Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Classic tale of the Sneetches on beaches with their star-bellies. Kids will bounce between feeling empathy for different kinds of Sneetches, only to see that they all share more than separates them. Develop compassion for those different from you. This tale is always relevant, and children will relate on multiple levels.
Tip: have conversations about feeling left out with kids of all ages and about bias and commercialism with older kids
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Wordlessly, the pictures reveal a unique story. Using their imaginations, children understand and can "tell" the tale. A little boy finds a mysterious device (one that kids today won't recognize, so adults have to explain!). Grandparents will love this. The boy finds images of children from around the world. Kids can imagine what they each are seeing, feeling, and wondering about. Great book for extended conversations!
City Kid and Suburb Kid by Deb Pilutti; illustrated by Linda Bleck
Jack and Adam both figure life is better where their friend lives. Explore the differences and similarities in their homes and daily lives. Appreciate what you and others have. Flip the book over and start again! Helpful for kids who are moving to/from cities/suburbs or visiting family in other places.
Tub People by Pam Conrad; Illustrated by Richard Egielski
How do toys think and feel? Show kids bath time from a toy's perspective. Illustrations are excellent and the whole story is surprisingly realistic for a story featuring animate toys! Story is told from the toys' perspective and the listening child gets to imagine his/her reaction. What about your toys?
Kwik Kwak: Never Give Up by Nikolai Popov
Trade seeing the world from two perspectives: with the proverbial glass "half full" or "half empty." How do you see the world? Teach kids the value of optimism. The adventure teaches perseverance through the lens of two different perspectives!
Tip: discuss how we all feel sometimes like Kwik and sometimes like Kwak