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Empathy Day 9th June 2020

29 May 2020 Share

The countdown to Empathy Day on June 9th has begun. 

Be sure to download the family activity pack for daily empathy-boosting activities from the website and keep an eye out for further Empathy updates.  

Resources include a new Family Activities Pack, plus activities for schools to use in home learning provision, supported by an Early Years and Schools Toolkit and author readings of the featured books. 

Empathy is a learnable skill and Empathy Day was founded to help us all understand and experience its transformational power. We have never needed empathy more, so please do get planning for how you can get involved.  

Join EmpathyLabUK on 9 June for an amazing, participatory day opened by Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, and packed with author-led events online, and home or school-based activities.

Highlights include Empathy Charades led by Joseph Coelho; Rob Biddulph’s empathy draw-along, Sarah Crossan’s empathy-themed poetry challenge, and a special listening switch exercise led by Robin Stevens and Jo Cotterill. Malorie Blackman will be putting on Empathy Glasses and encouraging everyone to share #ReadForEmpathy recommendations; Onjali Rauf and Sita Brahmachari will be inspiring families to put empathy into action and make Empathy Resolution posters for their windows.

Empathy Day aims to inspire a new national conversation about empathy’s power in the world, and the role of books in building it. 

Two wonderful strands from leading children’s authors and illustrators contribute to this - sixteen Read For Empathy illustrations and an author Blog Tour. 

Finally, during the week 8-12 June, including on Empathy Day itself, librarians will be talking about their favourite #ReadforEmpathy books from this year’s collections on CILIP’s National Shelf Service You Tube channel.