important

Chandana Rao

School's around the corner!  We're buying supplies off of school lists, lunch bags/boxes, and new clothes.  It's hectic but also exciting (maybe more so for parents?) We're ready for our kids to learn math, improve literacy, and get wowed by science.  But how about the kind of social and emotional learning they might learn - like self-control, strong interpersonal skills, and problem-solving? That's where diverse books come in.  

We'd like to think that by including diverse books in a school curriculum, educators can create a positive and inclusive learning environment. Diverse books can help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for different cultures, fostering empathy and respect. The world is increasingly shrinking - let's empower our young people to thrive and make a positive impact in their communities. 

Here are a few diverse books we like.  Let us know what you think!

Lower elementary (K-3):

Ganesha Goes GreenPriya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala

Upper elementary (3-5):

The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel by Sheela Chari:  9781536219104 | BooksAmerican as Paneer Pie






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