Top 10 Empathy Books of All time

 

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It involves the understanding of a situation somebody goes through by putting oneself in another’s position. Empathy involves self-awareness, as well as the distinction between self and the other.

Empathy is important because it helps one understand how the other person is feeling so that one can respond appropriately to the situation.

 

To Kill A Mockingbird

Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, in Maycomb. Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression, but Atticus is a prominent lawyer, and the family is quite well off in comparison to the rest of society.

Read it For:
Atticus Finch is an ideal father and a great character. Lee has paid great attention to creating her characters.
Don't Read it For:
The book moves very slowly in the beginning and can take a long time for readers to get gripped onto it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a compassionate, dramatic and deeply moving story that takes readers on a wonderful journey of love and kindness.

Wonder

Auggie is born with a facial deformity which is why he couldn’t go to a normal school. He is about to join a school for his grade 5 class, and he needs to convince his peers that he is just like them.

Read it For:
Palacio has written a warm and uplifting story that has beautiful family interactions.
Don't Read it For:
The multiple points of view can be a little distracting
What makes this book stand out?:
Even though it was written for younger readers, this book can be read by even adults as it spreads an important message of love and kindness.

Mockingbird

Caitlyn’s brother who often explained the meaning of a lot of things in the world is dead, and her dad is of no help at all. She is an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s Syndrome. She reads the definition of closure, and she realizes that it is what she needs.

Read it For:
Caitlyn has been written in a very thoughtful way, and the intense plot puts her in a situation above and beyond everyday life.
Don't Read it For:
The book starts a little slowly and it takes a few pages for the reader to get fully engrossed in it.
What makes this book stand out?:
Erskine has written about a character with Asperger’s in a very refreshing and realistic way.

Those Shoes

Jeremy wants a pair of shoes very badly. His grandmother tells him that he can only get the things he needs and not what he wants. He realizes that the old hand-me-down boots he has and his grandma’s love along with a chance to help his friend is everything he needs.

Read it For:
The book shows diversity, giving and friendship as its main elements.
Don't Read it For:
The author could have written the book more interestingly to capture the attention of the readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book gives lessons of selflessness and appreciation of things one already has to young readers.
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The Invisible Boy

Brian feels like he is invisible to all the other students until Justin joins his school. They become good friends, and Brian finds a way to shine.

Read it For:
This story shows how small acts of kindness can make humans feel included and give them enough encouragement to grow.
Don't Read it For:
Characters other than Brian and Justin are forgettable.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a poignant story of a child who feels left out. This is the case in many schools. Children like Brian with curious and beautiful minds must express themselves truly.

Counting by 7s

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old girl who loves nature and diagnosing medical conditions. She finds comfort in counting by 7s. Her world crashes when her adoptive parents die in a car crash. The child manages to survive through it all and live.

Read it For:
The characters are interesting and very well-drawn.
Don't Read it For:
The book starts with a flashback that lasts for about fifty pages which can be distracting.
What makes this book stand out?:
This heartbreaking story is filled with love, laughter, hope, and light.

Save Me a Seat

Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he tries hard to fit in. Joe and Ravi don’t have anything in common except for a common enemy.

Read it For:
It is a very short and memorable read with likable characters
Don't Read it For:
The story is very predictable.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a relatable school story with clearly defined issues and characters.

Red: A Crayon’s Story

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as red suffers an identity crisis and is miserable until he finds a friend who teaches him to be true to his inner self and embrace it!

Read it For:
It is a beautiful story about acceptance and love.
Don't Read it For:
There isn’t anything I can find wrong in it. Please read this book.
What makes this book stand out?:
This story shows us how important it is to be with encouraging friends and family. It also feels like it is written for children struggling with gender identity. The author wants to let people with issues know that they’ve got to be themselves and that nothing else matters more than that.

Rules

Catherine has a brother who has autism, and she is longing to have a “normal” life which she cannot because everything revolves around her brother’s disability. She meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi. She realizes that normal is what you make it feel like.

Read it For:
This is a quick read and Lord has written the book in a very realistic way.
Don't Read it For:
The author’s style of writing in the first few pages is tedious.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a beautiful and touching story about a family with an autistic child. It isn’t a sad story; it is just the truth.

Wishtree

Red is the wish tree of the neighbourhood- everyone writes their wishes on pieces of cloth and hangs them on her branches. Red and her friends watch over the neighbourhood. A new family moves in, and they are anything but welcoming.

Read it For:
The story is unique and real with memorable characters and a great plot.
Don't Read it For:
This is a very slow book.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a poetic story which is narrated by a tree who philosophizes about life.

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