Books and Movies That Teach Compassion and Kindness

A resource list of children’s books and movies that teach or emphasize qualities such as compassion, empathy, kindness, friendship and sacrifice, divided by age groups from preschool, elementary school, middle and high school.


We all know by now that there’s more to raising kids than reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. Research has shown that qualities such as kindness, empathy, friendship, sacrifice and compassion are the ones that truly dictate not only how well our children succeed but, even more importantly, how happy they are.


Kids today are bombarded by media opportunities and access everywhere they look. But is the media they use really helping them? We’ve crafted a Media Guide of compassion- and empathy-building books and movies that expose kids to the lessons really worth learning.