The Ultimate Children's Book List on Social Skills

By Rebecca Yee

Every day we use social skills to interact and communicate with others. They include verbal and non-verbal communication, such as speech, gesture, facial expression, and body language. Stories can be used to teach children specific social skills that they may find difficult to understand or are confusing. The goal of the story is to increase the child’s understanding by describing in detail a specific situation and suggesting an appropriate social response.


We have compiled this Ultimate Children's Book List on Social Skills. Each book contains skills that are vital in enabling children to have and maintain positive interactions with others.



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1.) Can Quilliam Learn to Control His Temper? By Misty Black

Little Quilliam has a BIG problem. Will he learn how to control his temper before someone gets hurt, or will his quills continue to cause chaos? Ages 3-8


2.) Can a Cookie Change the World? By Rhonda Bolling

A true story about a young girl with a big heart who changes the world one cookie at a time. Ages 6-11


3.) The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to be Kind By Argyro Graphy

Bentley fears the worst when his friend doesn’t show up to school. The second of the 5-book series addresses bullying and acts of kindness. For kids ages 3-8 yrs.


4.) Funny Dragons ABC’s By P.J. Rogers

Wacky Dragons share unique words in this ABC book for kids ages 3 to 5 yrs.


5.) Marie’s Big Adieu By Tamara Rittershaus

Marie says a “big goodbye” to her best friend and starts over somewhere new. Recommended for children ages 4 to 8.


6.) The Elephant in the Room: A Lockdown Story By Alicia Stenard

Circus animals and a fun-loving teacher gently teach lockdown drills to young children. Ages 3-8


7.) Edithina Hides the Pirate’s Treasure By Martyn Kenneth

Three wicked pirates who are terrible at hiding their treasure travel the seas to seek out Edithina because of her ability to put things where nobody can find them, unless she draws a map. Ages 3-8


8.) Thor’s Dreamland Adventures: Ducks N’ Dragons By Megan Yee & Rebecca Yee

As Thor drifts off to sleep one night, he arrives in a stunning world where everything is bright and fun. He starts to make friends with some ducks in a nearby pond when all of a sudden, a dragon appears and starts taking the ducks! What is Thor to do??? Ages 5-9


9.) Chicken Lips By Kristy Hamby

Join this silly cow on his quest to discover the meaning behind his name and meet some farm friends along the way! Ages 4-8


10.) How Our Skin Sparkles By Aditi Wardhan Singh

Aarav asks his mom, “Why do I look different than my friends?” This story is about acceptance and the impact of childhood curiosity towards inclusion. Through a mix of science and culture, this story inspires children to be okay with asking questions and be different. AGES 3 - 8


11.) I’m Basically a Unicorn By Melanie Hawkins

This rhyming book is a sweet look at unique genetic traits, illnesses, and abilities in children, and celebrates what makes them special and unique. It can open dialogue about others who may look and act a little differently, & can help promote tolerance, inclusion and empathy for all, because we are really not so different after all! Ages 4-10


12.) Ben’s Adventures: A Day at the Beach By Elizabeth Gerlach

Come along as young Ben imagines a fun day at the beach with his family and friends - all from his wheelchair -- showing that ALL Kids can play and dream! Age 4-8


13.) Little Dino Says Please By Kate Melton

Meet Donny, a little stegosaurus who has almost no friends due to his rude behavior. But one sunny morning, he meets a magic butterfly who came to teach him the power of the magical word “Please,” and everything around our dino starts changing.


14.) Farmer Bear’s Garden By Chris Magee

Join Farmer Bear and Little Bear as they plant a garden, help the plants grow, harvest the crops and then share everything with their friends. Ages 3-8


15.) You Taught Me Love: Mother/Daughter Companion Coloring Book and Activities By Misty Black


16.) The Adventures of Pookie: Mission Fat Hearts By Rebecca Yee

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join Pookie, Thor and their new friend Kisa the Elf spread kindness EVERYWHERE.


17.) Ben’s Adventures: Under the Big Top! By Elizabeth Gerlach

Young Ben is at it again in this fun-to-read story! This time he’s headed to the circus. Clowns, tigers, cannons - oh my! Is there anything Ben cannot do? He continues to show that all kids can play and dream.Ages 4-8


18.) My Mom the Fairy By Misty Black

If you think Sage was excited to get a pet unicorn, wait until she discovers her mom’s magical little secret. Ages 3-8


19.) Obie Jr's Big Idea By Rebecca Yee

Obie Jr. is a young tiger from Massillon, Ohio. He is your typical kid and loves his family, his friends and of course, football. Follow Obie Jr’s adventures as he learns what it means to be a part of his community. Ages 3-8