Books to support resiliency

This year my intern and I did a resiliency small group in 3rd- 5th grade. We identified students through attendance, referrals for suicide and threat assessments, frequently clinic visits, and other behavior concerns. The majority of the members had been through a trauma, so one of our goals was to increase coping skills and help students develop “grit.” I really enjoyed the group and we had excellent results. Here is a brief outline and the books we used.

Session 1- Introductions and Icebreakers

Wild About Us by Karen Beaumont

 Session 2- Healthy Habits

The First Lady Reads Dr. Seuss’s  “Oh The Things You Can Do That Are Good For You”  available on YouTube

Session 3- Goal Setting

Students had a choice between:

Journey by Aaron Becker



Happy Dreamer by Peter Reynolds


Big Plans by Bob Shea and Lane Smith– this was hands down the students favorite pick.


Session 4 – Problem Solving

What Do You Do With A Problem? by Kobi Yamada1943200009

Session 5- Emotional Knowledge

Students had a choice between:

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker


Wild Feelings by David Milgrim


My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss


Session 6- Stress Management

I Am Peace by Susan Verde141972701X

Session 7- Self Esteem

Be Who You Are by Todd Parr


Session 8- Social Competency/Friendship

Students got to pick between:

You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown0316070300

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson


Pax and Blue by Lori Richmond


Session 9- Wrap up

Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss0679805273


*Due to scheduling we had to take out one session. Ideally you would add:

Session 6- Empathy 

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber and illustrated by Kristie Edmunds


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This would make “wrap up” the last session for a total of 10.



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