Books About Peace, Kindness, & Empathy

Our children’s librarians thought that compiling a list of picture books about peace, kindness, empathy, and friendship would be very timely. Many children’s books deal with these topics, introducing young readers and listeners to age-appropriate situations that call for compassion, understanding, acceptance, and personal growth. Here are a few of our favorites.

Click on the book title to access our online catalog and reserve a copy. Each catalog listing also includes suggested ages or reading levels, as well as a summary of the book.

The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell & Benjamin Hart, illus by Daniel Wiseman

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen, illus by Kristina Swarner

The Monster Who Lost His Mean by Tiffany Strelitz Haber, illus by Kirstie Edmunds

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz

I Walk with Vanessa: A Story About a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoët

Most People by Michael Leannah, illus by J.E. Morris

Peace Is an Offering by Annette LeBox, illus by Stephanie Graegin

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig, illus by Patrice Barton

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illus by Taeeun Yoo

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus by Jen Hill

If You Plant A Seed by Kadir Nelson

The Peace Book by Todd Parr

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illus by Suzanne Kaufman

The Starkeeper by Faith Pray

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Horton Hears A Who! by Dr. Seuss

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illus by Erin E. Stead

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde, illus by Peter H. Reynolds

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illus by E. B. Lewis

If you would like help finding further information or books about peace, kindness, friendship, or any topic for kids and teens, please call our Children’s Library at 330.653.6658, ext 1020. We look forward to hearing from you!

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