Empathy Day 2021

Empathy Day aims to help everyone understand and experience the transformational power of empathy through stories.

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What is empathy?

The founders of Empathy Day, Empathy Lab define empathy as ‘our ability to imagine and share someone else’s feelings and perspectives.’  They believe it is made up of 3 elements:

  • FEELING: where we resonate with other people’s feelings
  • THINKING: where we use reason and imagination to work out how someone else feels
  • ACTING: where we are inspired to help others, having experienced what they are feeling

Empathy is a learnable skill and reading can help build real-life empathy.


Empathy Day Live

On 10 June, Empathy Day goes live with an online programme of creative activities from authors, illustrators, and poets to engage children and all who live and work with them.

There’s a fabulous programme for the day featuring leading children’s authors and illustrators including Michael Rosen, Cressida Cowell, Malorie Blackman, Michael Morpurgo, Patrice Lawrence, David Baddiel, Jacqueline Wilson and Holly Bourne.

For more information click here.

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Read for Empathy collections

Empathy Lab have put together a collection of 50 books for children aged 4-16, with each book chosen to do the specific job of  building young people’s empathy. Find out more about the collection here.

The books are available in libraries or you can reserve them on our online catalogue.

Empathy with local author Darren Simpson

Join Darren Simpson, author of The Scavengers and The Memory Thieves, as he talks about empathy and reads from his first novel.


Children's wellbeing

Reading Well for Children provides quality-assured information, stories and advice to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
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Connecting Stories

Nottingham City Libraries are proud to be part of the Connecting Stories project from National Literacy Trust.
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Favourite Children's Authors

Some of our favourite author sites packed with activities to keep you busy.
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My Poetry Journey with Manjit Sahota

Poet Manjit shares his poetry and inspirations.
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Positive Pants with Claire Clements 1/2

Prepare to get creative with Claire from Positive Pants!
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Positive Pants with Claire Clements 2/2

Take party in a superhero craft activity with Clare.
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