Resource type: Event
Price band: Free
Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3
Region(s): All of UK
Empathy Day is a day dedicated to celebrating the importance of empathy and the vital role that books and reading play in helping young people develop key empathy skills. Empathy Day 2022 will take place on Thursday 9th June and the theme for this year is ‘Empathy, Our Superpower’.
The Empathy Day website provides a range of free resources to support the event. These include:
- The Empathy Superpower Challenge – a menu of nine creative, empathy-boosting activities designed to inspire young people to Read. Connect. Act.
- Empathy Day Live! – a festival of online events for Empathy Day, led by top children’s authors and illustrators and linked to the Empathy Superpower Challenge.
- Free teacher toolkits for EYFS, Primary and Secondary schools.
- Specially commissioned empathy-boosting short stories and illustrations (available from 19th May).
- Online CPD sessions and webinars. See the full schedule here.
Cost: Free with registration.
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 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.
- 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.