Fostering Empathy and Sense of Self
Carefully-selected books for preschoolers to support their developing skills
Pink is for Boys
Written by Robb Pearlman and illustrated by Eda Kaban, this story features pictures, text, and a message that break from gender stereotypes related to color.
I Am Enough
Written by Grace Byers and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo, this book features a young girl expressing her love for herself – who and how she is.
Written and illustrated by Christian Robinson, this story gives an affirming and powerful message that lets children know that they are important and valued.
Happy in Our Skin
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Lauren Tobia, this book uses diverse illustrations and rhymes to describe the unique features and functions of human skin.
Same, Same But Different
Written and illustrated by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, this story follows two children from different cultures as they find out how their lives are the same and different.
A Sick Day For Amos McGee
Written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, this is the story of an empathic zookeeper and his friendship with some of the animals at the zoo.
Written by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, this book shows a modern Native American family making fry bread, a special food that people in their family have cooked for many years.
All Are Welcome
Written by Alexandra Penfold and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman, this story celebrates diversity and inclusivity as it follows children through the school day.
Looking for Bongo
Written and illustrated by Eric Velasquez, this book features a bilingual boy interacting with different members of his multi-generational family while trying to find Bongo, his stuffed toy.
TEACHING THROUGH BOOKS