Empathy Picture Books

It is the power of picture books to develop empathy that will probably keep me reading picture books for the rest of my life.


Empathy picture books can be many things, stories that: help children understand their own or others feelings; that enable children to be seen and see things from others perspectives; and social justice, community and environmental stories that can inspire hope and help children begin to see they could take action, however small, to help others or the planet.


There many wonderful educators on bookish twitter (find me @melissacreate15) that have developed my understanding and knowledge of picture books. More recently the Empathy Lab collections have also provided a great inspiration.


You will find below a number of recommendations and among them are some of my all time favourite picture books.


The 10 books in the top two rows are my hand-picked selection from the Empathy Lab 2024 collection. My selection includes one poetry collection, 6 empathy picture books, two 7 to 9 years short chapter books and one verse novel.


The bottom row are 5 of my personal favourite empathy reads, 5 picture books and one short story. 


A very special selection of books to inspire hope and encourage children (and adults) to take action for themselves. 


This collection for primary schools (but with plenty to interest teenagers and adults too) focuses on stories that would work well with children children of different ages. 

Book a picture book CPD session with discounted books.


Which includes learning about  these two empathy collections and my EYFS and KS1 selection 

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