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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.

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.

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.


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