Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for them, though it can lead to those emotions. Empathy, rather, is a starting point for understanding both ourselves and other people from the inside out.
In “How To Teach Empathy,” Terry Heick said that “empathy is both a cause and effect of understanding, a kind of cognitive and emotional double helix that can create a bridge between classroom learning and ‘real life’ application.”
Since storytelling is such a powerful tool to communicate the human condition, TeachThought have created a list of 30 stories that do exactly that.
Each of the following books in the collection were selected for the ability to provide an especially apt demonstration of, or opportunity to learn, empathy.
See the full list here: 30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought