38 Books to Teach Your Child Social Skills


In today’s fast-paced and complex world, social skills are more important than ever. Helping your child develop strong social skills can set them up for success in their personal relationships, academic pursuits, and future careers. One excellent way to teach your child essential social skills is through reading books that deal with key topics. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 38 books that will teach your child valuable lessons about communication, empathy, and friendship.

1.”How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

2.”Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud

3.”How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids” by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

4.”The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig

5.”Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson

6.”Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson

7.”Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes

8.”Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell

9.”The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi

10.”Don’t Squeal Unless It’s A Big Deal” by Jeanie Franz Ransom

11.”Llama Llama Time to Share” by Anna Dewdney

12.”Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen” by Howard Binkow

13.”Rude Cakes” by Rowboat Watkins

14.”My Mouth Is A Volcano!” by Julia Cook

15.”Should I Share My Ice Cream?” By Mo Willems

16.“Personal Space Camp” By Julia Cook

17.“There’s a Cat in Our Class!” By Jeanie Franz Ransom

18.“Whoever You Are” By Mem Fox

19.“The Bear Who Stared” By Duncan Beedie

20.”But It’s Not My Fault!” by Julia Cook

21.”Making Friends Is an Art!” by Julia Cook

22.”Manners Can Be Fun” by Munro Leaf

23.”Leonardo the Terrible Monster” by Mo Willems

24.”Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein

25.”I Can’t Believe You Said That!” by Julia Cook

26.”A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue” by Julia Cook

27.”Clark the Shark” by Bruce Hale

28.”Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker” by Christianne C Jones

29.“Simon’s New Bed” By Christian Trimmer

30.”Goodbye Stranger” by Rebecca Stead

31.”How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them” by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

32.”Friends Stick Together” By Hannah E. Harrison

33.”The Snatchabook” By Helen Docherty

34.“Tumford the Terrible” By Nancy Tillman

35.“Sophie’s Squash” By Pat Zietlow Miller

36.“Will You Fill My Bucket?” By Carol McCloud and Karen Wells

37.“The Juice Box Bully” By Maria Dismondy and Bob Sornson

38.“Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand” By Liz Scott and Alex Scott


Incorporating these 38 books into your child’s reading routine will help cultivate social skills like communication, respect, and empathy that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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