William J. Kreidler is the author of the book Teaching Conflict Resolution Through Children’s Literature. In this book, Kreidler discusses a “conflict escalator” that students get on as the issue becomes more serious and is not resolved. Kreidler taught elementary school for 20 years prior to writing this book and uses his own observations of student interactions and conflicts as examples in his work. The goal for this book is to help students become independent problem solvers and handle confrontations effectively and appropriately. Kreidler suggests various children’s stories to read in a classroom that will foster effective communication, conflict resolution, and community amongst students.
Kreidler, W. J. (1994). Teaching conflict resolution through children’s literature. New York: Scholastic Professional Books.