What’s it all about?
If you’ve not heard of Empathy Day yet, it was founded in 2017 by the wonderful folk at EmpathyLab, who are on a mission to inspire a new empathy movement. Empathy is a vital human force which has come into sharp focus during the pandemic. Right now, we’ve never needed it more.
Did you know?
Empathy is learnable. 98% of us can improve our empathy skills at any point in our lives. (Simon Baron-Cohen, Zero Degrees of Empathy 2011, University of Cambridge). And neuroscientists say that reading fiction builds real life empathy skills. Empathy Day is all about helping everyone understand this, and showinghow to use books to step into someone else’s shoes.
Empathy Day – Tuesday 9 June
A day of brilliant online events and homebased celebrations to help children READ, CONNECT AND ACT using empathy, will take place on 9 June .
The countdown has already begun. You can read author Sam Copeland's Empathy Short 'Caveman Learns Big Huge Lesson' and lookout for Sophy Henn's illustration in the the #ReadForEmpathy Illustrators Gallery . On Empathy Day itself, you can watch Robin Stevens and Malorie Blackman, and watch again the Empathy-themed Puffin Story Maker’s Show. Plus check out the new Wonder resource pack in the Explore Empathy Resources section on the Puffin Schools site.If you're looking for books that can help children understand other people's perspectives then the official 2020 Read For Empathy collection is essential reading.
Empathy Day LIVE Programme - You can watch here throughout the day
9:30AM Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell introduces Empathy Day
10:00AM Special #DrawWithRob from Rob Biddulph
10:30AM Re-watch the Empathy themed Puffin Story Maker’s show
11:00AM Empathy Library Rhyme Time – join Kate Priestley from Kingston Libraries
11:30AM Sarah Crossan sets the Empathy Poetry challenge
12 noon ALL TOGETHER: Malorie Blackman leads as we put on Empathy Glasses and share #ReadForEmpathy ideas
1:30PM Authors Jo Cotterill and Robin Stevens show us the Listening Switch exercise for listening 100%
2:00PM Author Joseph Coelho leads Empathy Charades and families play at home
2:30PM Authors Onjali Rauf and Sita Brahmachari introduce ‘putting empathy into action’
3:30PM ALL TOGETHER: make an Empathy Poster to share on social media or in your window
7:15PM The Empathy Conversation with authors Cressida Cowell and Muhammad Khan, and psychologist Professor Robin Banerje
Follow the fun @empathylabuk and #EmpathyDay