Picture books with social and emotional learning themes

What Sallamah Didn't Know written by Sharon Ismail and illustrated by Khairudin Saharom
What Sallamah Didn't Know written by Sharon Ismail and illustrated by Khairudin Saharom

SELF-AWARENESS

What Sallamah Didn't Know

written by Sharon Ismail and illustrated by Khairudin Saharom

A local story by a Singapore author about a Chinese girl, Sallamah, who was adopted by a loving Malay family as a baby.

The Mango Tree

written by Hidayah Amin and illustrated by Idris Ali

Story by a home-grown writer about family relationships, identities and a sense of rootedness.


The Mango Tree written by Hidayah Amin and illustrated by Idris Ali. 


SOCIAL AWARENESS

What Is A Child


What Is A Child written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna. 

written and illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna

A book that contemplates the nature and character of children and their unguarded emotions.

 

My Name Is Blessing written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandez

Story about a Kenyan boy with a physical disability.

His name, Muthini, means "suffering", but circumstances lead to him becoming a blessing.


My Name Is Blessing written by Eric Walters and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandez. 


RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING

Razia's Ray Of Hope: One Girl's Dream Of An Education


Razia's Ray Of Hope: One Girl's Dream Of An Education written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst. 

written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst

Story about a girl in a village in Afghanistan who dreams of having an education and convinces the men in her family to allow her to attend school.

Peace Is An Offering


Peace Is An Offering written by Annette LeBox and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. 

written by Annette LeBox and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

A book about a group of children as they find tiny moments of peace in everyday things and acts of giving, sharing and understanding.


SELF-MANAGEMENT

Cry Heart But Never Break


Cry Heart But Never Break written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop. 

written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop

A book about death, loss and life.

Steps And Stones: An Anh's Anger Story


Steps And Stones: An Anh's Anger Story written by Gail Silver and illustrated by Christiane Kromer. 

written by Gail Silver and illustrated by Christiane Kromer

The book depicts a boy dealing with his anger as he feels left out of school.


RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT

Each Kindness


Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis. 

written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis

A book about acts of kindness and friendship.

Desmond And The Very Mean Word


Desmond And The Very Mean Word written by Desmond Tutu and illustrated by A. G. Ford. 

written by Desmond Tutu and illustrated by A. G. Ford

A true story about how a South African archbishop, Desmond Tutu, learnt to forgive others who insulted him.

Amelia Teng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 11, 2017, with the headline 'Picture books with social and emotional learning themes'. Print Edition | Subscribe