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Themed picture book & fiction lists

Themed lists of picture books, junior fiction and young adult books held in our curriculum collections

Empathy and kindness picture books


  • A selection of titles recommended by the Education Library team for use in coursework, for school placement, and for recommendation to readers. These titles are available for loan from the Giblin Eunson Library.
  • This booklist provides narrative fiction examples that explore key societal issues and diverse life experiences to support the development of empathetic skills. These sensitive titles can serve as a springboard for perspective-taking and prompt discussions about emotions and issues such as loneliness, loss, homelessness, mental illness, and disability.
  • Use the Library catalogue link to view if the book is available for borrowing and to access more information. Scroll down the catalogue page, to view integrated resources including, a summary/synopsis of the book, author biographies, and access to book reviews. 
  • Looking for digital picture books? Explore our subscription to Story box library. Filter by theme: “social and emotional learning” to access a range of titles.

List updated: 10/08/2023


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