33 Picture Books about Empathy and Understanding

33 Picture Books about Empathy and Understanding

Books about empathy help your students understand the consequences of their actions by imagining other people’s feelings, supporting them to be reflective and open-minded.

33 Picture Books about Empathy and Understanding

Books about Empathy and Understanding

Children need a good understanding of empathy and open-mindedness to counteract negativity in the world. They learn from the actions of adults around them, and teaching empathy is one of our most important responsibilities.

Opportunities to discuss the consequences of their actions helps children imagine other people’s feelings during intolerant or difficult situations, developing reflection and open-mindedness.

The recommended books show characters who:

  • recognise the emotions of others
  • understand how their actions may affect others
  • understand the struggles of others
  • are caring, thoughtful and respectful to others
  • listen to what others have to say
  • try to help others

You can also read about characters who try to use the empathy of others to get their own way. Other books instil empathy in the reader.

Picture Books about Empathy

Empathy Questions

  • What is empathy?
  • How do you show empathy?
  • How do you feel when someone shows empathy towards you? Why?
  • How did [character] show more empathy as the story went on?
  • Describe how [character] showed empathy?
  • Why did [character] need to show empathy towards [character]?
  • Why did [character] and [character] have different perspectives on being empathic?
  • How did [character’s] empathy impact those around them?
  • How did [character’s] empathy impact their community?
  • Why do you think [character] and [character] empathise in different ways?
  • Why do you think [character] was more emphatic than [character]?


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