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Picture Books: Empathy, Friendship & Respecting Others

Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from the other person’s point of view. It is imagining how someone else is thinking or feeling as well as understanding that other people have feelings and those feelings count. By mastering empathy children develop compassion and the ability to make friends.

We often ask children to think about “walking in someone else’s shoes” to help them learn to consider the feelings and experiences of others – like being polite to others, even when they are in a bad mood. Picture books are a great way to help children develop empathy. Through them, children can live the experiences of someone else. Anna Dewdney, author of the Llama Llama books, is well know for speaking about the role picture books can play in the development of empathy in children.

When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes.” ~ Anna Dewdney, The Wall Street Journal: How Books Can Teach Your Child to Care

Listed below are several picture books that celebrate the differences of others and highlight the experience of empathy as well as the friendships and strength of community that result from it.

 

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Books:

All Kinds of FamiliesAll Kinds of Families – Families of all shapes, sizes, and colors, including celery stalks and buttons, are presented in this colorful picture book celebrating the diversity, familiarity, and importance of togetherness.


Beryl a Pig's TaleBeryl: a Pig’s Tale – Tired of being mistreated and cooped up, Beryl the piglet escapes her farm and meets a group of wild pigs, whose settlement splits up over the decision of whether to let her stay, and with her new “family” she sets out to find a new home.


The Chickens Build a WallThe Chickens Build a Wall – When a friendly hedgehog visits the farm, the chickens build an enormous wall to keep out “prickly invaders.


The Colors of UsThe Colors of Us – Seven-year-old Lena and her mother observe the variations in the color of their friends’ skin, viewed in terms of foods and things found in nature.


Freedom SummerFreedom Summer – In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is black, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.


Hello My Name is OcticornHello My Name is Octicorn – The octicorn– half octopus and half unicorn– introduces himself and tells readers why, though strange and unique, octicorns make great friends.


June and AugustJune and August – Two animals who share a love of the night sky meet in the daylight and are surprised to discover how different they are.


Let's Talk About RaceLet’s Talk about Race – The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual’s or nation’s “story.”


The Little Bit Scary PeopleThe Little Bit Scary People – Some people are a little bit strange or a little too loud, and just a little bit scary. But I bet, if you knew them, and knew their favorite things, you’d think that maybe, (probably) most people aren’t so scary after all.


Little Sweet PotatoLittle Sweet Potato – A sweet potato, lost and trying to get back home, rolls down the road looking for other vegetable and flower patches, trying to fit in. Told repeatedly he’s lumpy and bumpy and doesn’t belong, Little Sweet Potato finally finds acceptance at the “hodge-podge patch” (a garden).


Looking After LouisLooking After Louis – When a new boy with autism joins their classroom, the children try to understand his world and to include him in theirs.


My Grandma's a NinjaMy Grandma’s a Ninja – When Ethan’s grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she’s a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team’s soccer ball, everyone is upset–including Ethan. Why can’t he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate moves during the championship game, he’s happy that his grandma isn’t ordinary.


The Name JarThe Name Jar – After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.


Once Green AppleOne Green Apple – While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.


The Other BearsThe Other Bears – Mother and Father Koala are suspicious of the ‘other’ bears. They don’t like the panda bears and they don’t trust the polar bears. But their grumpiness melts away as they watch their little Koalas play together with ‘other’ bears.


The Other SideThe Other Side – Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2004-2005, K-3 Nominee.


The Peace BookThe Peace Book – Describes peace as making new friends, sharing a meal, feeling good about yourself, and more.


Some Monsters are DifferentSome Monsters are Different – A warmhearted celebration of individuality describes the many differences found among monsters, from beasts who are picky or will eat anything to creatures who chatter or remain quiet, explaining that all monsters are wonderful just the way they are.


The SneetchesThe Sneetches – The Star-Belly Sneetches think they are the best, and look down upon Sneetches without stars. The Plain-Belly Sneetches remain depressed and oppressed, prohibited from associating with their star-bellied counterparts, until Sylvester McMonkey McBean comes along & begins to give stars to the Plain-Belly Sneetches. The original Star-Belly Sneetches are angry at no longer being different and special, so they get Sylvester to remove all their stars. This continues back and forth until no one can remember which Sneetches were originally what, and an epiphany strikes them all at once: that it really doesn’t matter whether a Sneetch has a star belly or not – they are all really the same, and can coexist and be friends with one another.Shades of People – Explores the many different shades of human skin, and points out that skin is just a covering that does not reveal what someone is like inside.


SplashdanceSplashdance – Ursula, a bear, and Ricardo, a human, are preparing for the water ballet competition. But a new regulation at the community pool–no bears–leaves Ursula cut from the contest. Luckily, she encounters a group of undaunted animal swimmers at a local pond, and Ursula and her new team figure out a way to participate in the competition and make sure everyone is welcome at the pool once and for all.


Strictly No ElephantsStrictly No Elephants – A boy is excluded from joining his friends’ pet club because of his unusual pet.


Tilt Your Head Rosie RedTilt Your Head, Rosie Red – Classmate Fadimata is teased because of her hijab until Rosie a high-energy child who wears a red cape, listens carefully and always tries to see things “from every angle,” finds a way to celebrate Fadimata’s unique head covering, inspiring others to follow suit.


We Came to AmericaWe Came to America – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage.


Who We AreWho We Are – Join Nellie, Gus, baby Jake, and their parents at Funland as they go on rides, watch performers, and play games along with many other children and grown-ups. As they enjoy their excursion, they notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways too. Helps children realize why it’s important to treat others the way they want to be treated whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time.


