November Character Education Resource Lists: Spotlight on Empathy

November 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Submitted by one of fabulous librarians, Natalie C:

The TDSB Professional Library has created an updated resource list of JK-12 fiction and multimedia materials supporting the November Character Education trait: Empathy!

The full list is available through the Professional Library AW Character Education List forum. Current and archived lists are also available through the Google Drive: *note: you must be logged in to your TDSB Google Account to view.

Here are some highlights:

Elementary Titles

  • 🍁 A Year of Borrowed Men by M. Barker: Despite their inherent differences, a young German girl growing up during WWII finds common ground with the three French prisoners of war that come to live on her family’s farm.
  • 🍁 That Squeak by C. Beck: When Joe’s friend Jay dies, Joe feels like no one will understand — until he meets Carlos.

Intermediate Titles

  • 🍁 Missing Nimama by M. Florence: Bringing attention to the many missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, this  book tells the story of Kateri who grows up without her mother.
  • 🍁 Bittersweet by W. Mack: When Sam is diagnosed with diabetes, her friends shun her, unsure how to act. Instead of giving up, Sam teaches them about diabetes and lets them know that she won’t be defined by her condition.

Young Adult Titles

  • 🍁 The Emperor of Any Place by T. Wynne-Jones: When Evan’s father dies, his grandfather, Griff comes to settle his son’s affairs and both men learn to deal with their grief.
  • 🍁 Detached by C. Kilbourne: When Christina attempts suicide, her friends try to understand how she feels.

These resource lists are produced to support teacher-librarians and teachers as they deliver instruction regarding the Character Education initiative and may be appropriate for read-alouds, literature circles, library displays, and more.

Please note the following points:

  • These are selected resources based on favourable literature reviews;
  • The Professional Library may own some of the listed books; teachers should also check their school libraries or local public libraries for availability;
  • Teachers should preview the books for appropriateness before instructional use or recommending them to students.
  • Related media resources are selected from TDSB Teaching Resources and the TDSB Virtual Library.

These links are available in TDSB digital spaces only.  For more information, contact us at (416) 395-8289 or

For assistance with logging in to your TDSB Google account, please visit

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