Books that inspire children to be better friends and allies

These books support social-emotional learning by inspiring children to be more emotionally aware, empathetic and supportive—qualities that will enable them to be better allies for friends and classmates in need.

These books are often written to help young children understand the difference between fairness and unfairness or kindness and unkindness. Some books also teach children what to do if their words or actions cause harm.

As children mature, these books can be used to introduce more complex concepts such as bias, harm and negative stereotypes, as well as the concept of people coming together to support a cause or fight injustice.