Kindness, compassion and empathy

Help put your child in another person’s shoes with these books that inspire compassion: whether that’s towards animals, friends, or people in very different situations to your own.


Not only will you end up caring about about them all, but you’ll also feel grateful for the simple things you have and the people you love.


So share these books as a family, and let’s spread a little kindness in the world…

  • We Are All Born Free

    by Amnesty International
    Frances Lincoln Children's Books
    The variety of illustrations is a delight, while the content is essential knowledge for children to learn. An unmissable book to read cover to cover or dip into as you please.
  • Girl with a White Dog

    by Anne Booth
    Catnip Publishing
    Jessie is delighted when she finds a beautiful white puppy at Gran's house. But then Gran starts becoming confused, and saying strange things about their new pet.
  • Refuge

    by Anne Booth
    Nosy Crow
    This beautiful book follows Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as they flee into Egypt as refugees. The gorgeous drawings and Booth's sparse, poetic words make this a Christmas book to treasure.
  • Give Me Shelter

    by Edited by Tony Bradman
    Frances Lincoln
    Told through the eyes of children, this moving collection of short stories focuses on the experiences of asylum seekers from all over the world.
  • Red Leaves

    by Sita Brahmachari
    Macmillan Children's Books
    Sita Brahmachari has created a beautiful tale of modern multicultural Britain. Her characters come from diverse backgrounds but are brought together by the common theme - they all feel they have been abandoned by someone they love.
  • The Girl with No Nose

    by Georgia Byng
    Life is tough in Victorian times, the world into which Alice Peasbody is born - and Alice is a girl with no nose. A wonderful, thoughtful book that teaches compassion, celebrates difference and tackles some weighty issues with a gentle...
  • A Library of Lemons

    by Jo Cotterill
    Believable, memorable, charming and moving, fans of Jacqueline Wilson's domestic dramas will enjoy this bittersweet story of a family finding their feet in the next chapter of their lives.
  • Footpath Flowers

    by JonArno Lawson
    Walker Books
    A little girl spreads joy and colour through the grey townscape, when she picks and presents flowers from the pavements to the people and animals she meets. This wordless picture book is a beauty to behold.
  • Gorilla Dawn

    by Gill Lewis
    This book tells the story of Imara, taken as a small child from her village when rebels raid it, and brainwashed into thinking that she has magical powers.
  • Shadow

    by Michael Morpurgo
    HarperCollins Children's Books
    This is a candid exploration of the injustices of war, at home and away, and an unflinching account of the treatment of asylum seekers.
  • Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy

    by Bernadette Russell
    Ivy Press
    This gives children 80 ways to make the world a better place – and have some fun at the same time. Most will long to join the Kindness Club and dish out ‘ninja niceness’ after flicking through the ideas in...
  • I am Malala

    by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick
    Hachette Children's Group
    This is the real life story of one of the most incredible and inspirational young people in the world. Reading this book might just change the way you think and feel.