Resource type: Event
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3
Region(s): All of UK
Empathy Action Month takes place in November and provides an opportunity to celebrate the role that books and reading play in building empathy and inspiring social action.
To support Empathy Action Month, organisers EmpathyLab have created a range of supporting resources:
- Empathy Action Month assembly powerpoint with accompanying teacher notes
- A book list of Top 10 Reads for Empathy Action Month covering all ages.
- Templates for individual Empathy Resolutions and decorative bunting.
- A programme of weekly videos every Tuesday throughout November that feature top children’s authors talking about how their stories can inspire change.
About EmpathyLab: EmpathyLab was founded in 2014 by Miranda McKearney OBE, Sarah Mears MBE, Craig Hill and Caroline Scott. Its aim is to develop children’s empathy and social activism through stories in order to build a more caring world.
- Chosen by a panel of experts every year, the Read for Empathy Book Collections feature books designed to encourage young readers in primary and secondary schools to see the world through somebody else’s eyes.
- Put empathy into action by running a Readathon sponsored read that will raise money to provide books and storytelling events for seriously ill children in hospital while also promoting reading for pleasure.
- Empathy Day takes place in June with a programme of supporting author events and activities.
- Other events in the literacy calendar that provide an opportunity to explore empathy further include Empathy Week, World Kindness Day, Anti-Bullying Week, Children’s Mental Health Week and Refugee Week.