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Conflict Resolution Books

Before Push Comes to Shove
by Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Diane E. Levin 

In a violent society where there are so few models for positive conflict resolution, teachers can help children learn the skills that they will need to resolve their conflicts with others. By using the children´┐Żs story book Best Day of the Week as a starting point, Before Push Comes to Shove shows how teachers of young children can begin to build conflict resolution skills with young children in ways that are meaningful to them and embedded in their everyday school experiences. Grade level: PreK-3

Dangerous Kids
by Michael Sterba, M.H.D. and Jerry Davis, Ph.D. 

Discover how to help a youth stop aggressive behavior, calm down, anticipate and prevent future problems. Several chapters show you how to analyze behavior, understand what triggers aggression in a particular child, and how social skill instruction and self control strategies can be integrated. Ages: 8-18

Ready-to-Use Conflict-Resolution Activities for Elementary
by Beth Tolis 

Over 100 step-by-step lessons and illustrated activities. Gives students the tools and empathy they need to solve conflicts peacefully and feel like winners. Grade level: K-6

Talk It Out
by Barbara Porro 

This book, designed for busy teachers, focuses on resolving real-life problems that occur in most classrooms - teasing, put-downs, pushing, hitting, cheating, gossiping, and refusing to share.

Teaching Conflict Resolution Through Children's Literature
by William J. Dreidler 

Here's a book for those who would like to help primary grade students become more effective and independent in handling conflicts.

You Can't Come to My Birthday Party!
by Betsy Evans 

"You can't play here." "You're not my friend." "You can't come to my birthday party." Similar words are familiar to most teachers. Resolving conflict, preventing problems, and creating emotionally safe environments are the responsibility of the adults who care for young children. This book presents a six-step problem-solving model that illustrates how adults can help children find alternatives to hurtful words and fighting. Ages: 3-8

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