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Hello, Crow!

Category: Books with Resources, Featured Reading, Picture Books

By Candace Savage, 2019

Franny has a new friend—a crow who brings her presents in its beak. Franny’s dad doesn’t believe her that a crow would bring gifts to a human. He doesn’t think that crows and kids can be friends. How will Franny convince her dad that her crow friend is real? And what will the crow bring her next?

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How to Heal a Broken Wing

Category: Books with Resources, Featured Reading, Picture Books

By Bob Graham, 2008

In a city full of hurried people, a young boy notices an injured bird on the ground. With the help of his family, he gently wraps the hurt bird, in a blanket, and takes it home to heal. This uplifting story highlights the power of compassion.

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The War for Kindness: Building empathy in a fractured world

Category: Books for Teachers, Featured Reading

By Jamil Zaki

Jamil Zaki provides an easy to digest understanding of empathy along with detailing the advances in empathy research.  According to the book empathy levels have been declining for decades, however the author notes that empathy isn't a fixed trait, but rather a skill that we can build and grow. Empathy, he argues, is truly necessary to combat some of societies greatest challenges.  The book mixes both research and anecdotes from people who have shown kindness and empathy in challenging circumstances that have led to inspiring outcomes. He interviews a former neo-nazi who is now helping extract people from hate groups, police officers and how they're are changing their culture to decrease violence and NICU nurses who need to balance empathy to avoid burnout. As teachers nurture empathy in their classrooms, these stories can provide great insights.