Auckland Libraries: Empathy and differences for kids

Empathy and differences for kids

This selection of books explores the topics of empathy and understanding differences, in a simple and approachable way.

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Along came a different

Tom McLaughlin

Picture book

Reds love being red. Yellows love being yellow. And Blues love being blue. The problem is that they just don't like each other. But one day, along comes a different colour who likes Reds, Yellows and Blues, and suddenly everything starts to change.

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Draw the line

Kathryn Otoshi

Picture book

A wordless picture book about forgiveness. When two boys draw their own lines and realize they can connect them together magic happens! But a misstep causes their lines to get crossed. Will the boys ever find a way to come together again?

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Stripes! No, spots!

Vasanti Unka

Picture book

Tiger claims that stripes are best. Leopard insists that spots are tops. Their squabble turns into a battle; and, by lunchtime, the jungle is a complete mess. Their way of resolving matters will bring out the best in everyone - well, almost everyone.

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I have the right to be a child

Alain Serres

Book

A young narrator describes what it means to be a child with rights — from the right to food, water and shelter, to the right to go to school, to the right to be free from violence, to the right to breathe clean air, and much more.

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If kids ran the world

Leo Dillon

Picture book

In a colourful tree house, a rainbow of children determine the most important needs in our complex world. Forgiveness and generosity are seen as essential, because kids know how to share, and they understand the power of love.

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No difference between us

Jayneen Sanders

Picture book

Combining cheerful illustrations and a simple but effective narrative, this book will help children to understand that, fundamentally, there is no difference between us.

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The same inside

Liz Brownlee

Book

A sweet and thoughtful collection of poems about friendship, diversity, empathy and respect. The poems are the perfect springboard to start conversations.

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What makes us unique?

Jillian Roberts

Book

This book provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different.

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Who left the light on?

Richard Marnier

Picture book

When one resident of a place where all the houses are alike and everyone does things at the same time leaves the lights on at night, the neighbours are scandalised, but when he builds a new, distinctive house others begin to follow his lead.

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Whoever you are

Mem Fox

Picture book

Despite the differences between people around the world, there are similarities that join us together, such as pain, joy, and love.

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You, me and empathy

Jayneen Sanders

Book

Empathy is a learnt trait, and one to nurture in all children. Included are Discussion Questions and activities to promote empathy.

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