Picture books that model empathy

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“How’s it going?” is much more than a greeting. Being able to understand what others are feeling or experiencing is an important life skill for your child to learn. Empathy begins developing during early childhood and children’s picture books are a great way for little ones to learn about difference, kindness and understanding. Here are a few great titles to look for and borrow at your local library.


  • Whoever you are 
  • Hug
  • Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes
  • Everywhere Babies
  • Hello Little Babies
  • Bluebird

Toddlers and pre-schoolers

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Paraphernalia's Present
  • The Very Cranky Bear
  • Night Watch
  • Boy
  • Hugless Douglas
  • Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten
  • My Big Shouting Day
  • This is Our House
  • Pass It On

Do you have any others you can recommend?  Share them on our Facebook page for other families to enjoy.

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.

Dolly Parton: Founder - Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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