Children's Books, Parenting

Empathy Airlines Children’s Book Teaches Children to Combat Prejudice

Empathy Airlines Children's Book Teaches Children to Combat Prejudice

Children’s Book Teaches Children to Combat Prejudice

Empathy Airlines is the second book in the Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope children’s series. Where book 1 also taught children about empathy, book 2 Jelly Beans and Hope explore what originally brought them together and brings a new element of listening with compassion.

Empathy Airlines is a game that the 2 played to work to learn each other’s languages. She had a compassionate experience when she lost her Mother and traveled to Africa and wanted to share her story. They use play and communication to teach and interact with other children and to learn more about each other. It adds a simple touch about how we can combat prejudice no matter what species you are or your talents and looks.

Along the way they help another injured Cheetah and also get scared when they encounter an angry Elephant Mother with her baby. They have to assure her they mean no harm.

While playing their Airlines Empathy game with all the children they created a song that is meant to relay that all people and animals have value and encourages loving each other, empathy, combat prejudice, kindness and a world of seeing.

You can buy Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope and Empathy Airlines by visiting their website and also at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Children's Books, Kids, Parenting

Big Heart Feels (Small Voice Says) – Children’s Book Teaches Empathy

Big Heart Feels (Small Voice Says) by Mike and Mackenzie Morrison

Have you ever said to your child, “Honey, you need to put yourself into (their) shoes…”? Depending on their age that is a hard question to swallow as if you just asked them if they wore someone else’s shoes, literally. Empathy is actually a hard concept at a young age to understand and explain because empathy is needed in so many different ways and situations.

When young children are naturally motivated in a selfish way, getting them to see another’s point of view is a big lesson. I think we forget how big it is for them and we feel frustrated when our child seems ‘too selfish’ or ‘not caring’. Books are the best tools we have and as they can be on a subject that teaches empathy or kindness they allow us to start healthy conversations also. This book is a great tool to start a conversation about thinking of others before yourself.

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Big Heart Fells teaches empathy

Big Heart Feels (Small Voice Says) – Children’s Book Teaches Empathy

Big Heart Feels is a children’s book that teaches empathy in such a way that it helps you teach your child to step into someone else’s shoes and see their point of view.

In this story Angela learns to see 3 different points of view in her own home, a friend at a birthday party and in her classroom. She sees someone struggling, tries to comfort them and help them not feel so alone in their struggles by either practicing patience, kindness and care.

When you read a ‘big lesson’ like Big Heart Feels and it has such a colorful cover then it becomes shelf worthy while it teaches empathy. Read this book and make it the front book shelf cover so your child sees it each time they enter their space as a reminder to practice empathy. Buy this book on Amazon!

If you like Big Heart Feels, make sure to visit my children’s book review from the same Authors, Small Voice Says!

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Children’s Books about Culture, Differences, Standing Up for Others

Children's Books about Culture, Differences, Standing Up for Others

Children’s Books about Culture, Differences, Standing Up for Others are topics we need to share with our children…yesterday! Talking with kids about cultural awareness and using their voice is tough. We want to talk in a way they understand or they don’t retain what they hear and remember some points down the road if it was too much, too little or even too informative. Perhaps we can leave the conversation starters to Authors, many of which are Teachers, Counselors and Speakers that know how to guide us in these conversations within stories and illustrations.

Books are the greatest tools we have as parents to teach subjects and topics with our children and these titles below, specifically, help us start the conversation about culture, differences and even when and how to use our voice to stand up for others.

I have reviewed many books and I have reached out to the Publishers and Authors I know to help me put such a list together. I didn’t want to wait until these books make it to me and communication can happen between myself and publishers so I started my list below with books you have already seen me discuss but now I bring them forward again.

I will update this list EVERY time I come across a title within this topic that I feel will help you start these important conversations. Make sure you follow my socials (buttons are in my header) and bookmark this page so you are updated when I suggest a new title. I will announce for you every time a new title is added.

I will work hard to find the books that you need to have the conversations of being a kind human to all! If you like this list, be sure to hit the Rating button at the end of this post! Some affiliate links may be within.

Now at over 20 titles….

