Anytime I see any new Childrens Books About Empathy, I can’t help but get it to read with my kids.
Whether you’re teaching children or raising your own humans, teaching children empathy is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child.
As a mom, some of the proudest moments I’ve experience with my boys is when they show empathy and compassion toward another person.
In addition to recommending childrens books about empathy for kids, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and classroom resources to teach kids about empathy!
You can find these books at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Childrens Books About Empathy
The Otis books have been a personal favorite for quite some time.
Otis has the biggest heart around – you can’t help but love him.
At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong.
Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. This gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish.
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.
What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? What if your friends saw you hesitate? That’s what happens in this funny, thought-provoking book.
Eleanor Estes’s The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since for a reason – this story touches the heart of any child who hears this story.
From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference―or at least help a friend.
In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.
A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of compassion and standing up for others, featuring everyone’s favorite tractor, Otis. Ene day, when a cold autumn rain sets in, Otis and the animals snuggle close, feeling warmed by one another’s friendship. But on this day, Otis can’t seem to take his eyes off the lonely figure in the cornfield.
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Empathy Unit Study
In addition to recommending books about empathy for kids, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and classroom resources to teach kids about empathy! These unity study resources may contain affiliate links.
- How to Be a Good Friend Visual Routine
- Friends Theme Preschool Classroom Lesson Plans
- Printable Random Acts of Kindness Cards