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Whakapau kaha – to be better than before.

The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimisation.


WITS teaches kids strategies that they can use to deal with teasing or bullying.

Remember that telling is not tattling. If you’re faced with bullying and you walk away to get help, you are helping to make your school and your community a safe and fun place for kids to be!

Empathy is our ability to understand and share someone else’s feelings. It is an essential life skill, crucial if children and communities are to thrive. 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, children learn to see things from other points of view. As they read, they are building their empathy skills.

How does empathy work?

Empathy is made up of three main elements.

The 2020 Read for Empathy collection

An expert panel has chosen thirty-three fantastic books for children aged 4–11. Each one does a specific empathy-building job, such as developing new perspectives or recognition of emotions. They offer powerful insights into different ways of life and what it might feel like to be a refugee, or homeless. Please use them to inspire children to turn feelings of empathy into action – in their homes, schools and communities. This guide is brought to you by EmpathyLab, in partnership with specialist children’s book supplier Peters. You can use it all year round, and it will be especially useful in the run up to Empathy Day on 9 June 2020. Please join in! Register for updates at and follow @EmpathyLabUK.

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