Empathy has never been needed more. Empathy Day helps young people learn about empathy and put it into action. It’s based on scientific research showing that empathy is learnable and that books are a powerful empathy-building tool.
How schools can join in
This year’s theme is empathy, our human superpower. EmpathyLab offers schools, libraries and families superb free, creative resources.
- Register for Empathy Day and receive free toolkits, via our mailing list, here!
- Send staff to CPD training equipping you with practical ideas for using books to build empathy, and a research base. Details here
- Use the Read for Empathy book collections for 4-16 year olds, chosen by our expert judging panel. Free Guides here!
More about the Empathy Day action
- The Empathy Superpower Challenge from 4 May – nine inspiring activities to build empathy skills and change the world for the better. Including Empathy Walks, Superpower X-ray glasses; listening exercises and Empathy Resolutions. https://www.empathylab.uk/empathy-day-2022
- Empathy Day Live!: a free online festival on Thursday 9 June, for schools to stream into assemblies and classrooms. Favourite children’s authors and illustrators lead Challenge activities – Michael Morpurgo, Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson, Joseph Coehlo and many more…
- Original new content from 4 May: Empathy Shorts: 500-word short stories – can be downloaded from https://www.empathylab.uk/empathy-shorts . Including Tom Palmer, Nizrana Farook, Abigail Balfe, Hannah Gold, Helen Rutter, E.L. Norry, Jen Carney and Joshua Seigal. Read for Empathy Illustrations: brand new illustrations for your displays. Including Fiona Lumbers, Chie Kutsuwada Jacinta Read, Karen George, Jane Ray and Jen Khatun at https://www.empathylab.uk/RfE-illustrators-gallery
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