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Learning Empathy Through Literature

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Literature is a fun way to teach kids empathy. Books like Wonder by R.J. Palacio and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling bring children (and adults) into different worlds. They provide a glimpse of what it's like stepping into someone else's shoes, which is at the core of experiencing empathy.

Based on the popularity of precepts from Wonder, we thought it would be fun to showcase other quotes from books that have inspired empathy, acceptance, and inclusion. One teacher suggested "Dumbledore's Precepts" as a fun way to engage conversations with students who are reading The Harry Potter Series. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan and have lots of highlighted quotes from the books. I enjoy reflecting on writing that pushes me to think differently and encourages self-reflection. Here's a couple of my favorites from Professor Dumbledore.

Share your favorite quotes about empathy, inclusion, and acceptance. What books are you reading to encourage inclusion? Let us know in the comments below.

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