Children's books that teach empathy

El Deafo

El Deafo

Cece Bell

A hearing aid grants superpowers in this funny, poignant, exceptional graphic novel memoir about growing up deaf.

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The Song from Somewhere Else

The Song from Somewhere Else

A. F. Harrold, Levi Pinfold

A powerful and poignant story about friendship from the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary, illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold. Perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman

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The Day No One Was Angry

The Day No One Was Angry

Toon Tellegen, Marc Boutavant

Twelve stunningly illustrated, poetic, and funny stories about grumpy animals from an internationally acclaimed Dutch writer and a hugely popular French illustrator.

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My Two Blankets: Little Hare Books

My Two Blankets: Little Hare Books

Irena Kobald, Freya Blackwood

Cartwheel has arrived in a new country, and feels the loss of all she's ever known. She creates a safe place for herself under an 'old blanket' made out of memories and thoughts of home. As time goes on, Cartwheel begins to weave...

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 Read reviewGrover Finds a Home (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 1)

Grover Finds a Home (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 1)

Claire Garth, Johannes Leak

Grover is a brave dog, but right now he's cold, wet, hungry and afraid.After escaping from his owner's yard in a thunderstorm, Grover is taken to a local animal shelter. The people there are kind, but Grover isn't sure...

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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White, Garth Williams

Tells the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur's dear friend, Charlotte A Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider.

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You are Stardust: Our Amazing Connections With Planet Earth

You are Stardust: Our Amazing Connections With Planet Earth

Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim

If people were planets, we'd be a lot like Earth...

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 Read reviewThe Journey

The Journey

Francesca Sanna

With haunting echoes of current affairs this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book...

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I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World

Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick

Written by Malala for her peers, this is the story of the girl behind the Nobel Prize-winning icon.

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet

Elaine DePrince, Michaela DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, she witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of...

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Wonder

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things - eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary...

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The Arrival

The Arrival

Shaun Tan

A unique 128-page, textless graphic novel, in black, white and sepia, drawing inspiration from tales of migrants in past and recent times.

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 Read reviewThe One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013  Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will...

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Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest

Julian Gough, Jim Field

Hilarious, gorgeously illustrated and with a classic feel, this is 'a perfect animal double-act'

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My Friend Is Sad

My Friend Is Sad

Mo Willems

One of a series of delightfully humorous award-winning tales for beginner readers from an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator

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My Big Shouting Day

My Big Shouting Day

Rebecca Patterson

Bella's biscuit is broken, she has a hurting foot and ballet is too itchy for words. All she can do is shout. But by the end of the day, when she's all tired out from being shouty, Bella knows there's one magic word and one magic...

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Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten

Bob Graham

'A little kindness goes a long way,' is the subtle moral depicted in this gentle tale by award winning Australian authorial illustrator Bob Graham.

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 Read reviewIntroducing Teddy

Introducing Teddy

Jessica Walton

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. Whether it's riding a bike, playing in the tree house, having a tea party or all of the above, every day holds something fun to do together. One sunny day,...

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The Smartest Giant in Town (15th Anniversary edition)

The Smartest Giant in Town (15th Anniversary edition)

Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

A new, limited edition of the modern classic The Smartest Giant in Town.George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look:...

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Enid and Her Two Mums

Enid and Her Two Mums

Jessica Skogstad, Tara Reynolds

Young Enid is on her usual walk to school one day, when she notices that her family looks slightly different to the other families she sees on the street.

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Strictly No Elephants

Strictly No Elephants

Lisa Mantchev, Taeeun Yoo

Lyrical, stunning, and sweet, this picture book is about a boy and his tiny pet elephant who are excluded from pet club

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Horrible Bear!

Horrible Bear!

Ame Dyckman, Zachariah OHora

Bear didn't mean to break the girl's kite, but she is upset and shouts 'HORRIBLE BEAR!'. But Bear doesn't think he is horrible. Until he decides to get his own back and has a really horrible idea. But before he can carry it out,...

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Last Stop on Market Street

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de la Pena, Christian Robinson

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? Each question is met with an...

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Elmer

Elmer

David McKee

For over a quarter of a century readers have been joining Elmer the patchwork elephant on his exciting adventures. Now Elmer's classic first story is available in this lovely board book edition. With its sturdy pages for little...

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Hello Little Babies

Hello Little Babies

Alison Lester

From the bestselling author of Kissed by the Moon and Imagine comes a book to be cherished by children and parents everywhere. 

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Everywhere Babies

Everywhere Babies

Susan Meyers, Marla Frazee

With an irresistible rhyme and delightfully endearing illustrations, this board book is an exuberant celebration of playing, sleeping, crawling, and doing all the wonderful things babies do best. Full color.

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Whoever You are

Whoever You are

Mem Fox, Leslie Staub

Every day all over the world, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same. But inside, they are alike. This book celebrates children, whoever they are.

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Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions

Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions

Abrams Appleseed

An interactive book of faces that includes a mirror to encourage babies to recognise and mimic facial expressions, match and play

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How Do You Feel?

How Do You Feel?

Anthony Browne

A book about feelings, for the very young child.

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 Read reviewThe Thank You Dish

The Thank You Dish

Trace Balla

A story about gratitude, community and eating locally, from a bestselling picture-book maker.

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