Children are naturally empathetic and show amazing capacity for wanting to change the world. They also are kids, and sometimes forget that their actions can have consequences. The following books, all released within the last few months, are excellent ways to show kids how they can make a difference, whether that’s kindness on the playground, showing compassion toward those who need our help or passing on a smile. Click through the gallery to get inspired to change the world, one story at a time!

I Am Gandhi

Parents are no doubt already familiar with Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Who Change the World series—early reader books aimed at teaching children about some of the most important people in history. I Am Gandi, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos, takes us back to when Gandhi was a child. "Today, people call me strong...I wasn't always that way." Shy, introverted, and not even a great student, his sense of justice was strong. Eventually, he learned to change the world, in spite of all the obstacles in his way. We promise even parents will learn something new about this great leader, who inspires us with the gentle-but-fierce way he changed the world. Ages: 5-8, $13.18. (Releases Oct. 3)

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Will you read any of these books to your kiddos? What inspires you?

—Amber Guetebier