The Shoes of Another

A New Books, New Readers series



For discussion: What does it mean to be in another person’s shoes? To try to live like them? What does this perspective give us? How does understanding inform empathy, and how does empathy build companionships? Are our best friends the ones that are like us? What about people very different from us— how are those friendships formed? What do they give us?

Session 1: What is it like to be you?

  • Town Mouse and Country Mouse by Sarah Keane
  • Through Grandpa’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Session 2: Opening Doors

  • Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Amos and Boris by William Steig
  • Fabulous World of Mr. Fred by Lili Chartrand

Session 3: Unlikely Friends

  • Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
  • Billy and the Rebel by Deborah Hopkinson