Empathy and Kindness: a Children’s Book List

  • Empathy and Kindness: a Children’s Book List

Sometimes empathy and kindness are hard to find. Here are a few great books about these subjects.

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Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Peña

"Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful." CJ begins his weekly bus journey around the city with disappointment and dissatisfaction, wondering why he and his family can'

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The Monster Who Lost His Mean

Tiffany Strelitz Haber

Teased by the other monsters for being nice instead of mean, Onster prefers playing with children and helping them with their chores to frightening them.

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The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

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The Invisible Boy

Trudy Ludwig

Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Carol McCloud

For use in schools and libraries only. Uses the metaphor of a bucket filled with good feelings to show how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.

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How Kind!

Mary Murphy

Hen gives Pig an egg, how kind says Pig. He keeps the egg safe and warm, Hen is so kind, he thought. I would like to do something kind too. So Pig is kind to Rabbit, and Rabbit to Cow ... and so it goes on. One good turn leads to another, and at the

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If You Plant a Seed

Kadir Nelson

Kadir Nelson, acclaimed author of Baby Bear and winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion

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We're All Wonders

R. J. Palacio

The unforgettable bestseller Wonder has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an origin

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All Are Welcome

Alexandra Penfold

Celebrate diversity and inclusion with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where all are welcome! Look under the jacket for a poster, and don't miss the fold-out page at the end of the book. Follow a group of children thr

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Little Blue Truck

Alice Schertle

"Neigh!" said a horse. "Quack!" said a duck. "Beep!" said the friendly Little Blue Truck. Little Blue Truck is a joyful cacophony of animal and truck sounds that will have youngsters beeping and quacking—and begging fo

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