Helpful Books to Improve Kids’ Social Skills (& Be More Outgoing)
Kids these days have so much going on at home and outside of school. Sometimes social development gets put on the back burner. These social skills, personable skills, and socializing skills are fundamental to a child’s learning and how they interpret the world. Books are a great resource for learning and many of these books can be checked out for free at your local library! I have compiled a guide for books that you can read with your child covering different topics relating to play skills, anxiety, anger, emotions and so on. If you have a regular reading routine each day (20 min per day is recommended by specialists) with your child then these books may peak your interest!
Early childhood reading: Up to Age 8
These books cover a variety of topics and have fun stories to pique the interest of little ones.
#1 Hooray for Hat by Brian Won-A grumpy elephant gets a surprise and a friend figures out how to cheer him up.
#2 Will You Be my Friend by Susan Lurie-Mouse is shy and has trouble making friends and lands himself a new friend.
#3 In my heart by Jo Witek– A book to learn about your own feelings.
#4 The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen– A pouty fish needs some cheering up from his friends.
#5 Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss-A book that talks about emotions and relates them to color and how we can feel differently each day.
#6 The Color Monster by Anna Llenas – An educational book that teaches children to open up about their feelings.
#7 The Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems– A series of books that talk about sharing, feelings, friends and so on.
Books for Elementary Age Readers (And Up)
#1 What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried by James J Crist PH.D– A guide for kids.
#2 Stick Up for Yourself by Gershen Kaufman– A kids guide to personal power and self esteem
#3 Social Rules for Kids by Sussan Diamond MA CCC– Social rules for success
#4 What You Can do About Bullying by Ari Magnusson– A comic book style book for grades 3-5 to teach kids about dealing with bullies.
#5 Speak Up and Get Along! By Scott Cooper– A book with a collection of 21 strategies kids can use in real life to deal with peers and various problems.
#6 What to do When…. Series by Dawn Huber– A series of books that help teach a child how to deal with things such as anxiety, anger, grumpiness, making mistakes, OCD, sleep problems, shyness, separation anxiety, beating bad habits and handling jealousy. The books also come with parent activities that you can do with your child to help discuss the topic and strategies to follow through and practice.
These books make great tools for your children and I have utilized many of them at home to help with problems that my own children face in their daily life. I hope you find them useful too!
From iFamily to Yours,