Developing Empathy Through Picture Books

Donna Cangelosi
Chana Stiefel

Common Core, Booktalks/Best New Books


Learn how picture books can help students develop empathy and process their emotions in a safe and healthy environment. Using various examples from children's literature, authors Chana Stiefel and Donna Cangelosi will demonstrate how reading books about empathy encourages self awareness and self acceptance (which leads to accepting others), promotes curiosity about strangers, helps children discover commonalities and tune into how other people feel, fosters kindness, and challenges prejudice to promote inclusion. The presenters will discuss the importance of using diverse picture books, some on difficult topics, to introduce and explore empathy with students.