Books That Teach Empathy

Teaching kids empathy is one of the most important jobs of being a parent. These great books for all ages help make it easier by celebrating friendship, difference, and the importance of caring for one another.

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Simple animal tale of bullying, empathy, and forgiveness.
By Laura Vaccaro Seeger
(2013)
Spare story of ups & downs great for toddlers, preschoolers.
By Jeff Mack
(2012)
Boy burns with embarrassment in hilarious, relatable tale.
By Audrey Vernick
(2015)
Poignant, sensitive story of captive gorilla builds empathy.
By Katherine Applegate
(2014)
Tractor reaches out to silent friend in tale of empathy.
By Loren Long
(2014)
Reassuring tale soothes fears, promotes sharing feelings.
By LeVar Burton, Susan Schaefer Bernardo
(2014)
Kind tale of empathy shows how to reach out to left-out kid.
By Trudy Ludwig
(2013)
Engaging school story about a messy boy with a good heart.
By Bill Harley
(2013)
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Gentle, much-loved classic delights all ages.
By E.B. White
(2006)
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Ramona tale helps young kids build empathy.
By Beverly Cleary
(2003)
Nate at his best, showing empathy for geeky new kid.
By Lincoln Peirce
(2015)
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Touching fourth-grade story of empathy and kindness.
By Cammie McGovern
(2016)
Rich, authentic characters are heart of thoughtful novel.
By Peter Johnson
(2014)
Orange tree draws a neighborhood together in unique story.
By Joanne Rocklin
(2011)
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Great novel about a girl, her chickens, and her best friend.
By Ellen Airgood
(2012)
Fun, gentle story about kids gaining confidence and empathy.
By Phil Bildner
(2015)
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Super relatable heroine, lots of middle school drama.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2015)
Wise words to live by cleverly packed in a "Wonder" package.
By R.J. Palacio
(2014)
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Complex adventure mixes immigration issues, space travel.
By William Alexander
(2014)
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Charming, funny comics memoir of growing up deaf.
By Cece Bell
(2014)
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Outcasts join forces to conquer readers' hearts.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2004)
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Sweet coming-of-age story teaches empathy, kindness.
By Kevin Henkes
(2011)
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Fun, fresh sci-fi adventure has touching message of empathy.
By Sophia McDougall
(2015)
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Poignant tale of autistic girl and her dog.
By Ann M. Martin
(2014)
Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.
By Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
(2012)
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Gripping, taut eco-thriller a thoughtful, satisfying read.
By Louis Sachar
(2015)
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Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.
By Kathryn Erskine
(2010)
Deliciously macabre, well-spun tale for fans of horror.
By Jonathan Auxier
(2014)
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Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2011)
Joey tries to heal his family in emotional series finale.
By Jack Gantos
(2014)
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Moving, uplifting tale of disfigured boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
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Gripping, heartfelt coming-of-age tale sure to hook teens.
By Matthew Quick
(2013)
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Devastating, deeply moving story of love and resilience.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2015)
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Award-winning coming-of-age book teaches empathy, bravery.
By Vince Vawter
(2014)
Stunning classic examines racism -- and justice.
By Harper Lee
(2004)
Kids', teens' authors share personal bullying experiences.
By Megan Kelley Hall, Carrie Jones
(2011)
Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.
By John Steinbeck
(2010)

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