Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


The purpose of this research project was to analyze picture books recommended for teaching and developing emotional intelligence in children, to determine which should be considered as quality additions in order to provide teacher librarians, classroom teachers, counselors, and parents with a compiled list of quality picture books to use for the social-emotional development of children in grades K-5. The books were evaluated using Wilson’s Children’s Core Collection as well as the following four top school library reviewing sources: ALSC Notable Children’s Books, Booklist, School Library Journal, and the We Need Diverse Books website. It was then determined how the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s (CASEL’s) five components of social-emotional learning (SEL) were portrayed in the books. The social and emotional competencies listed by CASEL include: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. This study used the directed analysis of content approach (Wildemuth, 2017) to examine 51 picture books. This researcher’s personal recommendations concur with the reviewers’ recommendations for 50 of the 51 books to also recommend them for SEL teaching; 1 book is not recommended by this researcher for the teaching of SEL themes.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Karla Krueger

Date Original


Object Description

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