Students begin to identify empathy and understand what the characters are feeling. Reading
Here are her suggestions for books that embody that:
Sorted by Title / Author.
BB PIC WILWilliams, Vera B. A chair for my mother. 1st Mulberry ed. New York : Mulberry Books, 1988, c1982.
A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.
PIC WOOWoodson, Jacqueline. Each kindness. New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, c2012.
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
PIC BARBarnett, Mac. Extra yarn. 1st ed. New York : Balzer + Bray, c2012.
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
FAN DICDiCamillo, Kate. Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures. 1st ed. Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2013.
A girl named Flora and a squirrel named Ulysses, whose life was saved by Flora after he was involved in an incident with a vacuum cleaner, team up to use Ulysses' superpowers to conquer villains and protect the weak.
PIC GRAGraham, Bob, 1942-. How to heal a broken wing. 1st U.S. ed. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2008.
When Will finds a bird with a broken wing, he takes it home and cares for it, hoping in time it will be able to return to the sky.
398 PINPinkney, Jerry. The lion & the mouse. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co. Books for Young Readers, 2009.
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
PIC STEStead, Philip Christian. A sick day for Amos McGee. 1st ed. New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2010.
Zookeeper Amos McGee, who is adored by all the animals, gets some unexpected guests while home sick one day.
PIC DONDonaldson, Julia. The spiffiest giant in town. New York : Puffin Books, 2005, c2002.
George the giant, known for wearing his old patched clothes, finally buys new ones, but then gives them away to some needy animals.
PIC BOEBoelts, Maribeth, 1964-. Those shoes. 1st ed. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 2007.
Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.
FIC STEStead, Rebecca. When you reach me. 1st ed. New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2009.
As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.