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Usborne books to celebrate Empathy Day

Books are a powerful way to understand the world from another person’s viewpoint, and learn about people, places and ways of life outside our own experience. Usborne is pleased to be part of the Empathy Circle, a collective of children's publishers working with EmpathyLab to build children's empathy using literature.

To celebrate UK Empathy Day on June 11th, we invited Usborne authors and editors to share books that they believe particularly help readers develop empathy and understanding.

Felicity Brooks, Editorial Director and author of All About Families.

Alex Frith, author of Politics for Beginners.

Fiona Patchett, editor of The Usborne Illustrated Black Beauty.

Sarah Stewart, editor of Rosie Loves Jack.

Tamsin Winter, author of Being Miss Nobody and Jemima Small Versus the Universe, shared her top list of #ReadForEmpathy books on Twitter.

Mel Darbon, author of Rosie Loves Jack, spoke at the Empathy Conversation event at Waterstones Piccadilly, with a star lineup including bestselling Noughts and Crosses author Malorie Blackman.

Darren Simpson, author of Scavengers, talked with Year 8 students at the South Nottinghamshire Academy about their favourite books that helped them develop empathy and understanding – including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas By John Boyne and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.