Elementary School Resources


The Essential Role of Elementary School Counselors

This article by ASCA highlights the importance of elementary school counseling

School Counseling Effectiveness (All Levels)

ASCA offers several articles on the effectiveness of school counseling.

Online Resources:

Books that Heal Kids

This blog offers a comprehensive list of story books aimed at supporting the social/emotional needs of children. You can even search for books by topic!

Counselor Keri

Counselor Keri has lots of great information and several free resources to support school counselors, particularly at the elementary level.


This site is dedicated to providing school counselors with the resources and support they need to run effective school counseling programs.

The Great Kindness Challenge

Empower your students to create a culture of kindness!

Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles is a free, award-winning, and research-based life skills curriculum that provides educators with the tools to teach elementary, middle, and high school students the skills necessary for success.

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Support (PBIS)

PBIS seeks to support the implementation of social, emotional and behavior support in schools nationwide. They offer a variety of resources, including information and tools you can utilize to better support teachers and students, so everybody wins!

The Responsive Counselor

This fun blog offers relevant topics, ideas and tips for elementary school counselors.

Great Books to Inspire Counseling Lessons:

Social/Emotional Domain:

    • A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by, Julia Cook (topic: tattling)
    • Chrysanthemum by, Kevin Henke (topic: self-acceptance and teasing)
    • The Family Book by Todd Parr (topic: family and diversity) 
    • Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by, Carol McCloud (topic: kindness)
    • I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by, Susan Verde (topic: empathy)
    • Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall (topic: transgender and self-acceptance) 
    • The Way I Act by, Steve Metzger (topic: self-regulation)  
    • What Should Danny Do? By Adir Levy (topic: making choices)
    • Wilma Jean: The Worry Machine by Julia Cook (topic: anxiety)
    • The Zax a story from The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss (topic: conflict)

Academic Domain:

    • Bubble Gum Brain by, Julia Cook (topic: growth mindset)
    • Giraffes Can’t Dance by, Giles Andreae (topic: growth mindset)
    • My Strong Mind by Niels van Hove (topic: growth mindset)
    • Your Fantastic Elastic Brain by, Joann Deak (topic: growth mindset)
    • What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada (topic: risk taking)

Career Domain (college and career readiness):

    • How Santa Got His Job by, Stephen Krensky (topic: career)
    • Mahalia Mouse Goes to College by, John Lithgow (topic: college)
    • What Shoes Will You Wear by, Julia Cook (topic: career)
    • When I Grow Up by, Al Yankovic (topic: career)
    • Who Will I Be by, Abby Huntsman (topic: career)

Helpful Tip: Many of these books’ authors have several other equally wonderful books that can easily be turned into counseling lessons. Check them out when you have some time!

Other Helpful Resources:

New Mexico Autism Society

Tips on Developing Innovative and Fun Elementary School Lessons (PPT)

United Way 211

Connecting students and families with resources is an important part of our job. United Way of Central New Mexico’s 211 hotline offers a variety of local resources in the Central New Mexico area. Outside of Central New Mexico, visit 211.org to search for a similar resource in your area.  

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