Little ones are adorable although self-absorbed. They don’t automatically understand the feelings of others. Books can open their hearts to understanding feelings and building compassion for others hat can increase as they grow and continue reading.
For young children
Read a book about feelings and talk about the expressions in the pictures. Try to mimic the facial expressions. Talk about times the child has had a similar experience r feeling.
Preschoolers and early elementary ages
Children start engaging in stories and can begin to identify with a character. Chat about a character in a book. Ask how your child thinks the character feels and why. Do they know what the character believes? What are the problems and solutions?
It’s great for children who read fluently to read books like Helen Keller and the story of Louis Braille. They can discover how people overcame struggles and handicaps. It’s also good to read books that reflect diversity, different regions of the US, and different circumstances. These provide opportunities for children to broaden their viewpoint and understand differences as well as similar struggles.It’s good to read some of the books together and discuss the emotional aspects.
Books provide lots of material for conversations and open minds to understanding people, cultures, and emotions.