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Six Dr.Seuss Books Teaching Kids Social Skills

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We all love Dr.Seuss books. They are fun to read, and you can find books for kids of all ages. Today I want to share 6 Dr.Seuss books that teach kids social skills. Some books on this list are less known books by Dr. Seuss, so get them now when they are still available before they disappear from the book store. Happy reading!

Dr. Seuss Books That Teach Kids Social Skills

6 Dr.Seuss Books teaching kids social skills, such as sympathy, standing up for self, accepting and believing oneself. These are great stories to be incorporated into social skill lessons and activities for kids of all ages at school or homeschool.
I always liked children’s books teaching kids something beyound reading.  When I looked through Dr.Seuss books, I found myself looking for books teaching morals and social skills. Here are what I have:

Yertle the Turtle: Yertle the Turtle, the king of the pond commands the other turtles to stack themselves beneath him so that he can see further and expand his kingdom, not caring about the great pain of the turtle at the very bottom of the pile… It is a good book to talk with kids about sympathy and caring for others. If you like Kindle book, here is the digital book.

Thidwick the big hearted moose: Thidwick, the big-hearted moose, finds himself in a predicament when offering a ride to a small Bingle Bug leads to an army of rowdy forest animals inhabiting his horns. When things get out of control, Thidwick makes a big move and frees himself … This is a good book to go with the last one Yertle the Turtle. While we want to be nice to people, there are times we have to stand up for ourselves! Like a digital book to carry with you? You can find a Kindle book on Amazon.

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The Big Brag: A rabbit and a bear both boast that they are the “best of the beasts”. The rabbit can hear far away, and the bear can smell even farther. However, both animals are humbled by a mere worm, who can look around the world, right back to his own hill. This is a story teaching kids to be realistic and to have feet on the ground.

What was I scared of: this story delivers a timeless message about fear and tolerance. The tale begins with a character who repeatedly meets up with an empty pair of pale-green pants. The character is initially afraid of the pants, which are able to stand on their own despite the lack of a wearer. However when he screams for help and the pants also start to cry, he realizes that “They were just as scared as I!” Putting fear in the proper perspective, the empty pants become good friends with the character.

The Sneetches: because they had stars, all the Star-Belly Sneetches believe they are the best kind of Sneetches, and don’t want to have anything to do with the Plain-Belly sort. This timeless Dr. Seuss classic is an unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, tricked by Sylvester McMonkey McBean (“the Fix-it-up Chappie”), who teaches them a valuable lesson: pointless prejudice can be costly. If you prefer, you can find digital copy for Kindles.

Gertrude mcFuzz: A young bird named Gertrude is self-conscious and overly sensitive about her single, seemingly insignificant tail feather. Her desire to alter her physical appearance grows as she adds first one, then two, then three dozen tail feathers. Ultimately left helpless by her obsession to be prettier, Gertrude learns a valuable lesson about accepting and believing in oneself. Here is audio copy of Gertrude McFuzz.

6 Dr.Seuss Books teaching kids social skills, such as sympathy, standing up for self, accepting and believing oneself. These are great stories to be incorporated into social skill lessons and activities for kids of all ages at school or homeschool.

For Dr Seuss themed activities, check out 19 Free Dr.Seuss Math Printable Worksheets.
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For more resources on kids social skills, please visit Resources and Activities Teaching Kids Social Skills and 10 Apps Teaching Kids Social and Emotional Skills
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  • Fred

    You could definitely see your skills within the work you write. Thanks.

  • Unity

    These were really great and informative websites and you had me at the #1. Jesus loves the little children. the lap book was great and..I also found it great and informative.

  • maria

    tremendous idea to teach social skills in this way..

    • Thanks Maria. Sometimes we forget to use Dr.Seuss Books for reasons beyond literacy. There are so much more in his books.

  • Maya Fitz

    Love this post.

  • Erica @What Do We Do All Day?

    I know a lot of Dr. Seuss fans will enjoy these apps! Thank you.

  • Melinda Tripp

    Wonderful week of Seuss! As a retired teacher, I love to tell people about your wonderful site….you do such great work! Thank you!

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