Emotional literacy


2009 Increasing the resilience of young people at risk: A literature review

This report provides an analysis of a literature review focusing on what works to increase resilience for at-risk and marginalised young people.

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ABC Splash

Learning resources mapped to Australian Curriculum. Includes: videos about the human body, viruses, bacteria.

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Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Topics: resilience, emotions, feelings, jealousy, anger, hate, isolation,  injustice, siblings, friendship.


Fiction


Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!


Age: 6 to 9 years.

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Bullying. No Way!

Managed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Working Group. Members work together to create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected and valued.

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Changes

Topics: changes, families, new baby.


Fiction


When Joseph's mother comes home, says his father, things are going to change. And so they do, in the most extraordinary ways. This book explores the changes to Joseph's life when his parents bring home his baby sister.


Ages: 4 to 11 years.

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Don't let the pigeon drive the bus

Topics: peer pressure, emotional literacy, positive coping strategies.


Fiction


When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place - a pigeon! The pigeon pleads and begs his way through the book offering lots of opportunity for audience participation.


Age: 2 to 6 years.

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Emily's blue period

Topics: emotional literacy, sadness, change, families, divorce


Fiction


Emily wants to be an artist. She likes painting and loves the way artists like Pablo Picasso mixed things up. Emily's life is a little mixed up right now. Her dad doesn't live at home anymore, and it feels like everything around her is changing. She is going through her 'blue period'. A book about a young child dealing with her parent's divorce.


Ages: 4 to 8 years.

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FPV: Family Planning Victoria

Provides reproductive and sexual health services throughout Victoria. Includes a section on school programs.

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Girls like that and other plays

Topics: sexting, LGBTI, sexual diversity, families, transgender, gender diversity.


Fiction


'Girls Like That' explores the pressures caused by technology when a schoolgirls naked photograph goes viral.

'Banana Boys' is about the challenge of being on the school football team and being secretly gay.

'Holloway Jones' is a about with growing up with a parent in prison.

'Pronoun' is about two childhood sweethearts dealing with the fact that one of them, Isabella, has come out as transgender.


Ages: 13+

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Horton hears a who!

Topics: friendships, kindness, trustworthiness, emotional literacy, perseverance, resilience.


Fiction


Horton, the loveable elephant, represents kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance in his quest to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust.


Ages 4 to 8.

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How to be a friend: A guide to making friends and keeping them

Topics: friendships, conflict resolution, emotional literacy.


Fiction


This picture book contains many examples of how to be a friend and offers kids practical suggestions about resolving arguments, getting over being shy, handling bossy children and bullies, and more.


Agers 4 to 8 years.

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How to take the grrr out of anger

Topics: emotional literacy, anger, coping strategies.


Non-fiction


This book combines information, jokes and funny cartoons to help children understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not. It teaches them how to recognise anger in themselves and others, how to handle situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel.


Ages: 8 to 11 years.

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I have feelings!

Topics: feelings, emotions, emotional literacy.


Fiction


A hamster describes the feelings he and his family members experience during the day, including feeling happy, sad, jealous, angry, and scared.


Ages: 4 to 8 years.

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King of the playground

Topics: friendship, bullying, emotional literacy.


Fiction


Kevin loves to go to the playground, but not when Sammy is there. Sammy, who boasts that he is King of the Playground, is there most of the time. If he catches Kevin on the swings or the slide or the monkey bars, Sammy says, he will do awful, terrible things to him. A book about friendship and bullying.


Ages: 4 to 8 years.

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Little Monkey's one safe place

Topics: emotional literacy, safety, families.


Fiction


When Little Monkey is frightened by the storm he runs to his mother's side. "Don't worry," she says. "There is always one safe place." But Little Monkey doesn't know where to find his one safe place.


Ages: 3 to 6 years.

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Little Mouse's big book of fears

Topics: emotional literacy, fears.


Fiction


A little mouse talks about all of his fears - creepy crawlies, what's under the bed, sharp knives, being sucked down the drain, having toilet accidents, loud noises, being alone, the dark, getting lost, dogs and cats, everything! But the human is afraid of me.


Age: 5 to 8 years.


YouTube version 2min 23 sec (external link)

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Lucy and the bully

Topics: friendships, bullying, emotional literacy


Fiction


Lucy loves everything about school - except for Tommy, who is a big bully. This book not only deals with school bullying, but also addresses the bully's feelings.


Age: 3 to 6 years.


YouTube version 5min 17sec + author discussion at end (external link)

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Monster Chef

Topic: strengths, emotional literacy


Fiction


Marcel was a monster of medium size with crotchety horns and googly eyes. He was lumpy and grumpy and suitably hairy. But Marcel had a problem ... he just wasn't scary. But one day, Marcel discovers that his cooking can give kids a real fright. Has he finally found the perfect job...as a Monster Chef?


Age: 3 to 8 years.

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No more teasing!

Topics: friendships, families, teasing, emotional literacy


Fiction


Mimi loves her cousin Momo but he teases her all the time and she doesn't like it. Grandma helps to make a cunning plan so that Momo soon realises that teasing isn't such a good idea.


Age: 4+ years.

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Reachout.com

Information, support and resources to help young people improve their understanding of mental health issues, develop resilience, and increase their coping skills and help-seeking behaviour.

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