Want tweens who know how to treat others? Share these Middle School Books About Empathy with your own children.
With one boy already in middle school and another one joining next year, I do worry about raising kids who will show empathy for their fellow classmates.
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Middle School Books About Empathy
A Newbery Honor Book. A New York Times Bestseller. A People magazine Best Kid’s Book. An ALA Book for Young Adults. An ALA Notable Book. A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. A Krikus Reviews Editor’s Choice. And more!
Historical fiction with a hint of mystery about living at Alcatraz not as a prisoner, but as a kid meeting some of the most famous criminals in our history. Al Capone Does My Shirts has become an instant classic for all kids to read!
A 2015 Newbery Honor Book. Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers!
In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
A Newbery Honor Award Winner. An ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book. An IRA Children’s and Young Adults’ Choice. A National Parenting Publications Award Honor Book. A Junior Library Guild Selection. A boy who stutters comes of age in the segregated South, during the summer that changes his life.
He can barely say a word without stuttering—not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July, he’s not exactly looking forward to interacting with the customers. But it’s the neighborhood junkman, a bully and thief, who stirs up real trouble in Little Man’s life.
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place – school. Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.
Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common — but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.
Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but no one knows it.
Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.
Told with an abundance of dignity and a remarkable lack of rancor and venom, The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read. The only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child perfectly captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable.
Voted America’s Best-Loved Novel in PBS’s The Great American Read. Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred.
Told with humor and breathtaking poignancy, Love and First Sight is a story about how we relate to each other and the world around us. In his debut novel, YouTube personality and author of We Should Hang Out Sometime Josh Sundquist explores the nature of love, trust, and romantic attraction.
NPR’s Best Kids’ Books of 2016. Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Older Readers 2016. New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2016. Amazon’s Top 20 Children’s Books of 2016. ALA 2017 Rainbow Book List — GLBTQ Books for Children & Teens.
Award-winning author Donna Gephart crafts a compelling dual narrative about two remarkable young people: Lily, a transgender girl, and Dunkin, a boy dealing with bipolar disorder. Their powerful story will shred your heart, then stitch it back together with kindness, humor, bravery, and love.
National Book Award Winner. Caitlin has Asperger’s. The world according to her is black and white; anything in between is confusing. Before, when things got confusing, Caitlin went to her older brother, Devon, for help. But Devon was killed in a school shooting, and Caitlin’s dad is so distraught that he is just not helpful.
Caitlin wants everything to go back to the way things were, but she doesn’t know how to do that. Then she comes across the word closure–and she realizes this is what she needs. And in her search for it, Caitlin discovers that the world may not be so black and white after all.
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