The following is a curated list of recommended books selected by CASEL staff. These resources cover a range of topics to better understand SEL.
Adelman, H., & Taylor, L. (2006). The school leader’s guide to student learning supports: New directions for addressing barriers to learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Book available for purchase.
Bierman, K. L., Greenberg, M. T., Coie, J. D., Dodge, K. A., & Lochman, J. E. (2017). Social and emotional skills training for children: The fast track friendship group manual. New York, NY: Guilford Publications. Book available for purchase from publisher.
CASEL (2005). Safe and sound: An educational leader’s guide to evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. Chicago, IL: Author. View the book.
Cefai, C., & Cavioni, V. (2014). Social and emotional education in primary school: Integrating theory and research into practice. New York: Springer. Book available for purchase.
Christensen, S.L. & Reschly, A.L. (2010). The handbook of school-family partnerships for promoting social competence. New York: Routledge. Book available for purchase.
Denham, S. A., & Burton, R. (2003). Social and emotional prevention and intervention programming for preschoolers (pp. 183-207). Boston, MA: Springer. Book available for purchase.
Durlak, J. A., Domitrovich, C. E., Weissberg, R. P., & Gullotta, T. P. (Eds.) (2015). Handbook of social and emotional learning: Research and practice. New York: Guilford Press. Book available for purchase.
Eccles, J., & Gootman, J. A. (Eds.) (2002). Community programs to promote youth development. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: /10.17226/10022 Book available with login.
Elias, M. J., Zins, J.E., Weissberg, R.P., Frey, K.S., Greenberg, M.T., Haynes, N.M., Kessler, R., Schwab-Stone, M.E., & Shriver, T.P. (1997). Promoting social and emotional learning: Guidelines for educators. Alexandria, VA: ASCD. Book available for purchase.
Elias, M. J., & Arnold, H. (Eds.). (2006). The educator’s guide to emotional intelligence and academic achievement: Social-emotional learning in the classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. Book available for purchase from publisher.
Elias, M. J., Ferrito, J. J., & Moceri, D. C. (2016). The other side of the report card: Assessing students’ social, emotional, and character development. Newbury Park, CA: Corwin Press. View the book.
Elias, M. J., Tobias, S.E (2018). Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students: 30 Flexible Research-Based Activities to Build EQ Skills (Grades 5–9). Golden Valley, MN: Free Spirit. Purchase the book from the publisher.
Epstein, J. L. (2010). School, family, and community partnerships: Preparing educators and improving schools. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. Book available for purchase.
Fredricks, J. S., & Simpkins, S. D. (Eds.) (2013). Organized out-of-school activities: Settings for peer relationships. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 140. John Wiley & Sons. Book available for purchase.
Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2017). Becoming brilliant: What science tells us about raising successful children. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.Book available for purchase from publisher.
Halpern, R. (2003). Making play work: The promise of after-school programs for low-income children. Teachers College Press. Book available for purchase.
Heath, S. B. (1999). Dimensions of language development: Lessons from older children. In A. S. Masten (Ed.), Cultural processes in child development: The Minnesota symposia on child psychology (Vol. 29, pp. 59–75). Mahwah, NY: Erlbaum. Book available for purchase.
Hirsch, B., Deutsch, N., & DuBois, D. (2011). After-school centers and youth development. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511994913 Book available with login.
Mahoney, J. L., Larson, R. W., & Eccles, J. S. (Eds.) (2005). Organized activities as contexts of development: Extracurricular activities, after-school and community programs. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates. Book available for purchase.
Malone, H. J., & Donahue, T. (Eds.) (2018). The growing out-of-school time field: Past, present, and future. Information Age Publishing. Book available for purchase.
Ribas, W. B., Brady, D. A., & Hardin, J. (2017). Social-emotional learning in the classroom: Practical guide for integrating all SEL skills into instruction and classroom management. Norwood, MA: Ribas Publications. Book available for purchase from the publisher.
Ribas, W.B.; Brady D.; Hardin J.M.; Gumlaw, E. (2018). Social-Emotional Learning in the Home: A Practical Guide for Integrating the Development of Social-Emotional Skills into Your Parenting. Ribas Associates Book available for purchase from publisher.
Ribas, W. B., & Gregory, C. A. (2019). Supervision and Evaluation of Teachers, School Clinicians, and Administrators: Educational, Social, Emotional, and Procedural Components. Norwood, MA: Ribas Publications. Book available for purchase from the publisher.
Salazar, Jo. (2020). Better Together: Six Essential Conversations for Cultivating Adult SEL and Relational Trust in Your School.
Zins, J. E., Weissberg, R. P., Wang, M. C. & Walberg, H. J (Eds.). (2004). Building academic success on social and emotional learning: What does the research say? New York: Teachers College Press. Book available for purchase.
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