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This novel by Christopher Waking is right up there amongst my empathic favourites.
With touching detail, Shaun Tan's picture book tells the story of a migrant family, seeking refuge and asylum in a strange new city. By depicting this new city as an alienating, science-fiction world, Tan performs a neat trick on our empathy glands.
The Gruffalo is a modern classic, and rightly so. Its impulsive rhythm makes it a great read aloud even for very young children - my twins were gripped by it when they were one.
A penguin turns up on a boy's doorstep, looking sad. Thinking it must be lost, the boy takes the penguin back to the South Pole - only to realise that it wasn't lost, it was lonely.
Let your child learn how to empathise with a biscuit. This is the story of a little bear-shaped biscuit who escapes into the kitchen in the middle of the night and bakes himself a circusful of friends.
Fix It Duck is an over enthusiatic DIY handy man, keen to help out his friends even when they dont want his help. He is quite lacking in empathy - so not a good teacher on that front.
Ben is given a toy penguin. Despite all Ben's efforts to make friends with his gift, Penguin says nothing and appears characterless. But the shocking behaviour of a passing lion prompts Penguin to show his true colours, and his love for Ben.
Martha the dog eats alphabet spaghetti and starts to talk - offering her every thought to her delighted, then exasperated, family. It's a funny journey into a dog's mind and how she sees the world.
Mr Big is a gorilla whose size terrifies everyone he encounters - leaving him deeply alone and lonely.
Shota is a young Lakota girl who lives in a contemporary American city.