Loving relationships with you and other adults are the foundation for children’s mental health

Just as we all have physical health, we all have mental health, including babies and young children. Similar to how we cultivate children’s physical health through healthy foods, rest, and physical activity, we can also actively support their mental health. 

How? By actively supporting children’s social-emotional development at every stage. 

The downloadable resources on this page can help you support children’s social-emotional development through everyday interactions and relationships. 

This book list is also a great resource to help children continue their social-emotional learning at story time.

Resources to Support Healthy Social-Emotional Development at Every Age!

Birth to 8 months

Babies age 0-8 months are developing a sense of trust and security with parents and caregivers.

9 to 18 months

Children age 9-18 months are learning to interact with adults and continuing to build trusting relationships with caregivers. They seek the comfort of a close caregiver if they are tired or unhappy.

19 to 36 months

Children age 19-36 months are starting to play with other children – instead of just next to them. They are beginning to compare themselves with others.

3 to 5 years

Children age 3-5 years are making friends and learning how to help, share, take turns and resolve problems – but they still need lots of reminders and support.

6 to 8 years

At this age, children continue to learn skills that provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. They are learning how to talk and write about their thoughts and ideas.

Book List for Social-Emotional Learning

Books are a great way for children to learn about their feelings!

Check out this book list with stories for infants, toddlers and elementary age children on topics such as coping with fears, self-control, friendship, grief and loss, and divorce.

Learn About Child Development

0-4 Months

4-8 Months

9-18 Months

19-36 Months

3-5 Years

6-8 Years