Picture Books & Resources
Children learn from the actions of adults around them and teaching empathy is one of our most important responsibilities. They need a good understanding of empathy and open-mindedness to counteract negativity in the world. Make sure children in your care have opportunities to discuss the consequences of their actions. Help them imagine other people’s feelings during intolerant or difficult situations, supporting them to be reflective and open-minded. Picture books are a wonderful tool to promote empathy. Use them to start discussions on what it means to be caring, thoughtful and respectful to others.
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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!
Melbourne Child Psychology: Why We Need Empathy, and How We Teach it to Children
PBS Parents: How to Help Your Five-Year-Old Develop Empathy
PBS Parents: Empathy in Action: How to Help Your Five-Year-Old Treat Others With Compassion
Harvard University: Cultivating Empathy
More Books to Explore
The Children’s Library Lady has over 450 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.
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