Empathy Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Empathy Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Empathy Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Empathy Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Empathy Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Empathy Book Companion Lessons & Activities

Empathy Book Companion Lessons & Activities

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Teach kids have empathy, show compassion, and promote perspective taking and kindness in your kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classroom with engaging read-aloud lessons and social-emotional learning activities centered around popular children’s books. Five empathy book companions are included: You, Me & Empathy; Hey, Little Ant; The Buddy Bench; The Invisible Boy; I am Human.

Children will participate in classroom discussions and book chats, share their ideas in writing and engage in fun activities that promote empathy, social awareness, and social skills.

Each book companion includes a detailed lesson plan, guided questions, anchor chart, concept posters, writing responses, and follow-up activities (printable and digital included). Great for whole-group lessons and teaching of social-emotional skills!

5 Empathy Book Companions (Lesson Plan & Activities) Included:

1. You, Me, & Empathy by Jayneen Sanders

This lesson teaches children the meaning of empathy (understanding how others feel and what they need because we have felt the same before).

2. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip & Hannah Hoose

The lesson teaches kids perspective-taking by taking the perspective of the boy or the ant. Kids will learn that it is important to show respect and empathy for all living creatures.

3. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

This lesson teaches kids to recognize what it means to feel invisible and when others may feel this way. They will learn how to include others.

4. The Buddy Bench by Patty Brozo

This lesson helps kids learn ways that they can be a buddy. It will inspire kids to act like a buddy with classmates and use a “Buddy Bench.”

5. I Am Human by Susan Verde

This lesson teaches kids to understand what it means to be human and how we are all alike. They will learn to act with compassion and practice empathy.

Included in this jam-packed SEL Empathy & Social Awareness book companion pack:

  • Lessons and activities that focus on 5 Children’s books related to being empathic, showing compassion and kindness, and being a friend to others
  • Each book companion comes with a detailed lesson plan, book chat cards to guide a discussion, anchor chart, and book response
  • 4 follow-up activities are included for every book (many in digital format)
  • Book companion guide with safe links for easy viewing
  • Google Slides ready for use in Google Classroom
  • Images for use in Seesaw
  • Interactive PowerPoint file of the digital templates for use in your preferred platform

**Check out the detailed PREVIEW for a thorough look into what this resource includes!**


There is a detailed lesson plan for each book with “Book Chat” cards and questions to guide your discussion before, during, and after reading. An interactive anchor chart and writing activity are included that focus on the social-emotional skill presented in the book and encourage children to express their thinking. This is an excellent way to incorporate social-emotional learning into your ELA block each week!


Each book comes with 4 follow-up activities to build upon the book’s social-emotional lesson. A fun variety of activities are included for independent, partner, and small group use. These high-interest activities are a great way to extend the book’s discussion and build the social-emotional skills kids need!


Book companions come with a digital anchor chart or interactive poster slides, writing template, and additional digital activities. These are ready in Google Slides™ for use in Google Classroom™. You will be provided with instructions on how to access and a link to create a copy. The digital pages are great for use during remote teaching, distance learning, and in a one-to-one classroom!

Why You Need This Book Companion Resource:

♥ The children’s books in this book companion resource have been carefully chosen as they cover the most important topics that we often do not have time to teach (SEL ones).

♥ It provides an opportunity to have meaningful discussions and use impactful activities that build important social and emotional skills a child needs. Children need to build their emotional awareness and these lessons and activities will guide them there!

♥ Since you are using literature to teach, you are covering important English Language Arts standards and building children’s literacy skills.

♥ It provides a TON of variety for each book, keeping things fresh and engaging for kids!

♥ As it includes printable and digital activities, this resource is great for use during distance learning, homeschooling, and in one-to-one classrooms.

Suggestions on How to Use:

  • Each lesson starts with a book chat that continues during and after reading a book. There are questions included to guide your discussion.
  • There is an anchor chart idea provided to enhance the book’s lesson.
  • A follow-up writing activity can be used to extend the discussion.
  • There are 4 activities for each children’s book. Some include digital options.
  • I suggest reading 1 book per week and doing the lesson. Use the extra activities to reinforce the topic covered in the story throughout the week.
  • Differentiated templates included. Please choose what fits best with your student's abilities and needs.
  • The lessons and activities work great for after morning meetings or end of the day lessons, school counselors and classroom teachers, and children in K-2.

Don’t own a copy of a book? No problem! Safe links to video recordings of books being read aloud are included, as well as a book list of more books to use during your lessons.

Looking to build more SEL into your week?
Try the BEST-SELLING SEL resources available for K-2 & 3-5 that each contain a year’s worth of lessons and activities.
♥♥mind+heart Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for K-2♥♥

Check out the other SEL units for K-2:
Emotions & Feelings
Self-Regulation & Self-Control
Growth Mindset
Relationships & Friendship
Empathy & Social Awareness
Kindness & Bucket Filling
Respect & Gratitude
Responsibility, Goal Setting, & Conflict Resolution

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