At the Housman Institute, we recognize the profound importance of building the foundation for emotional intelligence in children from birth. Our begin to ECSEL program helps children recognize, understand, regulate and express their emotions in a healthy way that sets them up for a lifetime of well-being, mental health and success. Within our program, we promote the acquisition of these emotional competencies with the use of various tools, including children’s books.
The experience of having a book read aloud to children prompts conversations about what’s happening in the story, what the characters are feeling, meanings of words and especially how what’s happening in the book might relate to the child. In a world where there seem to be so many things that they aren’t allowed to do and where adults have the final say, a children’s book offers an opportunity for kids to feel as though they are a part of the story -- or even more compelling -- a part of the greater world. Because of the impact that books have on children, it is especially important to consider the content of these books, which is why today, on Earth Day, we are sharing some of our favorite nature-focused children’s books.
So, to celebrate our Earth, we ask that you continue to recycle, plant gardens, embrace green and efficient home-living, and share these concepts with your child through the creative lens of some wonderful authors:
It’s Earth Day by Mercer May
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Compost Stew by Mary Mckenna Siddals
My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Earth Day – Hooray! by Stuart J. Murphy
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Curious George Plants a Tree by Margret & H.A. Rey
The Earth and I by Frank Asch
The Hike by Alison Farrell
A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston & Sylvia Long
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
At Housman Institute, we believe our role is to nurture the social, emotional, and cognitive well-being of all students and educators without bias. It is critical that every child feel recognized and validated from their earliest days—to understand that their voice matters, regardless of background or experience and is being heard. We listen to, respect and support the needs of our educators as we recognize their critical role in a child's emotional growth and development. Together we need to begin the important work to help all our children and educators, as we move toward a more equitable environment for early learning, setting the stage for the building blocks of empathy and conflict resolution, and a more equitable future for us all. To learn more about how our program works to address equity in early childhood school communities... visit here.