Fostering Empathy and Sense of Self
Carefully-selected books for infants and toddlers to support their budding skills.
Written and illustrated by Jess Hong, this book encourages readers to love themselves and embrace others and the many different ways they may be.
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Irene Chan, this book shares ways to show care and kindness to others.
My Friend Is Sad
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems, this story is about a friend’s attempts to make his friend happy.
We're Different, We're the Same
Written by Bobbi Kates and illustrated by Joe Mathieu, this book features text and illustrations describing a variety of ways people are alike and different.
Hooray for Hat!
Written and illustrated by Brian Won, this delightful story shows how a simple act of kindness can brighten up someone else’s day by showing we care.
The Skin You Live In
Written by Michael Tyler and illustrated by David Lee Csicsko, this story encourages young readers to love themselves and embrace others, no matter the color of their skin.
READING WITH INFANTS AND TODDLERS
Read Early and Often
Whether you teach young infants, older infants, or toddlers, children of all ages benefit from read-alouds. But what strategies work best? What should my expectations or goals be?
Published by Zero to Three, this article shares guidelines for choosing, sharing, and reading books with young children of all ages. By reading early and often, you can support children’s development and love of reading right from the start.
TEACHING THROUGH BOOKS