Parents today are very concerned about raising kids who will be forces for good in the world. There are many ways to teach children empathy and understanding, and one very simple yet powerful approach is through books.
Countless children’s books offer beautiful lessons about friendship, acceptance, kindness and compassion. We’ve rounded up a sample of 35. Keep scrolling for a selection of diverse books that feature messages of empathy and kindness.
35 Books That Teach Empathy And Kindness
THOSE SHOES tells a story of generosity and selflessness in the midst of peer pressure.
YOU, ME, AND EMPATHY
This book aims to help kids develop skills like empathy and understanding through its compassionate main character.
MOST PEOPLE reminds kids that, although there are many scary events and images in the world, there are also countless examples of goodness.
THE INVISIBLE BOY
It’s common to feel left out, but this story highlights the power of friendship and inclusion.
COME WITH ME
This book follows a little girl’s quest to make the world a better place.
ALL ARE WELCOME
This book celebrates different cultures around the world and educates kids about various traditions and customs.
CHOCOLATE MILK, POR FAVOR! CELEBRATING DIVERSITY WITH EMPATHY
Chocolate milk becomes a symbol to tell the story of a boy’s friendship with a new classmate who doesn’t speak English.
I AM ENOUGH
I AM ENOUGH offers lessons about accepting yourself — as well as others.
This Newbery Medal-winning book follows a boy and his grandmother as they witness beauty, kindness and joy on the bus.
Read on for the full list of Books That Teach Empathy And Kindness, on HuffPost Life.
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