Guion the Lion

Topic: Appreciating differences and embracing others’ ideas

Author: Rebecca Wilson Macsovits, Mom of a son with Down Syndrome

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The Big Buna Bash

Topic: Inspire cultural pride in kids who might feel that they don’t fit in because of their differences.  

Author: Sara C. Arnold, immigrated to Israel in 1981, and teaches English in Jerusalem.

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PJ Library Books

Topic: Access to books about Jewish Culture/Holidays

Author: Various within the Jewish culture

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Get Up, Stand Up

Topic: A message of empowerment and unity, also anti-bullying

Author: Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley, Musician-more books like this at the link below!

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We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changes the World

Topic: For Teens. An inspiring call to action, a reminder that true power ultimately rests in our hands. 

Author: Todd Hasak-Lowy, a professor of creative writing and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Backpack

Topic: Treating others how we wish to be treated. It’s what’s on the inside, not judging the outside

Author: Lindsay C Barry, a  Momtrepreneur

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We’re Different, We’re the Same

Topic: It’s a classic, but a favorite! help teach toddlers and the adults in their lives that everyone is the same on the inside

Author: Bobbi Kates, a writer for Sesame Street books

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The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story

Topic: Immigration and teaching others to be more open-minded.

Author: Aya Khalil, freelance journalist and educator who  immigrated to the U.S. from Egypt

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Ten Little Bears

Topic: spirited book that celebrates Native American traditions as it teaches young children to count from one to ten. Chronicle Books

Author: Virginia Grossman, a resident of Washington State

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What Can A Citizen Do?

Topic: This is a book about what citizenship—good citizenship—means to you, and to us all Chronicle Books

Author: Dave Eggers, the cofounder of: Voice of Witness, an oral-history series focused on human rights….

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The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Topic: Gentle tribute to the legend of the pathbreaking African-American sprinter Wilma Rudolph, Chronicle Books

Author: Pat Zietlow Miller, New York Times bestselling of BE KIND, children’s Author

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The Other Half of Happy

Topic: For Tweens, realistic view of the struggles and insecurities—as well as the beauty—that comes from being bicultural. Chronicle Books

Author: Rebecca Balcarcel, received the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared in journals 

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This Is How We Do It

Topic: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World

Author: Matt Lamothe, Illustrator and Animator from Chicago

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Hats of Faith

Topic: inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world.

Author: Medeia Cohan, a gallery curator and an entrepreneur

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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns

Topic: captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. Chronicle Books

Author: Hena Khan, a Pakistani-American who enjoys writing about her culture

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Topic: portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. 

Author: Patricia Hruby Powell, won a Sibert Honor for Nonfiction, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and five starred reviews. She lives in Illinois.

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One is a Pinata

Topic: One of this Author’s Latino culture-inspired children’s books.

Author: John Parra,  award-winning illustrator, designer, teacher, and fine art painter. His children’s books have earned numerous awards

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Papa Do You Love Me?

Topic: captures the universal love between a father and child. Set in Africa and featuring the Maasai culture

Author: Barbara M Joosse, visited schools in Kenya and Uganda in 1997, and the Maasai and their tenderness toward their children planted a seed in her heart that grew into the idea for this book.

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Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes

Topic: cleverly uses a concept book to celebrate Chinese culture

Author: Roseanne Thong, taught English in many places: California, Guatemala, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

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Peace, Baby!

Topic: A frustrating day may feel overwhelming, but everyone wins with Peace, Baby!

Author: Linda Ashman, her children’s books have been named to the “best of the year” lists of the New York Times, Parenting Magazine, and more

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Soldier For Equality

Topic: incredible story of one man’s fight for Mexican-American civil rights, from award-winning picture book 

Author: Duncan Tonatiuh, born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. His books have received many awards over the years. 

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All Are Welcome

Topic: welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids

Author: Alexander Penfold, author, illustrator, and animator. Over the years she’s done everything from animating special effects for Universal Television and the Discovery Channel 

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The Promise For Change

Topic: For Tweens, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee in 1956

Author: Debbie Levy, bachelor’s degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and a law degree and master’s degree in world politics from the University of Michigan. 

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The Moment of Lift

Topic: For Teens, How empowering women changes the world, New York Times Bestseller

Author: Melinda Gates, philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls.

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