Reading with Relevance

Integrate Academics and Social
and Emotional Learning

Research shows that students with greater social-emotional development have better attention skills, fewer learning problems, and more success in academic and workplace settings. Like any other skill, social and emotional skills can be taught, practiced, and fostered.

We’ve partnered with Moving Forward Institute to bring you Reading with Relevance, a powerful resource that provides social and emotional learning integrated with critical literacy skills. Reading with Relevance offers SEL Teaching Guides paired with 30+ culturally relevant books and novels from Grades 2-12.

Reading with Relevance is CASEL certified, the leading authority in the advancement of social and emotional learning.


The Center for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the leading authority in the advancement of social and emotional learning in education with rigorous criteria for SELect Programs. Reading with Relevance is the only novels-based SEL program certified by CASEL.

Reading with Relevance lineup of novels.
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Read Relevant and Diverse Literature

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The ever-growing list of titles includes:

Charlotte’s Web
Donovan’s Word Jar
Great Cake Mystery
Any Small Goodness
Bud, Not Buddy
Camo Girl
Esperanza Rising
Home of the Brave
Inside Out and Back
Mighty Miss Malone
Number the Stars
One Crazy Summer
Riding Freedom
Walk Two Moons

Hunger Games
I Am Malala
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
The House on Mango Street
Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D.
Warriors Don’t Cry
We Beat the Street
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
March Trilogy
The 57 Bus
The Hate You Give
The Sun Is Also a Star


Engage and Connect

Reading with Relevance focuses on students’ social and emotional well-being as a critical strategy for improving their academic achievement. Help connect culturally relevant literacy instruction and social-emotional learning to inspire young people to engage with reading, accelerate their academic achievement, and develop life-changing social and emotional skills.

An easy-to-use lesson structure requires only 15 minutes a day, making Reading with Relevance the ideal SEL solution.


Reading with Relevance easy to use lesson structure focuses on students' social and emotional well-being.


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Donovan’s Word Jar, Grades 2-3
Donavan’s Word Jar is the story of a young African-American boy, Donavan, on a search to solve his dilemma – he has too many words to fit in his word jar collection! We chose this novel for its powerful attention to some rich social and emotional themes: perseverance, family, empathy, education, and kindness. Students will find themselves relating to and being inspired by Donavan’s search for a solution; this resource helps students build connections between Donavan’s life story and their own lives.


Ghost, Grades 6-8
This novel tells the story of Castle, a compassionate, flawed seventh-grader, who finds comfort and joy when he joins the track team. We chose this book for its careful exploration of some powerful social and emotional themes: poverty, bullying, sports, friendship, and overcoming trauma. This resource inspires students to build connections between Castle’s redemptive life story and their own.


The House on Mango Street, Grades 8-10

The House on Mango Street is the story of Esperanza, a pre-teen Chicana growing up in the barrio in Chicago. In the book, Esperanza narrates the stories of herself and her neighborhood and experiences joy, loss, change, and growth. We chose this novel for its powerful attention to some rich social and emotional themes: friendship and family, coming-of-age, poverty, community, loss, and perseverance. Students will find themselves relating to and being inspired by Esperanza; this resource helps students build connections between Esperanza’s experiences and their own.

Discipline: Literacy

Grade(s): 2 - 12

Program Type: Supplemental, Core

Delivery Method: Print

Lexile Level: Range

Funding Sources: 1003a School Improvement Funds, Title I, Title III, Title II, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, RTI, ESSER

Reading with Relevance

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