Emotional Stories for Kids

Some stories just pull at your heartstrings more than others. Whether it's because their characters are so fully drawn or because their stories are particularly poignant, these emotional books are sure to strike a chord in young readers. For more stories that deal with kids' feelings, check out Books About Friendship and Books That Teach Empathy.

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Charlotte's Web

age 7+

Gentle, much-loved barnyard classic delights all ages.

By: E.B. White (1952)
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

age 7+

Heartless toy finds love in a cruel world.

By: Kate DiCamillo (2006)
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The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

age 8+

Sweet tale of biracial girl in search of lost family.

By: Brenda Woods (2014)
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Caterpillar Summer

age 8+

Touching tale of girl's summer with brother, family secrets.

By: Gillian McDunn (2019)
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Escape from Aleppo

age 8+

Gripping, moving tale of Syrian teen fleeing war-torn city.

By: N.H. Senzai (2018)
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Extraordinary Birds

age 8+

Foster kid learns to trust in beautiful, heartfelt story.

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I Can Make This Promise

age 8+

Native American girl learns family secrets in touching tale.

By: Christine Day (2019)
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Love That Dog

age 8+

Boy pours his grief into poetry in moving free-verse gem.

By: Sharon Creech (2004)
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Ms. Bixby's Last Day

age 8+

Remarkable story of three boys honoring spirited teacher.

By: John David Anderson (2016)
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The Season of Styx Malone

age 8+

Heartwarming story of friendship and adventure.

By: Kekla Magoon (2018)
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Silver Meadows Summer

age 8+

Poignant story of Puerto Rican girl adapting to life in U.S.

By: Emma Otheguy (2019)
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Rain Reign

age 9+

Poignant tale of autistic girl and her dog.

By: Ann M. Martin (2014)
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Red, White, and Whole

age 9+

Emotional novel in verse follows 1983 Indian American teen.

By: Rajani LaRocca (2021)
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Sisters

age 9+

Funny, moving memoir is great for younger comics fans.

By: Raina Telgemeier (2014)
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Song for a Whale

age 9+

Compelling tale of deaf girl's search for a whale.

By: Lynne Kelly (2019)
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Where the Red Fern Grows

age 9+

Tearjerker about country boy and his hound dogs.

By: Wilson Rawls (1961)
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As Brave As You

age 10+

Poignant summer adventure brims with family love and hope.

By: Jason Reynolds (2016)
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Just Like Jackie

age 10+

Emotional tale of girl's struggle with her family history.

By: Lindsey Stoddard (2018)
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Mockingbird

age 10+

Moving tale of girl whose brother died in school shooting.

By: Kathryn Erskine (2010)
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Shouting at the Rain

age 10+

Girl grapples with being abandoned in bittersweet tale.

By: Lynda Mullaly Hunt (2019)
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