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


You and Me TogetherYou and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World – From a festival in India to a bus in Germany, from a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.


Yo YesYo! Yes? – Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

 

 

 

Read Right Now! CHRISTMAS

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Read Right Now! Ho Ho Ho Tucker

  • HoHoHoTucker CandlewickSmall Listen to Ho Ho Ho Tucker – Oh, no! Tucker loves Christmas, with all the trimmings — making a snowman for Santa, marking just the right tree, getting into all the boxes of decorations — but somehow he manages to burn his nose while baking cookies on Christmas Eve. When you-know-who spies that bright red nose through the window, however, Tucker makes a very special friend and takes the sleigh ride of a lifetime. Now the tuckered-out terrier is already dreaming of next year!

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Read Right Now! Maisy Makes Gingerbread

  • Maisy Makes Gingerbread FriendMaisy Read Maisy Makes Gingerbread Maisy the mouse makes gingerbread cookies and shares them with her friends Charley and Tallulah.

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Read Right Now! Llama Llama Holiday Drama

  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama PenguinGroup Listen to Llama Llama Holiday Drama – Llama Llama becomes overwhelmed as Christmas preparations progress, until his mother reminds him of the real gift the holiday brings.

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Read Right Now! Schnitzel’s First Christmas

  • SchnitzelFirst icdl Read Schnitzel’s First Christmas – In this holiday frolic with a touching surprise ending, a rambunctious puppy laments that “no one has any time for me” as Christmas approaches; Santa does, however, as he provides the perfect present.

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Read Right Now! The Night Before Christmas


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Free Book App – Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the WayJingle All the Way is a storybook app made by Hallmark to go with their Interactive Story Buddy Collection – plush toy animals that can interact (Jingle barks) with the app as the story is read. The plush toys are not necessary to enjoy the stories – so go ahead and download these free storybook apps (see stories below). Six story apps to keep your child entertained and learning in the car, all the way to Grandma’s house! In Book 1, Jingle All the Way, Jingle waits outside the school each day. When the bell rings, his friends coJingle Opening Screen Shotme out to play! The problem is when dinner time comes his friends each head home. Jingle tries looking for them, but as the sun sets, the school house, and even the toy store where the kids often hang out, are dark and quiet. Tucked into an old sack in an alley trying to stay warm and sleep, Jingle is discovered by a guy in a red suit who knows just how much toys, and pups, need good homes. He knows just what to do to make Jingle’s Christmas wish come true.

The app has good storybook narration. Text appears as the story is read aloud but words do not light up as they are read. Some sentences appear in red and some parts of the illustrations move when you tap on them…these two features are “triggers” for the plush toy. If you don’t have the plush toy you can ignore the red text. Your child can still tap on the illustration to make things move but there is no accompanying sound. You can also choose “Record” to record your own voice reading the story aloud – a great feature for Parents and Grandparents. How fun to open the story and hear a familiar voice!Jingle Text Sample

The app has a “Games” section which includes:

  • A centration style Matching Game
  • A drag the pieces Puzzle with two settings, easy (6 pieces) or hard (12 pieces)
  • A Xylophone you play by tapping your finger on the slats
  • A Christmas tree to decorate by dragging and dropping ornaments

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Jingle Has Friends! More FREE Hallmark Interactive Storybooks:

Hallmark appears to retire stories and introduce new ones. As of today (Dec. 2015) these are the FREE Hallmark Interactive Storybook Apps that are available:

Abigail and the Balance Beam App Abigail and the Balance Beam – The sweet story of an acrobatic bunny who just couldn’t wait to grow up. Little ones will have a blast hearing this story as the narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Abigail™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases from the story, and you can purchase her and the entire collection of books about her adventures in Hallmark stores.
 Bell's Big Move App Icon Bell’s Big Move – Tells the story of Bell™ and her girl, Sofia, who move from the big city to the quiet town of Pineville, where life is a lot less busy. Will their new friends, Jingle and Andrew, help make Pineville feel like home? Little ones will love hearing this story as a narrator reads to them, page by animated page.
 Jingle App Icon Jingle All The Way – The tale of a loveable, obedient pup who wants nothing more than a place to call home for the holidays. Little ones will love hearing this story as a narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Jingle™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases from the story, and you can purchase him and the entire collection of books about his adventures in Hallmark stores.
 Mason's New Friends App Icon Mason’s New Friends – The sweet story of a charming love-worn teddy bear who loves to make new friends. Little ones will have a blast hearing this story as the narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Mason™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases from the story, and you can purchase him and the entire collection of books about his adventures in Hallmark stores.
 Posey and the Princess Castle App Icon Posey and the Princess Castle –  Posey is a creative kitten who loves playing make-believe with her little brother, Cub. But when Cub has his own ideas about who he wants to pretend to be, Posey learns that she’d rather cooperate and let Cub have a say than have everything her way and play by herself.
 Scooby Doo App Icon Scooby Doo Where Are You? – The story of how Shaggy and the gang first came to meet their ol’ pal Scooby-Doo at the Coolsville Pet Adoption Fair. Kids will love hearing this story as the narrator reads to them, page by animated page. The accompanying Scooby-Doo™ Story Buddy stuffed animal will respond to key phrases in the story, and you can purchase him and his entire collection of adventure books in Hallmark stores.

Read Right Now! A Blanket of Snow


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