Teaching Empathy


Titles for Lower Grade Students (PreK-Grade 4)

  1. Applegate, Katherine. Ivan: the Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Clarion Books, 2014.
  2. Burton, LeVar. The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. Illus. by Susan Schaefer Bernardo. Reading Rainbow, 2014.
  3. Breathed, Berkeley. Pete & Pickles. Philomel Books, 2008.
  4. Choi, Yangsook. The Name Jar. Dragonfly Books, 2003.
  5. Choldenko, Gennifer. Dad and the Dinosaur. Illus. by Dan Santat. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2017.
  6. Cleary, Beverly. Ramona the Pest. Oxford University Press, 1968.
  7. Curato, Mike. Little Elliot, Big Fun. Henry Holt and Co., 2016.
  8. Doerrfeld, Cori. The Rabbit Listened. Dial Books, 2018.
  9. Dyckman, Amy. Wolfie the Bunny. Illus. by Zachariah OHora. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.
  10. Edward, Michelle. A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love. Schwarz & Wade, 2016.
  11. Hall, Michael. Red: A Crayon’s Story. Greenwillow Books, 2015.
  12. Harley, Bill. Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year. Peachtree Publishers, 2013.
  13. Henkes, Kevin. Chrysanthemum. Greenwillow Books, 2008.
  14. Jackson, Richard. In Plain Sight. Roaring Brook Press, 2016.
  15. Kilodavis, Cheryl. My Princess Boy. Illus. by Suzanne DiSimone. KD Talent LLC, 2010.
  16. Long, Loren. Otis and the Scarecrow. Philomel Books, 2014.
  17. Ludwig, Trudy. The Invisible Boy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
  18. Mack, Jeff. Good News Bad News. Chronicle Books, 2012.
  19. Manusco, Jackie Clark. Hudson and the Puppy: Lost in Paris. La Librairie Parisienne, 2018.
  20. Otoshi, Kathryn. One. KO Kids Books, 2008.
  21. Otoshi, Kathryn. Zero. KO Kids Books, 2010.
  22. Paterson, Katherine. The Great Gilly Hopkins. Heinemann Educational, 1996.
  23. Palacio, R.J.  We’re All Wonders. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017.
  24. Parton, Dolly. Coat of Many Colors. Illus. by Judith Sutton. HarperCollins, 1996.
  25. Reynolds, Peter H. I’m Here. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011.
  26. Rippin, Sally. Hey Jack! series. Hardie Grant Egmont, 2015.
  27. Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Bully. Roaring Books Press, 2013.
  28. Sornson, Bob. Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy. Love & Logic Press, 2013.
  29. Staake, Bob. The Bluebird. Schwartz & Wade, 2013.
  30. Thompson, Lisa. The Goldfish Boy. Scholastic, 2017.
  31. Vernick, Audrey. First Grade Dropout. Clarion Books, 2015.
  32. White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web. HarperCollins, 1952.
  33. Winter, Jeanette. Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan: Two Stories of Bravery. Beach Lane Books, 2014.
  34. Woodson, Jacqueline. Each Kindness. Illus. by E.B. Lewis. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012.
  35. Woodson, Jacqueline. The Other Side. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2001.
  36. Yousafzai, Malala. Malala’s Magic Pencil. Illus. by Kerascoet. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017.

Titles for Middle and Upper Grade Students (Grades 5-12)

  1. Airgood, Ellen. Prairie Evers. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012.
  2. Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Houghton Mifflin, 2013.
  3. Alexander, William. Ambassador. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014.
  4. Anderson, JOhn David. Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. Walden Pond Press, 2016.
  5. Applegate, Katherine. Wishtree. Feiwel Friends, 2017.
  6. Bildner, Phil. A Whole New Ball Game. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
  7. Bloom, Judy. Blubber. Macmillian Childrens Books, 1974.
  8. Buyea, Rob. Because of Mr. Terupt. Delacorte Press, 2010.
  9. Choldenko, Gennifer. Al Capone Does My Shirts. Puffin Books, 2006.
  10. Creech, Sharon. Moo. HarperCollins, 2016.
  11. de la Cruz, Melissa. Something in Between. Harlequin Teen, 2016.
  12. DiCamillo, Kate. Raymie  Nightingale. Candlewick Press, 2016.
  13. Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2010.
  14. Erskine, Kathryn. Mockingbird. Philomel Books, 2010.
  15. Gantos, Jack. The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
  16. Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. Balzer + Bray, 2016.
  17. Gephart, Donna. Lily and Dunkin. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2016.
  18. Graff, Lisa. Lost in the Sun. Philomel Books, 2015.
  19. Hall, Megan Kelly. Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories. HarperTeen, 2011.
  20. Henkes, Kevin. Junonia. Greenwillow Books, 2011.
  21. House, Silas and Neela Vaswani. Same Sun Here. Candlewick Press, 2012.
  22. Johnson, Peter. The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez. HarperCollins, 2014.
  23. Kelly, Erin Entrada. Blackbird. Greenwillow Books, 2015.
  24. Larson, Hope Larson. A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel. Margaret Ferguson Books, 2012.
  25. Leyson, Leon. The Boy on the Wooden Box. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  26. Martin, Ann M. Rain Reign. Feiwel & Friends, 2014.
  27. McDougall, Sophia. Mars Evacuees. Egmont, 2014.
  28. McGovern. Cammie. Just My Luck. Harper Collins, 2016.
  29. McGovern, Cammie. A Step Toward Falling. Harper Teen, 2015.
  30. Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Perennial Classics, 1960.
  31. Lord, Cynthia. Rules. Scholastic Press, 2006.
  32. Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Knopf, 2012.
  33. Philbrick, Rodman. Freak the Mighty. Scholastic, 2001.
  34. Priemaza, Anna. Kat and Meg Conquer the World. Harper Teen, 2017.
  35. Quick, Matthew. Boy21. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.
  36. Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Ninth Ward. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010.
  37. Rocklin, Joanne. One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street. Harry N. Abrams, 2011.
  38. Roe, Robin. A List of Cages. Disney-Hyperion, 2017.
  39. Sachar, Louis. Fuzzy Mud. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2015.
  40. Schmidt, Gary D. Orbiting Jupiter. Clarion Books, 2015.
  41. Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. Dial Books, 2013.
  42. Spinelli, Jerry. The Warden’s Daughter. Listening Library, 2017.
  43. Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. Viking, 1939.
  44. Sundquist, Josh. Love at First Sight.  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2017.
  45. Vawter, Vince. Paperboy. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2013.
  46. Yee, Lisa. Warp Speed. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2011.