Read for Empathy secondary collection 2019
EmpathyLab is a brand new organisation seeking to develop young people's empathy through reading and literature. We're not born with a fixed quantity of empathy – it's a skill we can learn. Excitingly, research shows that books are a powerful tool to develop it, because in identifying with book characters, people learn to see things from other points of view.
These fifteen fantastic empathy-boosting books for 11–16 year olds chosen by EmpathyLab's expert panel have been selected for their potential to inspire young people to make a positive difference in their homes, schools and communities. The books offer powerful insights into other people's feelings, ways of life and the experience of facing challenges like becoming homeless, or a refugee.
The list includes nine novels, three poetry books, two graphic novels and a short story collection.