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Unleashing Imagination: Perfect Picture Books for Dramatic Play and Social-Emotional Learning


It's National Picture Book Month! Let's find the perfect picture books for dramatic play and social-emotional learning.


A variety of scattered picture books.

November is National Picture Book Month. Picture books are central to our Belle's Book Club Residencies and Belle's Book Club Playgroups. Good picture books are the perfect companion for dramatic play.


In our Belle's Book Residencies, we pair dramatic play with the perfect picture books to problem-solve, dramatize emotions, develop self-confidence and self-expression. Dramatic play also helps participants to:

  • Develop empathy

  • Express feelings appropriately

  • Participate in a group

  • Control impulses/self regulate

Great books + Dramatic Play = A Fun and Meaningful Learning Experience


Please take a look at some of these perfect picture books that can be used to explore social-emotional learning during dramatic play.



Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall


African american boy standing on diving board looking down at the pool.
Jabari Jumps


My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss



Black background with different colored small squares and and large red circle.
My Many Colored Days


Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival



Young white boy with delicate wings growing from his back.
Perfectly Norman

One by Katherine Otoshi



White background with the word one written. The "O" is colored in blue.
One

How are you? Como Estas by Angela Dominguez



An illustrated giraffe is smiling at an ostrich.
How Are You? ¿Cómo estás?

Scaredy Squirrel by Mélanie Watt


An illustrated squirrel is smiling and waving.
Scaredy Squirrel


Elmer by David Mckee



Multi-colored patchwork elephant.
Elmer

Firenze's Light by Jessica Collaço



In illustrated firefly is surrounded by leaves.
Firenze's Light

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal



iIlustrated chopsticks are working together to pick up the letter "O" from the book's title.
Chopsticks

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