Today is the second annual Empathy Day, which encourages children and young people to read empathy-boosting stories to gain a better understanding of people and how they think and feel. Being able to see things from someone else’s point of view helps to challenge prejudice and develop connections between one another, which is not only good for the world overall but can boost your success at school and lead to good, lasting friendships.
A study by Professor Maria Nikolajeva of Cambridge University has shown that the more fiction you read the more likely you are to be empathetic. A Read for Empathy Guide is available to download here and includes book recommendations such as The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, Mr Stink by David Walliams and The Unforgettable Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce, all of which are available to borrow from the Discovery Library.
On Empathy Day's call to action:
READ – because reading in itself can make us more empathetic
SHARE – because sharing books on Empathy Day can connect us in new ways