New Thematic Educator Guides: Teaching About Student Wellness

By Kaitlyn Spotts | February 2 2023 | GeneralEducation & Professional LearningHealth, Sports, Games, and Crafts

The COVID-19 global pandemic heightened issues around mental health as adolescents found themselves anxious and isolated from their peers and other systems of support. Educators today are increasingly aware that their impact extends beyond the classroom, and they know that teaching with a whole-child approach is critical if they want their students to succeed both in and out of the classroom.

The Teaching About Body Positivity and Nutrition Middle School guide provides information, suggestions, and books with relatable characters who work toward living a healthy life and loving the person they see in the mirror. Teachers can choose one or any combination of books and strategies to use with whole-class instruction, literature circles, or independent reading as they work to build an environment where students see themselves and their classmates in their best, unfiltered light.

The Building Teacher Knowledge Around Mental Health and Addiction High School guide offers books to help build teacher knowledge around the topics of mental health and addiction, as well as provide opportunities for students to engage, reflect, and connect. These texts are excellent choices for teacher book circles, where educators can connect the research and stories to their own students and classrooms. Teachers can choose to read one or a combination of texts in this set and can apply any number of the activities in their book circles and classrooms. The goal is to recognize the impacts of addiction on our students and our schools, and to promote a classroom culture where students feel safe, supported, and understood.

Download the free guides for elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Dress Coded
In this middle-grade girl-power friendship story, perfect for fans of Moxie, an eighth grader starts a podcast to protest the unfair dress code enforcement at her middle school and sparks a rebellion. Now available in paperback!
$8.99 US
May 17, 2022
336 Pages
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega
Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.A NEW ENGLAND BOOK AWARD WINNER!
$18.99 US
Feb 02, 2021
352 Pages
Holiday House

Puberty Is Gross but Also Really Awesome
A first-of-its-kind inclusive puberty book that celebrates the good and completely awful parts of puberty. Filled with jokes and countless facts to put this stage in perspective--this book is bound to be every kid's new best friend!
$16.99 US
Mar 23, 2021
192 Pages
Rodale Kids

Turtle Boy
A boy who has spent his life living inside a shell discovers the importance of taking chance in this "winner" (Booklist, starred review) of a friendship story that's perfect for fans of Wonder.
$8.99 US
May 11, 2021
400 Pages

When a high school basketball star goes missing, a town's secrets are exposed in this edge-of-your seat, addictive read.
$18.99 US
Mar 23, 2021
400 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers

Hope Nation
YA Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration
This powerhouse collection of essays and personal stories speak directly to teens and all YA readers, and shows us that hope is more important than ever. Featuring Angie Thomas, Marie Lu, Nicola Yoon, David Levithan, Libba Bray, Jason Reynolds, Renée Ahdieh, and many more!
$10.99 US
Feb 26, 2019
288 Pages
Penguin Books

Never Enough
The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovering addict, a rare page-turning work of science that draws on personal insights to reveal how drugs work, the dangerous hold they can take on the brain, and the surprising way to combat today's epidemic of addiction.
$18.00 US
Jan 14, 2020
256 Pages

Opioid, Indiana
During a week-long suspension from school, a teenage transplant to impoverished rural Indiana searches for a job, the whereabouts of his vanished drug-addicted guardian, and meaning in the America of the Trump years.
$16.00 US
Sep 17, 2019
224 Pages
Soho Press