Inspiring Empathy, Building Literacy

What is AnimalTales?

AnimalTales is a FREE book lending program created for Alberta Elementary teachers who want to foster empathy, respect and a sense of responsibility for animals, people and the environment. Through cross-curricular activities, a variety of concepts are addressed including caring for animals, people and the environment, developing positive relationships, communication and conflict resolution, responding to bullying and understanding and appreciating differences. 


Each grade specific AnimalTales package contains:

  • Four books
  • Teacher’s Guide (tied to the Alberta Program of Studies) that includes Discussion Questions, Pre & Post-Reading Activities
  • Student activity sheets
  • Group activity material
  • Online resources

The package is delivered to the school and Teachers will have approximately four weeks to use the materials

Teachers who complete AnimalTales will have their class added to our Kindness Map and will receive a class set of bookmarks!

Grade Level Descriptions

Click on a grade below to see what is all included in each package

AnimalTale Online Resources

Here you will find online resources that compliment each book in the package; Smart Board activities, activity sheets, videos, podcasts, etc…

How can stories promote empathy and compassion?

The Alberta SPCA commissioned a study to learn more about range and nature of the effectiveness of the AnimalTales program. Here are the Key Findings, or download the full report.

Learn more about literature and character building and how AnimalTales can help!

"I always tell teachers how awesome the program is for promoting empathy. I always make sure they know how convenient the program is and that it is aligned with the curriculum." - Grade 3 teacher, Edmonton
"Creating empathy and kindness toward all living things is so important. Beginning conversations about these topics when children are young is key. This program offers an easy way to launch such a study and then do a build on so the learning continues on through the rest of your year." - Kindergarten teacher, Edmonton
"The program helped my students not only showcase and experience empathy, but it also helped them show responsibility and leadership." - Grade 5, Edmonton
"The materials are well organizes, easy to use, and there are options to pick and choose what works best with each class!" - Kindergarten teacher, La Crete
"Great content, easy to use, planning is done for you, and kids were engaged!" - Grade 3, Wainwright
"[AnimalTales is] well laid out and was a great cross curricular resources." - Grade 1, Heinsburg