Peters Partnership

Read For Empathy book collection

In the run-up to Empathy Day 2018 we will publish a Read for Empathy Guide for parents and teachers of 4-11 year olds, with a linked book collection of thirty fantastic empathy-boosting books. We are delighted to be developing this in partnership with Peters. This is our announcement press release.
A distinguished Selection Panel will select the final thirty books:

· Farrah Serroukh, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
· Jon Biddle, Moorlands Primary Academy and Patron of Reading
· Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Children’s Book Reviewer
· Emma O’Donovan, The Booksniffer 
· Tricia Adams, CEO School Library Association
· Sarah Mears, Essex Library Service; EmpathyLab co-founder 

Publishers: we invite you to submit books, up to November 17. See below for the submission guidelines.
Schools and libraries: the Guide and book collection will be available for you to use from February 2018, in the run-up to Empathy Day on 12 June, and then way beyond. Peters will be taking pre-orders for our 2018 book collection from November 2017.

Publisher submission guidelines

What to do
· Please read the selection criteria below
· To submit titles, please send eight copies of each book by Friday November 17. Publishers can submit up to three books (5 for publishers with multiple imprints)
· Mark the parcel for EmpathyLab, and send to Jude Evans, Peters, 120 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RJ. Please also fill in a (quick and easy) online form for each book submitted, using this link
· We’ll contact you before Christmas if your book has been shortlisted. The final thirty will be selected in January, and schools/libraries will use from February onwards
2018 guidelines  
· We are looking for thirty books for 4-11 year olds – picture books, early readers, poetry and novels;  
· Publishers are invited to submit up to three books per publishing house by 17 November. Publishers with multiple imprints can submit up to five in total. Books must be submitted by publishers, not individuals;
· We reserve the right to call in extra books that our partner schools have found particularly strong for empathy work;
· There is an inclusion fee of £100.00 per title for books in the final collection of thirty. Publishers with three or more titles on the list and small publishers will receive a discount;
· Books must be published in the UK, and authors/illustrators primarily resident in the UK, or with a mechanism (e.g. linked storytellers) to bring the books to a live audience; 
· Self-published books are not eligible. All must have an ISBN and be currently in print in paperback.

Framework for the Guide
· The target age range is 4-11 year olds;
· We will choose a balance of in-print picture books, early readers, novels, poetry. We will not publish age ranges, but are looking for balanced coverage of 4-7 and 8-12 year olds
· We are largely looking for books published in the last three years, but would not exclude a strong contender or classic if published earlier. 
· We will look for books that help children develop the three aspects of empathy – affective or feeling empathy, where we resonate with someone else’s feelings; cognitive empathy where we use reason and understanding to work out how someone is feeling; empathic concern which motivates us to put empathy into action;
· Diversity – in its widest sense - will be a very important consideration, so that all children feel represented and understood;
· We aim to include some books that help children explore the perspectives of people facing challenging issues (e.g. refugees, homelessness, disability, mental health, prejudice);

EmpathyLab’s general criteria for empathy-building books 
Scientific research shows that identifying with characters’ emotions helps build real-life empathy. Our criteria therefore emphasise the importance of beautifully drawn, well rounded and believable characters. We are also looking for stories that:
· have the ability to engage a range of the reader’s emotions and challenge perceptions;
· show a variety of different characters' perspectives;
· have high-quality writing and illustrations that always illuminate the character’s feelings and motivations. Even in a fantasy situation the characters should display shades of grey, not be black and white;
· subtly explore feelings, without over-describing;
· convey no judgement. The story tells itself and opens emotional channels, allowing children’s empathy to grow as they get to know the characters;  
· are child-centred and accessible - treating readers with respect, but not patronising or over simplifying;
· have endings that offer some kind of resolution or comfort. 
· can inspire readers to take empathetic action in the real world

Promotion plans for the Guide and book collection 
Peters will promote the book collection from early November through E-shots to all primary schools, school library services and public libraries; through their online E-Gazette to over 2000 subscribing schools and libraries; through social media, regional roadshows and via their blog. They will also introduce a dedicated showroom display. EmpathyLab will promote as a long-running featured website post, via our social media channels, and as a key part of the 2018 Empathy Day campaign with individual tweets for each selected title. Thereafter, we will promote all year through our training days, speeches, workshops and social media.
EmpathyLab and Peters will promote to their powerful partnership networks which include: School Library Association, School Libraries Group, Youth Libraries Group, Society of Chief Librarians, Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians, IBBY, CLPE, Patron of Reading, Open University, Empathy Museum, Micro Librarian, Renaissance, One Education, Beanstalk, Achievement for All, NLT

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