30 books to boost empathy & combat societal divisions

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EmpathyLab has today announced the titles selected for their 2018 Read for Empathy Guide. These books, a great focus for Empathy Day on 12 June , have been chosen to strengthen children’s ability to understand other people’s feelings and perspectives, spark insights into different lives and inspire them to put empathy into action in their communities.

The Read for Empathy books (Full List)

· Lulu Gets a Cat, Anna McQuinn, illustrator Rosalind Beardshaw, Alanna Books

· The Parrot and the Merchant, Marjan Vafaian, Tiny Owl

· Perfectly Norman, Tom Percival, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

· Colin and Lee Carrot and Pea, Morag Hood, Two Hoots

· Can I Join your Club? John Kelly, illustrator Steph Laberis, Little Tiger Press

· In My Heart: a Book of Feelings, Jo Witek, illustrator Christine Roussey, Abrams Appleseed

· You’re Safe with Me, Chitra Soundar, illustrator Poonam Mistry, Lantana

· 15 Things Not to Do with a Granny, Margaret McAllister, illustrator Holly Sterling, Frances Lincoln

· Here I Am, Patti Kim, illustrator Sonia Sanchez, Curious Fox

· King of the Sky, Nicola Davies, illustrator Laura Carlin, Walker Books

· Willy and the Cloud, Anthony Browne, Walker Books

· Grandad’s Island, Benji Davies, Simon and Schuster

· Leo: a Ghost Story, Mac Barnett, illustrator Christian Robinson, Chronicle Books

· My Name is Not Refugee, Kate Milner, Barrington Stoke

· The Number 1 Car Spotter Fights the Factory, Atinuke, illustrator Warwick Johnson Cadwell, Walker Books

· Ballerina Dreams, Michaela and Elaine DePrince, illustrator Ella Okstad, Faber & Faber

· Me and Mister P, Maria Farrer, illustrator Daniel Rieley, Oxford University Press

· The Wild Robot, Peter Brown, Piccadilly Press

· The Road to Ever After, Moira Young, Macmillan Children’s Books

· Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, Frank Cottrell Boyce, illustrator Steven Lenton, Macmillan Children’s Books

· Tender Earth, Sita Brahmachari, Macmillan Children’s Books

· Sky Dancer, Gill Lewis, Oxford University Press

· The Song From Somewhere Else, A.F. Harrold, illustrator Levi Pinfold, Bloomsbury

· Smart, Kim Slater, Macmillan Children’s Books

· Overheard in a Tower Block, Joseph Coelho, illustrator Kate Milner, Otter-Barry Books

· Charlie and Me, Mark Lowery, Piccadilly Press

· The Guggenheim Mystery, Robin Stevens, Puffin

· Illegal, Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrator Giovanni Rigano, Hodder Children’s Books

· The Island at the End of Everything, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Chicken House Books

· El Deafo, Cece Bell, Amulet Books


The books were chosen by a panel of experts, drawing on a list of books submitted by publishers. Very few non-fiction books were submitted and, noting that most research about the use of books for building empathy is based on fiction, no non-fiction title is included in the final list. That said I’m delighted to see the inclusion of poetry and graphic novels, alongside picture books and middle grade fiction.

All the books can be ordered in one fell swoop here www.peters.co.uk/empathy

To find out more about Empathy Day and the work of EmpathyLab do visit their website http://www.empathylab.uk/

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