This webinar is free for SLA members.Run by Sarah Mears MBE, Libraries Connected Programme Manager, this webinar will highlight the newly launched 2021 #ReadforEmpathy book collection - fifty books aimed at primary and secondary readers and chosen by a team of children’s book experts from schools, libraries and the wider book world including Dawn Woods from the School Library Association.
Sarah will be talking about some of her favourite books in the collection and explain the ‘empathy angles’ that guided their selection and the skills they hope that using the books will build. She will be suggesting ways to use the collection within an empathy context - describing the connections between empathy and reading and what happens in the brain when we read.
Finally, she will be sharing some of the exciting plans Libraries Connected have for Empathy Day 2021 and giving some hints and tips for getting involved, including their brand new Empathy Walks campaign and highlighting the toolkits that will be available to support schools and families.
Sarah Mears MBE, Programme Manager, Libraries Connected
Sarah was formerly Library Services Manager for Essex Libraries and a past Chair of ASCEL. She is the lead for the Universal Culture Offer and was a member of SCL Executive. Away from work she is one of the founder members of Empathy Lab, a not for profit organisation building children’s empathy through stories in schools and libraries.