Top 10 Empathy Books

    A Boy Called Bat
    6.8
    01
    A Boy Called Bat
    Written by Elana K. Arnold & illustrated by Charles Santoso
    True (. . . Sort Of)
    6.6
    02
    True (. . . Sort Of)
    Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
    6.6
    03
    Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
    Written by Marcy Campbell & illustrated by Corinna Luyken
    Wonder
    6.5
    04
    Wonder
    Written by R. J. Palacio
    The Snatchabook
    6.3
    05
    The Snatchabook
    Written by Helen Docherty & illustrated by Thomas Docherty
    Bernice Gets Carried Away
    5.9
    06
    Bernice Gets Carried Away
    Written and illustrated by Hannah Harrison
    We're All Wonders
    5.8
    07
    We're All Wonders
    Written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio
    The Hundred Dresses
    5.8
    08
    The Hundred Dresses
    Written by Eleanor Estes & illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
    Baby Be Kind
    5.8
    09
    Baby Be Kind
    Written and illustrated by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
    A Sick Day for Amos McGee
    5.7
    10
    A Sick Day for Amos McGee
    Written by Philip C. Stead & illustrated by Erin E. Stead

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway Empathy can seem like an abstract idea to explain to a child. However, children are certain to understand what it means to be empathetic when they see it in action and feel it. It's instinctive to them. Have you ever had a child, maybe your own child, come up and comfort you when she or he could sense you were sad? Even toddlers seem to be naturally inclined to this reaction. Children's literature offers an incomparable medium through which we can help children understand and develop empathy. One of the many wonderful things about books is that they let you see a story through someone else's eyes. You get to step into other people's shoes and understand their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Whether a book character models empathy and compassion, explicitly talks about empathy, or simply helps you understand another person's point-of-view, books are a powerful tool to help teach kids of all ages, from toddlers through high school and beyond, to nurture and demonstrate their natural instincts to be empathetic. Our list focuses specifically on board books, picture books, and early chapter books, a range perfect for babies through kids elementary and early middle school age. It highlights some of the best children's books with characters and stories that show, demonstrate, and teach empathy. From little books about empathy to chapter books, these different and wonderful books will teach your children about empathy and help them develop it themselves. You can limit our list to board, picture, or chapter books, or see the entire list. You can also use the table of contents to jump to narrower topics that fit what you're searching for.

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5.6
My Heart
5.5
When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles
5.5
I Am Human
5.4
Jake and Lily
5.3
The Wall
5.0
Through Grandpa's Eyes
4.8
Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy
4.6
Paperboy
The One and Only Ivan
I'm Feeling Mad
The Boy on the Wooden Box
Manjhi Moves a Mountain
6.0
The Perfectly Perfect Wish
5.7
Be Kind
5.5
Lubna and Pebble
5.0
It Will Be Ok: A Story of Empathy, Kindness, and Friendship
4.8
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The Boy and the Whale
4.5
I Am Love
3.5
Amazing Grace
5.6
Brown Girl Dreaming
5.5
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade
5.4
The Invisible Boy
5.3
Last Stop on Market Street
5.1
Hey Little Ant
4.9
Will Bear Share?
4.8
Each Kindness
4.6
Fish in a Tree
Inside Out and Back Again
One
El Deafo
Madame Badobedah
5.8
We Don't Eat Our Classmates
5.5
One
5.1
Chamelia and the New Kid in Class
4.8
Happy Grumpy Loved: A Little Book of Feelings
4.8
I Am Scary
4.6
Cedric and the Dragon
4.5
The Very Very Very Long Dog
4.3