Walk a Mile: A Challenge in Empathy ~ by Paige Henderson

A WFS Faculty Blog post by Paige Henderson (4th Grade Teacher)
Published Thursday, January 27, 2022

 

With MLK Day happening this past month, I wanted to share an activity that can help connect students to the work of Dr. King. The activity is called, Walk a Mile: A Challenge in Empathy. 

This challenge includes a compilation of picture books that help children of all ages see the world through the eyes of those who may be different from them – different religions, different cultures, different ways of celebrating, different physical abilities, different family structures, different financial situations, different ways of thinking, and different ways of living. Sharing books that encourage empathy is a great way to connect with Westfeld’s mission to  “Find Power and Wisdom in our Differences.” By empathizing with others, these books can allow us to see the world beyond our own narrow scope and be better prepared to be an ally to those who may be facing oppression or standing up to injustice. As they read the books they can shade in the spots on the footprints until they are completely shaded.

As I have said before, sharing stories with Westfield students is one of my favorite things I get to do as a teacher, and I am grateful I can pass along some more titles that help build a world that we seek for children. 

Click on this image to download and print this reading challenge.

Walk A Mile Printout

Many of these titles are available in Westfield Friends School library for students in grades PreK-2nd grade. All are readily available in you local public library.
In My Mosque by M.O. Yuksel
In My Mosque
by M.O. Yuksel
The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churmin
The William Hoy Story
by Nancy Churnin
The Color Collector by Nicholas
The Color Collector
by Nicholas Solis
Ten Beautiful Things by Molly Beth Griffin
Ten Beautiful Things
by Molly Beth Griffin
Milo Imagines the World by Matt De La Pena
Milo Imagines the World
by Matt De La Pena
Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris
Ambitious Girl
by Meena Harris
What Happened to You by James Catchpole
What Happened to You
by James Catchpole
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
All Because You Matter
by Tami Charles
The Proudest Blue by Ibitihaj Muhammad
The Proudest Blue
by Ibtihaj Muhammad
The Cat Man of Aleppo by Karim Shamsi-Basha, Irene Latham
The Cat Man of Aleppo
by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha
I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith
I Talk Like a River
by Jordan Scott and Sydney Smith
Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Your Name Is a Song
by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
Uncle Bobby's Wedding
by Sarah S. Brannen
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
by Joanna Ho
Boys Dance! by John Robert Allman
Boys Dance!
by John Robert Allman
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña
Those Shoes by Meribeth Boelts
Those Shoes
by Meribeth Boelts
All the Way to the Top by Annette Bay Pimentel
All the Way to the Top
by Annette Bay Pimentel
Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Overground Railroad
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson

I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët
I Walk with Vanessa
by Kerascoët
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Julián Is a Mermaid
by Jessica Love
Don't Hug Doug by Carrie Finison
Don't Hug Doug
by Carrie Finison
Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
Under My Hijab
by Hena Khan
A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts
A Piece of Home
by Jeri Watts
Watch Me by Doyin Richards
Watch Me
by Doyin Richards
The Girl who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca
The Girl who Thought in Pictures
by Julia Finley Mosca
Honeysmoke by Monique Fields
Honeysmoke
by Monique Fields
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam Schiffer
Stella Brings the Family
by Miriam Schiffer
Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin
Not Quite Snow White
by Ashley Franklin
Awesomely Emma by Amy Webb
Awesomely Emma
by Amy Webb
Don't Touch My Hair! by Sharee Miller
Don't Touch My Hair!
by Sharee Miller
Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton
Coat of Many Colors
by Dolly Parton
Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
Lailah’s Lunchbox
by Reem Faruqi
The Water Princess by Susan Verde
The Water Princess
by Susan Verde
Laxmi's Mooch by Shelly Anand
Laxmi's Mooch
by Shelly Anand
The Sandwich Swap by Kelly DiPucchio and Rania Al Abdullah
The Sandwich Swap
by Kelly DiPucchio and Rania Al Abdullah
Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley
Mary Wears What She Wants
by Keith Negley
Abigail the Whale by Davide Cali
Abigail the Whale
by Davide Cali
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
My Name is Yoon
by Helen Recorvits