Book recommendations

Picture books that model empathy

October 31, 2018

Being able to empathise with others is an important life skill and one that begins developing during early childhood. Children’s picture books are a great way for little ones to learn about difference, kindness and understanding – and there are some great titles you can find at your local library. Here’s a few to look out for and borrow.


Whoever You Are
Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub

Jez Alborough

Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes
Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Everywhere Babies
Susan Meyers, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Hello Little Babies
Alison Lester

Bob Staake

Toddlers and pre-schoolers

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz

Paraphernalia’s Present
Diana Lawrenson and Dee Huxley

The Very Cranky Bear
Nick Bland

Night Watch
Phil Cummings, illustrated by Janine Dawson

Phil Cummings, illustrated by Shane Devries

Hugless Douglas
David Melling

Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten
Bob Graham

My Big Shouting Day
Rebecca Patterson

This is Our House
Michael Rosen, illustrated by Bob Graham


Pass It On
Sophie Henn

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