E-learning Course: Making the Most Out of Storytime


Making the Most of Storytime: Using Children’s Books to Teach Emotional Intelligence is an eLearning course designed to support caregivers such as educators and administrators, parents and guardians, social workers, and health and mental health professionals in fostering the skills of emotional intelligence in children using storybooks. In this course, caregivers will learn about the building blocks of emotional intelligence and how to support children in developing emotional identification, understanding, expression, and regulation through the important conversations between adults and children about emotions, which is referred to as Causal Talk, or CT. Caregivers will also learn about the importance of storybooks as a tool for promoting the skills of emotional intelligence in children, and how to apply CT strategies to support these skills during storytime. Real storybook read-aloud scenario activities are included!

IMPORTANT: Please see the description below for more details on course registration. If you purchase more than 1 seat, your team won’t be registered until the roster is received.


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For Individual Registration: If you purchase only 1 seat, you are doing an individual registration. After you place the order, you will receive a welcome email from our online learning platform – Housman Learning with your login credentials and instructions within a day. Your Housman Learning account will be created using your account information on the Housman Shop site. If you are purchasing the eLearning for someone else, please contact us to update the learner’s email and full name.

For Team Registration*: If you purchase more than 1 seat, you are registering for a team. A team registration grants permission for group access to course content. After you place the order, please use this link to 1) download the roster template and fill out the email address and full name of your team, and 2) submit the roster. Our administrator will register your team within 24 business hours after the roster is received.

Remember to add learnersupport@housmanlearning.com to your email address book, and check your spam folder, to receive our enrollment email, after purchasing.

*If you are purchasing this course for your team, be sure each user adds learnersupport@housmanlearning.com to their email address book, so they do not miss important emails related to their enrollment.



  1. Module 1: Getting to Know Emotional Intelligence – Emotions are a universal language that connects us all, making emotional intelligence so important for both children and adults…but what is it really? Caregivers need to understand emotional intelligence first in order to support children in developing these necessary skills for success in learning and in life.
  2. Module 2: Using Storybooks to Foster Emotional Intelligence – Caregivers have a big responsibility when it comes to guiding children through challenging experiences and the big feelings that come from them. Storybooks are a powerful visual tool that helps children safely explore these experiences while developing the skills of emotional intelligence. Reading about characters that children relate to and resonate with presents the perfect teaching and learning opportunity. With the guidance of caregivers, storybooks become a way for children to learn how to constructively express and manage their own emotions, solve problems, and feel understood.
  3. Module 3: Making Every Storytime ECSELent – Every storytime has ECSELent potential. Caregivers can take advantage of this time to read stories about characters that both mirror children’s lives and teach them new perspectives. By engaging in storytime with children, caregivers can spark important conversations that guide children to identify characters’ emotions, understand what caused them, learn how to constructively express different emotions, and learn strategies for how to regulate that can be applied to their own lives. Additionally, children learn important lessons in problem-solving, compromise, negotiation, and perspective-taking that make them more empathetic individuals, and it all starts with you as the caregiver.


CEUs (Continuing Education Units)

Housman Institute is an authorized Professional Development provider in MA, VT, and NC. We will provide a course completion certificate along with the course syllabus upon course completion.

We also partnered with Bertelsen Education to provide IACET CEU for our professional development training. If you are seeking for IACET CEU for this training course, once you complete your purchase, you will need to register and pay for the $5 IACET CEU fee on Bertelsen Education’s website before accessing the course.

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