Healthy Feelings & Relationships for 4th - 7th Grade


Each hand-picked book in this section is paired with a FREE downloadable reading guide, designed to promote the social and emotional learning skills necessary for kids to manage their emotions and behavior.


These book-and-resource pairs were developed in partnership with the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) and CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) to help kids understand their feelings and better manage their resulting behavior, especially kids who have experienced trauma. Each resource features group activities inspired by the accompanying book. Click here to download all of the guides in one document.



Social and emotional learning skills are vital for all students and are critically important for those who have experienced trauma. In partnership with the MSEA, First Book developed the Trauma Toolkit to help you identify signs of stress or trauma in your students and learn concrete, actionable steps you can take to support the learning and development of the kids you serve.



The Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) is the largest union and professional association in Maryland. MSEA works to empower members to make a positive difference in their professional lives in order to elevate the quality of public education for all students.


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