Relationship Skills Books and Resources

Relationship Skills Book Lists

Explore relationship skills books and resources to use in your classroom. Below you will find reading lists on belonging, communication, cooperation, forgiveness, fairness, & honesty, among others. 

Social & Emotional Learning:
Relationship Skills

Relationship Skills is one of five components of social and emotional learning. The other components are self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and self-awareness.  

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


CASEL’s core SEL competencies

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) describes relationship skills.

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.


What are Relationship Skills?

SEL relationship skills involve establishing and maintaining healthy and diverse relationships. This is not an easy task. It will take time for children to learn, develop and practice.

For students to negotiate conflict and avoid inappropriate social pressures they need to communicate and listen effectively. They also need the confidence to seek and offer help when needed and share concerns with others. As teachers, we need to support them navigate daily interactions positively.

Relationship Skills Characteristics

  • Establish and maintain healthy and diverse relationships
  • Communicate with and listen to others
  • Recognise inappropriate social pressure and resist getting involved
  • Cooperate with others by engaging in teamwork
  • Negotiate conflict constructively
  • Seek and offer help when needed.

Relationship Skills Books

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