“Scientific research shows that reading builds empathy. So let’s use stories to help the rising generation develop superb empathy skills, and build a better world. It’s our best hope for the future.”
… and with that wonderful intention the 2020 #ReadforEmpathy Book Collections from Empathy Lab have been announced today. They feature 50 superb books (33 for 4-11 year olds and 17 for 12-16 year olds) aimed at achieving just that – empathy in young people.
The collection of books aim to:
- Illuminate the experience of people from a range of cultures or life circumstances.
- Help children explore emotions, so they can understand how other people feel.
- Whilst several reflect stories of our time, such as the refugee experience, or coping with anxiety.
All are engaging and thought provoking.
Each collection has its own Read for Empathy Guide with a synopsis of all of the books, top tips for sharing stories and more information about #EmpathyDay which is on 9 June 2020.
“These books made us laugh, cry, and crucially, hope. We intend them to be behaviour-changing, as children gain insights into other people’s experiences and perspectives.”