Books and Resources


Mary Gordon, Founder/President, Roots of Empathy, has written and published three children's books, which are available for sale through the Roots of Empathy website, and support the Roots of Empathy organization.

faces_front_coverFaces of Tomorrow is a popular board book for parents, babies, and preschool children. The 20-page book contains beautiful full-colour portraits of babies from diverse backgrounds, accompanied by text in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Punjabi, and Chinese). "The words in the book are for parents - they are words of encouragement and admiration," says Gordon.


Faces of Time book coverFaces of Time is the second in our ‘Faces’ series, preceded by Faces of Tomorrow, with full-colour portraits of babies from Indigenous backgrounds, accompanied by text in English, Cree Syllabics, Inuktitut, Mohawk and Ojibway.

Faces_of_Four_cover_for_webFaces of Four is the third in our ‘Faces’ series, featuring full-colour portraits of the babies originally featured in the Faces of Tomorrow book, now four years old. The photos are accompanied by text expressing the children's perspectives on being four.

DanielsDayCover_EN_loresDaniel's Day is a children's story book for parents and for children 3 to 8 years old. In Daniel's Day, the introduction to this book gives parents unique insights into the emotional life of a five-year-old child and the importance of the ebb and flow of relationships in families. A tin mirror at the back of the book invites reflection on feelings from both the adult and child reader in a playful way. It is available in English and French.

Wise Love is a book about the centrality of love in the family and the strength of connection between generations. Wise Love celebrates Elders as keepers and givers of wisdom and culture.




Maria's shoesMaria's Shoes
is a true and timeless story from a Roots of Empathy classroom that shows how we are all capable of standing up against injustice and helping people feel less alone.




All proceeds from the sale of these books are reinvested into the Roots of Empathy organization to support its Roots of Empathy and Seeds of Empathy programs.




The Early Years: The Precious Years Series

This series is typically group ordered as a school-readiness educational booklets and posters. Distributed through municipalities, agencies, school districts, and educational development conferences.


The Early Years: The Precious Years, covering the themes such as Image, Include, Love, Protect, Read, and more, inspiring readers to make children’s issues a priority in society. The celebratory tone engages all facets of society to support school readiness for all children. The particularly positive impact that families have is highlighted as they are indeed children’s first and lifelong teachers.


Optimal contexts and approaches to the early years shift focus from instruction and letters learning to the power of the relationship as a vehicle for learning and imagination.

The Early Years: The Precious Years - Booklet


  • Booklet is 8.5 x 5.5 inches
  • 16 full-colour pages on high-quality glossy paper
  • Pricing starting as low as 50 cents per copy
  • Any booklet order over 100 will receive a free set of posters
  • For orders of 1,000 or more, we can imprint the booklet with your logo at no extra charge
  • Taxes and shipping are extra
  • Download the order form here pdficon_small

The Early Years: The Precious Years - Poster Series

Poster Series

  • Set of five posters - 12 x 18 inches each
  • Full colour on glossy paper
  • Pricing starts as low as $12.50 for the set
  • For orders of 1,000 sets or more, we can imprint the posters with your logo at no extra charge
  • Taxes and shipping are extra
  • Download the order form here pdficon_small







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