Moms

6 books that help preschoolers understand empathy

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Common Sense Media

(TNS)

Getty Images/iStockphoto

Teaching kids empathy is one of the most important jobs of being a parent. These great books for preschoolers help make it easier by celebrating friendship, difference, and the importance of caring for one another.

"Bully," by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Simple animal tale of bullying, empathy, and forgiveness.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Roaring Brook Press, 2013

"Good News Bad News," by Jeff Mack

Spare story of ups and downs great for toddlers, preschoolers.

Recommended for ages 3 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Chronicle Books, 2012

"Little Elliot, Big Fun," by Mike Curato

Friendship soothes fears in charming amusement park tale.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Henry Holt & Company, Inc., 2016

"First Grade Dropout," by Audrey Vernick

Boy burns with embarrassment in hilarious, relatable tale.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Clarion Books, 2015

"Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla," by Katherine Applegate

Poignant, sensitive story of captive gorilla builds empathy.

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 5 out of 5

Clarion Books, 2014

"Otis and the Scarecrow," by Loren Long

Recommended for ages 4 and older

Quality: 3 out of 5

Tractor reaches out to silent friend in tale of empathy.

Philomel, 2014

___

Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization offering unbiased ratings and trusted advice to help families make smart media and technology choices. Check out our ratings and recommendations at www.commonsense.org (c)2016 Common Sense Media Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

  Comments