In today’s society where children hear about climate change, school shootings, global pandemics, and more on a daily basis, resiliency has understandably become more of a challenge. However, scientists know the ability to face and overcome adversity is a learned trait. Educators play a crucial role in teaching children to manage emotions, develop healthy identities, and pursue individual goals.
The books in this text set focus on the following line of inquiry for elementary students: How do we persevere when we encounter barriers? What can celebrating our differences teach us about overcoming adversity? Teachers can choose one or any combination of books and strategies in the set for whole-class instruction, reading circles, or independent reading as they work to build a supportive classroom environment where children are empowered with the tools of resiliency.