School Library Journal Book List: Empathy
Empathy is when we feel what other people are feeling, or at least understand how they are feeling. Empathy can be sharing a look with a friend before you both break out in giggles, or it can be sensing the quiet part of them, the part they are not able to talk about out loud. To show empathy for them, you can offer a snack, a walk, a hand, or even just sitting still. We want them to feel less alone. We want them to know we are here for them, if they need us.
This list of books that highlight empathy was curated by Kimberly Olson Fakih, Senior Editor, Picture Books at School Library Journal.
I Love You, Baby Burrito
- How do the characters feel in the story?
- How would you feel if there were a new baby in your family?
- What are some things that people have "mixed feelings" about?
- What country were you born in?
- What do you think it would feel like to leave your home country?
- How does the girl feel in the story?
- What does she realize about her family?
- The family makes a new memory about watercress! What are some happy memories that your family has?
They Only See the Outside
- What are some feelings you have shared with the world?
- What are some feelings that you have kept inside?
- How can we tell what others are feeling?
- What did you learn from the poems in the book?
Grandpa Across the Ocean
- How does the boy in the book feel early in the story? Why? How does he feel at the end?
- Have you ever met a new person? How did it feel?
- Why are some reasons that people's feelings might change?
- What does the girl in the story feel in the beginning of the book?
- When her teacher attaches a paintbrush to her forehead with a headband, what happens?
- What does the girl learn about the world? What do others learn about her?
- Did this story help YOU learn anything about other people?
The Cot in the Living Room
- What does the girl in the story feel about Raquel and Edgardo at the beginning of the story?
- What changes her feelings about the cot — and Raquel and Edgardo?
- Have you ever felt one way and then changed your mind because you were able to understand someone else's perspective?
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