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Friendship in Action is a non-profit organization that creates safe places for young people to identify their stress and to support each other with compassion.

Friendship in Action, School of Practical Philosophy, 29 Madison Ave., Toronto, ON, M5R 2S2   (647) 239-2740

Registered Canadian Charity, No. 837700939RR0001 | Friendship in Action © 2017 | All Rights Reserved

Books for Teachers

Pushing the Limits: How Schools Can Prepare Our Children Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow

In Pushing the Limits, Kelly Gallagher-Mackay and Nancy Steinhauer draw on their experiences as educational leaders to reveal that the schools of the future exist in the here and now. 

Kelly Gallagher-MacKay and Nancy Steinhauer

Creating Caring Classrooms: How to Encourage Students to Communicate, Create, and Be Compassionate of Others

This passionate book is committed to the building of respectful relationships among students, teachers, and the school community; it is about helping kids care more about their work and each other, and helping teachers care about their classroom. 

Kathleen Gould Lundy, Larry Swartz

Emotional Intelligence

Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.

Daniel Goleman

Born for Love

From birth, when babies' fingers instinctively cling to those of adults, their bodies and brains seek an intimate connection—a bond made possible by empathy, the remarkable ability to love and to share the feelings of others.

Bruce D. Perry M.D., Ph.D.

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Drama Games: Techniques for Self-Development

Experiential therapy is used to locate repressed feelings and re-experience them. Once we feel them in the present, we can come to terms with them and put them in their proper perspective. 

Tian Dayton, Ph.D.

101 Drama Games for Children: Fun and Learning with Acting and Make-Believe

Drama games are not staged plays but a dynamic form in which children explore their minds and the world around them. They can use their play-acting in sensory games, pantomimes, story games with puppets, in creating masks and costumes, and much more.

Paul Rooyackers

The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to HighSchool--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle

It's the deadliest combination going: bullies who terrorize, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who watch, and adults who see the incidents as a normal part of childhood.

Barbara Coloroso

Helping Children Succeed

In his international bestseller How Children Succeed, Paul Tough introduced us to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control and conscientiousness play a critical role in children's success. 

Paul Tough

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Books for Students

Wings

Ikarus Jackson, the new boy in school, is outcast because he has wings, but his resilient spirit inspires one girl to speak up for him.

Christopher Myers

Willy and Hugh

Gentle tale of friendship and dedication

Anthony Browne

Willow Finds a Way

Dealing with bossy kids, empathy and standing up for yourself and others.

Lana Button and Tania Howells

Something Beautiful

Learning to find beauty in familiar and unlikely places.

Sharon Dennis Wyeth and Chris K. Soentpiet

Neville

Being new in neighbourhood/school - similarities & differences - qualities required for friendship - isolation and acceptance.

Norton Juster and G. Brian Karas

Voices in the Park

Learning about different perspectives on a shared experience.

Anthony Browne

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A gentle tale of friendship and dedication.

Philip C. Stead adn Erin E. Stead

Frog and Toad All Year

An anthology of stories about friendship and all that goes along with it.

Arnold Lobel

Happy

Illustrations to discover terminology of a variety of feelings.

Miles Van Hout

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The Hueys in The New Sweater

The importance and joy of being different.

Oliver Jeffers

Me and You: A though provoking take on the Goldilocks story

Individual differences - beauty found in similarities and differences - simple opposites reviewed.

Anthony Browne

Swimmy

Individual vs community - working together to accomplish a goal - strength in numbers - idea of 'family'.

Leo Lionni

Leon the Chameleon

Being different - emotional issues - alienation & acceptance

Melanie Watt

Enemy Pie

Making new friends - positive spin on attitudes and interests.

Derek Munson and Tara Calahan King

Head, Body, Legs: A Story From Liberia

Funny - working towards a goal, solving problems together - community stronger than the individual.

Won-Ldy Paye, Margaret H. Lippert and Julie Paschkis

Chester's Way

Differences and similarities - making adjustments, being open - good at triggering discussions about friendships.

Kevin Henkes

Cleversticks

Starting school - kids with different capabilities - individual strengths/abilities - support and acceptance.

Bernard Ashley and Derek Brazell

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