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14 Books That Teach Empathy

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

By Start Empathy

February 3, 2014

1. Bully (Laura Vaccaro Seeger): Simple animal tale of bullying, empathy, and forgiveness.

2. Good News Bad News (Jeff Mack): Spare story of ups and downs, great for toddlers and preschoolers.

3. The Invisible Boy (Trudy Ludwig): Kind tale of empathy shows how to reach out to left out kid.

4. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White): Gentle, much-loved classic delights all ages. 

5. Ramona the Pest (Beverly Cleary): Ramona helps young kids build empathy.

6. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street (Joanne Rocklin): Orange trees draws a neighborhood together in this unique story.

7. Prairie Evers (Ellen Airgood): Great novel about a girl, her chicken, and her best friend.

8. The Enemy: A Book About Peace (Davide Cali): Simple lessons about war and enemies; not for little kids.

9. Junonia (Kevin Henkes): Sweet, coming-of-age story teaches empathy and kindness.

10. Freak the Mighty (Rodman Philbrick): Outcasts join forces to conquer readers' hearts.

11. Mockingbird (Kathryn Erskine): National Book Award winner imparts importance of empathy.

12. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee): Stunning classic examines racism - and justice.

13. Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell their Stories (Carrie Jones, Megan Kelley Hall): Kids', teens' authors share personal bullying experiences.

14. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck): Gritty Steinbeck classic brings Great Depression to life.


This list has been compiled by Common Sense Media.