Empathy Day 2021
Empathy Day aims to help everyone understand and experience the transformational power of empathy through stories.
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.
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.