Vita Coleman, library assistant in dlr Libraries has created a great reading list of books which encourage resilience and empathy in children, pre-teens and teenagers. Vita was invited to create this list as part of anti-bullying week, which took place from the 13th –17th November 2017. To mark this special week, CyberSafeIreland, who dlr Libraries have worked with on how to keep children safe online in 2017, published a guest blog every day covering a whole range of topics. Please click here to read all blog entries. If you would like to listen to a podcast from a panel discussion that included Cyber Safe Ireland, that was recorded in March 2017 in dlr LexIcon on 'Happy Kids: Raising Children in the digital age' please click here.
Vita Coleman, Library assistant, dlr Libraries:
Reading and storytelling are wonderfully effective empathy-building activities; through protagonists we enter other worlds and experience trials and tribulations that can differ greatly to our own. Whether empathy is explored directly as a theme or evoked through another perspective, our inner lives and capacity for understanding are enriched each and every time we pick up a book. To fully process and integrate the lessons and experiences we encounter, we can retell and discuss what we have read. There are many ways to provide opportunities for our kids to do this; from dinnertime chats about what they’re reading, to setting up or joining a kid’s book club.
It can be hard to find books as diverse as the classrooms of today’s Ireland. Having a chat about the reasons for and effects of this lack of representation is also a good way to explore the topic. Anti-bullying week is a fantastic opportunity to pause and ensure we are providing our children with access to different voices and experiences, helping them to develop empathy and an interest in all groups in society.
Here are suggestions for books which we’d recommend for the different age-groups from young children to teens. Click on the image or open the pdf version, which you can print out or share. You can borrow or reserve each of these titles at your local library or online via our catalogue.