Fostering Empathy and Sense of Self through Books
What children experience through books sets the path for their own self-worth and how they view others
The Windows and Mirrors of a Child's Bookshelf
In this TedX Talk, Grace Lin, award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, shows how the books that are not on a child’s bookshelf are just as important as those that are.
Lin shares how books provide children with a window into the larger world, as well as a mirror for self-reflection, both of which foster our ability to build bridges of tolerance.
Use our guiding questions to connect the message from this webinar to your classroom.
Books for Your Shelf
Carefully selected with a focus on supporting children's sense of self and empathy
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 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
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 Suzanne Kaufman, this book features images from a diverse classroom where children are encouraged to be themselves and welcome others into their community.
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