Emotional literacy

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6 - short films

Videos
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Western Australia
emotional literacy
family and domestic violence
friendships
intimate relationships
LGBTI
mental health
sexual diversity

6 short films centred around a group of 17 year old males and the issues they are dealing with. Topics: self-esteem, bullying, sexuality, suicide, crime, drink driving. .

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A secret safe to tell

Books
Lower primary
Parent
Australia
bodies
emotional literacy
help seeking
protective behaviours

A picture book that encourages conversations about body safety, the importance of not keeping secrets and confiding in trusted adults if something is making you uncomfortable.

Reading of book by Naomi Hunter (4min 18sec) .

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ABC

Websites
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
bodies
emotional literacy
gender
gender diversity
reproduction
sexual diversity

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

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
International
emotional literacy
families
friendships

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!

Websites
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
adolescence
emotional literacy
friendships

Managed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Working Group. The SSSC includes representatives from all states and territories, including Catholic and Independent schooling representatives. Members work together to create learning environments where every student and school community member is safe, supported, respected and valued. Includes information about understanding, responding, preventing and teaching about bullying.

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Changes

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Parent
International
emotional literacy
families

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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Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Lower secondary
International
emotional literacy
families
friendships

A collection of short stories, anecdotes, poems and cartoons which present a positive outlook on life (8 to 12 years). Topics: courage, hope, laughter.

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Don't let the pigeon drive the bus

Books
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
International
emotional literacy
friendships

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

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Parent
International
emotional literacy
families
mental health

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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Family Planning Victoria (FPV)

Agencies
Presenters/Workshops
Support services
Clinical services
Professional development
Social media
Upper primary
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Teacher
Parent
Australia
bodies
consent
contraception
emotional literacy
families
friendships
gender diversity
protective behaviours
puberty
reproduction
sex education
sexual diversity
STIs and BBVs

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

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Girl stuff for girls aged 8-12

Books
Upper primary
Australia
bodies
emotional literacy
families
friendships
puberty

A 176 page non-fiction book.

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Girls like that and other plays for teenagers

Books
Lower secondary
Middle secondary
Upper secondary
Australia
adolescence
body image
emotional literacy
families
friendships
gender
gender diversity
LGBTI
puberty
sexting
sexual 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.

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Hair in funny places

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
International
bodies
emotional literacy
puberty

A 32 page picture book. Light-hearted book outlining the changes during puberty.

Cath Hak's review of book (4min 02sec) .

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Horton hears a who!

Books
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
International
emotional literacy
friendships

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

Books
Lower primary
Parent
International
emotional literacy
friendships

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

Books
Lower primary
Upper primary
Parent
International
emotional literacy
friendships

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!

Books
Lower primary
International
emotional literacy

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

Research and reports
Teacher
Australia
emotional literacy

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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King of the playground

Books
Lower primary
Teacher
Parent
International
emotional literacy
friendships

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

Books
Lower primary
Parent
International
emotional literacy
families

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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