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7 books that inspire empathy in children


Empathy is the ability to understand and experience the feelings of others, and to respond in helpful ways. It’s one of the most important life skills that parents can teach their children.

You may be surprised to learn that empathy isn’t an inborn trait, but rather one that must be learned – preferably during early childhood.

But it can be difficult to explain empathy to a child. Reading books with your child can make it easier.

As this Wall Street Journal article explains, reading fiction, although enjoyable on its own, can also increase our sensitively to others. In other words, it can help us become more empathetic.

Here are 7 children’s books written by authors from around the world, and available in Worldreader’s library, which can inspire empathy.

1. Why Is Nita Upside Down?

By Emma Hearne, Roxana Bouwer, Sarah Bouwer