Here's a sampling of my favorite books and products that promote empathy, mindfulness, and inclusiveness.

Empathy

Quiet Rink always sits at the back of the classroom, away from the other children who have heard strange rumors about his family and prefer to keep their distance. But when a kind new girl joins his class, Rink's life begins to change. Inspired by the experiences of her brother, who has autism, Jen Wojtowicz's heartwarming tale encourages children to empathize with and reach out to others.

ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award Finalist
Ages 4 to 10 years
Written by Jen Wojtowicz
Illustrated by Steve Adams

 

Mindfulness

Limber up with this unique, child-friendly yoga book! Created for parents and children to share together, but also suitable for adults and older children to use alone, My Daddy is a Pretzel not only introduces a range of postures, it also connects the practices to everyday life, showing how families can integrate their yoga with their activities in the world. A light-hearted look at yoga, yet one with a lasting message, My Daddy is a Pretzel is a wonderful introduction to yoga for readers of all shapes and sizes.

NAPRA Nautilus Award Finalist
For all ages
Written by Baron Baptiste
Illustrated by Sophie Fatus

 

Diversity & Inclusivity

The Barefoot Book of Children depicts kids of a wide range of shapes, sizes, races, abilities and lifestyles from countries and cultures all over the world. From enjoying special days to trying on silly hats, this book celebrates the big ideas and everyday moments that all children share. A simple narrative with stunning hand-painted illustrations by award-winning Barefoot Books World Atlas artist David Dean invite both small children and independent readers to think about their own experiences while providing a window into the experiences of others. A full 15 pages of educational endnotes explain the detailed illustrations, encouraging meaningful conversations about diversity and inclusion. Older children will be empowered to explore these important issues on their own. An essential addition to every home or classroom library!

Ages 3 to 10 years
Written by Tessa Strickland, Kate Depalma
Illustrated by David Dean