Be Bigger- A Free Video Book

Social Emotional Resource for Remote Learning

Free social emotional learning book on video- Be Bigger Talking with Trees

Every parent has seen this story play out in real life... one child hurts another's feelings, the other retaliates, and off we are in a cycle of tears and heartache.

The beloved children's book, Be Bigger, helps children learn how to rise above hurt feelings, and learn to treat others as they would like to be treated-- even when it's hard.

For a limited time, to help all the parents and teachers working to keep social emotional development going during this difficult period, we're making Be Bigger free in video format.

Story about being bigger than hurt feelings

Be Bigger tells the story of a young girl who has it all figured out. Her friend made her feel left out, so the only thing to do is to make a point of leaving her friend out-- she'll show her friend how bad it feels. But before the girl can turn one uncaring act into two, a wise old tree steps in to help her find a healthier way to deal with these friendship troubles. The story leads the girl through some self-awareness, learning to treat her friend with respect, and seeing the value in persevering through a challenge to reach a higher goal.

Take the lesson further with free resources

Be Bigger is part of our social emotional learning collection of books and free teaching resources. The video, along with some of the teaching resources makes for an instant SEL at-home lesson.
Teaching Resources Talking with Trees Books

Be Bigger Book on Video

Colleen Doyle Bryant

Colleen Doyle Bryant is the author of five books and more than 50 learning resources about making good choices for the right reasons. Her Talking with Trees series for elementary students and Truth Be Told Quotes series for teens are used in curricula around the world. Rooted in Decency, Colleen’s most recent release, written for an adult audience, explores how the decline in common decency is affecting wellbeing, and how we can build more trust and cooperation. Learn more at