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Reading Guides: Reading for Empathy

Lists and guides for reading about special topics

Reading for Empathy

"The tricky part about teaching empathy to children is that you can’t really teach it. You can only inspire it. Like its sister words, kindness and compassion, empathy is wakened in the soul. ... If a child can relate to a character or become immersed in a story, she begins to have feelings outside of her own direct realm of experience. The spark of empathy, delivered gently, can then grow." -- R. J. Palacio

Picture books

Middle Grade Fiction

Teen and Adult Books

United Nations International School, Hanoi