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50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals: Fun and Easy Ways to be a Kind Kid

Ingrid Newkirk

A Family For Faru

Anitha Rao-Robinson

A Hen for Izzy Pippik

Aubrey Davis

A World of Kindness

Editors and Illustrators of Pyjama Press

Addy’s Cup Of Sugar

Jon J Muth

Bee and Me

Alison Jay

Big Bear Hug

Nicholas Oldland

Charlotte’s Web

E.B. White

Each Kindness

Jacqueline Woodson

Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue From Captivity

Rob Laidlaw

Esther the Wonder Pig

Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter

Follow the Moon Home

Philippe Cousteau

Ginger Finds a Home

Charlotte Voake

Greta Thurnberg

Isabel Vegara

Gwen the Rescue Hen

Leslie Crawford

Henrietta and the Golden Eggs

Hanna Johansen

Hey Little Ant

Phillip Hoose, Hannah Hoose

Hunter and His Dog

Brian Wildsmith

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

Susan Verde

I Am One: A Book of Action

Susan Verde

Intersection Allies: we make room for all

Carolyn Choi and Chelsea Johnson

Jake and Ava: A Boy and a Fish

Jonathan Balcombe

June Bug: No Life Too Small

Nicole Daniels

Lost and Found Cat

Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes


Patrick McDonnell

Moon Bear

Brenda Z. Guiberson

No Shelter Here: Making the World A Kinder Place For Dogs

Rob Laidlaw

One Plastic Bag Isatou Ceesay And The Recycling Women Of The Gambia

Miranda Paul

One World

Michael Foreman

Owen & Mzee

Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff

Saving Lives and Changing Hearts: Animal Sanctuaries

Rob Laidlaw

Saving Stella A Dog’s Dramatic Escape from War

Bassel Abou Fakher and Deborah Blumenthal

Saving Yasha The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear

Lia Kvatum

Seeds of Change

Jen Cullerton Johnson

Sonata for Fish and Boy

Milan Pavlovic

Sparrow Girl

Sara Pennypacker

Sprig the Pig

Leslie Crawford

Sprig the Rescue Pig

Leslie Crawford, Sonia Stangl

That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals

Ruby Roth

The Barnabus Project

The Fan Brothers

The Birdman

Veronika Martenova Charles

The Coconut Monk

Thich Nhat Hahn

The Egg

Geraldo Valerio

The Elephant’s New Shoe

Laurel Neme

The Enemy: A Book About Peace

Davide Cali

The Lady and the Spider

Faith McNulty

The Light in Me Sees the Light in You

Lori Nichols

The Little Hummingbird

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

The Magic Finger

Roald Dahl

The Three Questions

Jon J Muth

The Watcher

Jeanette Winter

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Dav Pilkey

V is for Vegan: The ABC’s of Being Kind

Ruby Roth

Vegan is Love Having Heart and Taking Action

Ruby Roth

Watership Down

Richard Adams

We are Water Protectors

Carole Lindstrom


Anthony Browne

Books for Adults

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah

Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It

Roman Krznaric

Girls of Riyadh

Rajaa al-Sanea

Half the Sky

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Inside the Wire

Erik Saar


Francesco D’Adamo


Anthony Swofford

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

Leymah Gbowee

Safe Area Gorazde

Joe Sacco

Selling Olga

Louisa Waugh


Patricia McCormick

The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons For a Kinder Society

Frans De Waal

The Color Purple

Alice Walker

The Merchants of Fear

Christopher Catherwood, Joe DiVanna

The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade

Victor Malarek

The War for Kindness

Jamil Zaki

They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children

Roméo Dallaire

Unfair Trade

Conor Woodman

Videos for Kids

Sesame Street: Empathy

Sesame Street

Mark Ruffalo and Murray talk about the word “Empathy”

AnimalSmart™ Character Development Series – Respect

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

Emerson, spokes-kid for the Ontario SPCA AnimalSmart™ humane education program, talks about about respect for animals – both domesticated and wild – and respect for nature. The program includes activities for children and lesson plans for free:

AnimalSmart™ Character Development Series – Responsibility

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

Emerson, spokes-kid for the AnimalSmart™ humane education program, talks about Responsibility for animals, people and the environment. The program includes activities for children and lesson plans for free:

Videos for Adults

Greta Thunberg’s Message #ForNature

Mercy for Animals

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg partners with Mercy For Animals to speak out about animal agriculture and highlight its connection to the environmental crisis.

Mentions interdependence, impact on humans (e.g. COVID), empathy, and asks “What will you do?” as a call to action

Brené Brown on Empathy

The RSA (Royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce)

Empathy vs sympathy

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.


Farm Transparency Project

Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom. While mainly focusing on animals used for food, it also explores other ways animals are exploited and abused by humans, including clothing, entertainment and research.

Mentions interdependence, impact on humans (e.g. COVID), empathy, and asks “What will you do?” as a call to action

The Turning Point

Steve Cutts

Ths animated short explores the destruction of the environment, climate change and species extinction from a different perspective (animals and humans flipped).

What animals are thinking and feeling, and why it should matter


Carl Safina takes us inside the lives and minds of animals around the world, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought and emotion, showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we discover “who” they really are. And yet, we are wiping out the very animals we should celebrate; we are the flood coming for Noah’s Ark. Carl leaves us with a difficult question: Do we have what it takes to let life on earth survive? [section on empathy]

Grief and love in the animal kingdom


From mourning orcas to distressed elephants, biological anthropologist Barbara J. King has witnessed grief and love across the animal kingdom. In this eye-opening talk, she explains the evidence behind her belief that many animals experience complex emotions, and suggests ways all of us can treat them more ethically — including every time we eat. “Animals don’t grieve exactly like we do, but this doesn’t mean that their grief isn’t real,” she says. “It is real, and it’s searing, and we can see it if we choose.”

Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? Reprise music video by Moby


Updated music video to Moby’s ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?’, reflecting what’s happening to humans animals, and the environment and imaginging a better world

The Neurochemistry Of Empathy, Explained With Claymation

The RSA (Royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce)

Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.

Being with Jane Goodall

NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Jane Goodall opens her heart to animals and tells us why we should, too.


4 Ways To Tap Into The Transformational Power Of Empathy To Find Common Humanity


Three types of empathy and two theories of how we empathize. Includes empathy for animals and the environment.

What, Me Care? Young Are Less Empathetic

Scientific American

A 2011 study finds a decline in empathy among young people in the U.S.

Exploring environmental empathy in action with children’s books (Daniel Holm)

Daniel Holm

This article defines “environmental empathy in action”, and highlights both fiction and nonfiction children’s books where the characters are actively trying to protect the environment. These stories, which contain characters engaged in what is termed environmental empathy in action, provides a springboard for discussing both environmental issues and ways in which people are trying to solve these issues.


Psychology Today

Psychology Today outlines the basics of empathy, including developing empathy, empathy in relationships, and the downsidecof empathy.



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