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Social and Emotional Learning - Books to Support K-3 Teachers & Students


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for K-12 students is the trending topic in education, and rightfully so. According to CDE’s website on SEL , “Social and Emotional Learning is about helping students develop a range of skills they need for school and life. Social-Emotional skills include the ability to: set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and understand and manage emotions.” Furthermore, “there is a growing body of research proving that social and emotional learning (SEL) is fundamental to academic success and must be woven into the work of every teacher in every classroom and every after school and summer enrichment program, if we truly want to prepare all our students for college and careers.” CDE has joined the Collaborating States Initiative, a group of eight states that share information, best practices, and promising tools and ideas in the interest of building strong Social Emotional Learning in schools across their states. The Collaborating States Initiative is hosted by the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning.” 

capture3To support Tulare & Kings County teachers and students, Kate Stover, Visual and Performing Arts Consultant, and Debra Lockwood, Library Media Supervisor collaborated to identify K-3 picture books that support Social Emotional Learning (SEL) for lower elementary students. Link to this Padlet to see books that are currently on the list. Updates are made often as new books are published that address SEL topics.

personal-computerUpcoming ERS Technology Classes 
 with instructor Steve Woods
          Introduction to Adobe Illustrator      3/274:30pm - 7:30pm
          Introduction to Adobe InDesign    4/84:30pm - 7:30pm
          ClassVR Training Session    4/114:00pm - 5:00pm




Are you hosting a family literacy night, orientation, open house or carnival at your school? 

Consider inviting the ERS Library staff to share and demonstrate the premium digital resources available to both students and parents via the ERS Portal. Our California Common Core aligned digital resources, including streaming video and eBooks, are accessible to parents, students and teachers 24/7/365! 


Contact us today to schedule an ERS Library booth/table at your next parent or community event.





School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians' celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. Learn more about School Library Month celebrations on the American Library Association website.


Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants and Dogman, is this year's spokesperson. The 2019 theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library.


Dav Pilkey is the creator of several popular book series: Captain Underpants, Big Dog and Little Dog, Dogman, Dragon, The Dumb Bunnies, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot. He also wrote Dog Breath, and The Paperboy, which is a Caldecott Honor Book.


New eBooks on the ERS Portal!

The next time you're logged in to the ERS Portal, take a moment or two to browse these new ebook titles in the TumbleBook Library and Teen BookCloud apps. Your students have access to these titles via the ERS Kids & Teen Portals, from any device with an internet connection.

TumbleBook Library (K-6)
Titles in the "Story Books" section of TBL are great for playing on a large screen for your whole class to enjoy!


Teen BookCloud (7-12)
Middle School & High School students will enjoy reading these titles and more on their smartphones, tablets, or school or at home!






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Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can't understand it--how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can't take all the advice...and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?

Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to this very important lesson. This picture book is an excellent case study in the dangers of putting on a happy face and demonstrates to kids that they can feel their feelings (though they should be careful of hurting others in the process!).






Interest Level: K - 3rd




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Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters--and their own inner demons--on one last quest before school starts again. 

In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be--imagine that!

The Cardboard Kingdom was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Cardboard Kingdom affirms the power of imagination and play during the most important years of adolescent identity-searching and emotional growth.

 Interest Level: 3rd - 6th



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When Abdi's family is kidnapped, he's forced to do the unthinkable: become a child soldier with the ruthless jihadi group Al Shabaab. To save the lives of those he loves, and earn their freedom, Abdi agrees to be embedded as a spy within the militia's ranks and to send dispatches on their plans to the Americans. The jihadists trust Abdi immediately because his older brother, Dahir, is already one of them, protégé to General Idris, aka the Butcher. If Abdi's duplicity is discovered, he will be killed.

In this riveting, unflinching tale of sacrifice and hope, critically-acclaimed author Natalie C. Anderson delivers another book that will leave readers at the edge of their seats.





 Interest Level: 9th-12th

Young Adult

                                                          by Nathan Wills, Library Media Technician

Speech & Debate Teachers - Check This Out!
Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Having a clear, compelling point of view on today’s most debated political and social issues requires finding the most credible facts and insights. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context, available to all contracting teachers and to High School students through the ERS Teen Portal, simplifies the search by bringing together thousands of resources to provide authoritative articles, research reports, videos, and statistics. This database steers students away from unreliable content that online browsers sometimes serve up, and helps them develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions about global warming,  minimum wage, and hundreds of other currently debated topics.

The database includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science to name a few.

 The database includes:

  • 20,100+ pro/con viewpoints
  • 19,200+ reference articles, including topic overviews
  • 12,700+ charts and graphs, along with other statistical information
  • 300+ profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups
  • Special coverage of the annual debate topic determined by the National Speech and Debate Association
  • The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist and Education Week


March is Women’s History Month. It’s been observed since 1987. We celebrate women’s contributions to our history, culture and society. The ERS Library supports teaching your students about this topic with our online ERS Portal resources (log in a, then click the links below), as well as in our circulating collection.

Available in the ERS Library circulating collection:

From Discovery Education:

Grades K - 2    Grades 3 - 5     Grades 6 - 8     Grades 9 - 12   

Women's History Month (7 videos, 2 book readings, 12 lesson plans)

Get ready for...

In addition to being School Library Month, April is also National Poetry Month! You can print, or request, your free NPM poster here.


Poem in Your Pocket Day falls on April 18th, 2019... visit the website to learn more about this fun celebration.



                                                  by Steve Woods, Instructional Technology Specialist   
Try TumbleTracker Today!


Track student reading progress with Tumble Book and Teen Book Cloud Tracker.

Tumble Books, an online eBook system that can read books out loud for students, has consistently been one of our most popular products. Did you know that you can also track your students progress, by creating individual accounts for them? You can do this for both the grades K-6 Tumble Book Library and the grades 7-12 Teen Book Cloud product.

teenbookcloudSimply login to the ERSPortal system, and locate either Tumble product. You’ll find directions and your initial login credentials located at the bottom of the resource passthrough. Click on either resource’s link or button to let us take care of logging you into Tumble Book Library or Teen Book Cloud. Locate the Admin button or link at the bottom of the page, choose the Tumble Tracker tab, and use the credentials provided.

Once logged in, you can choose to Add a New Class, and name it. Click on the class name, and choose to Add New Student. Name that Student, and repeat the process for all students in your classroom. You can also use the interface to assign texts to your students.

Students can login using the TumbleTracker link on the navigation menu, choose your class from the dropdown, and type in the name you provided them. From there, all activity will be tracked, so you can see if your students are reading assigned texts. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Steve Woods.



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