A new Read For Empathy book collection has launched to help librarians, teachers and parents support children and instil empathy values and skills.

The 2022 collection by EmpathyLab features 60 books for 4-16 year-olds selected by an expert judging panel. Each book has been chosen to help empower an empathy-education generation and includes picture books, early readers, poetry collections, novels, graphic novels and non-fiction.

Many of the books help readers understand the lives of those experiencing tough situations, like becoming homeless, or a refugee. Others help children build their understanding of emotions or inspire positive action towards the climate or animals or people in their community.

Empathy Day 2022

The Read For Empathy Book Collection is ideal for librarians looking to take part in this year’s Empathy Day on Thursday 9th June. The annual event focuses on using books – and talking about them – to build understanding of the importance and practice of empathy.

This year’s theme will be ‘Empathy, Our Human Superpower’. Everyone is invited to join in the Empathy Superpower Challenge, choosing from a menu of nine empathy-boosting challenge activities.

EmpathyLab’s founder Miranda McKearney OBE said: “The pandemic has triggered an empathy deficit in our children who have been deprived of interactions with others, denying them the chance to develop their social skills”

“Science shows that empathy is learnable and that reading is an important empathy-building tool. This collection will help parents and educators to surround children with empathy experiences, inspiring them to understand others better, and tackle societal problems like racism”.

You can download a free guide to the Read for Empathy Collection and learn more about this year’s Empathy Day theme by visiting the EmpathyLab website.