You, Me and Empathy
This charming story uses verse, beautiful illustrations and a little person called Quinn to model the meaning of empathy.
Quinn shows an abundance of understanding, compassion and kindness towards others. Empathy is a learnt trait, and one to nurture in all children. Included are Discussion Questions and activities to promote empathy.
This book is best suited for children aged 3 to 9 years.
One of the most important social skills a child can learn is empathy.
Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs helps people to connect to one another across race, culture and the diversity that is ever-present and so important to our world.
Throughout the story, Quinn takes the reader on a journey of learning through the example of others, teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance, respect and recognizing bullying behaviours.
"Our world is so special, we all need to care
about one another and the earth we share.
People together from far and wide,
we're all on this planet, we're on the same side."
"I love this book and highly recommend it to parents, educators and counselors. The latest research shows that our children are hard-wired to care but unless we nurture empathy it lies dormant. You, Me, and Empathy offers us a way to talk to our children about the importance of caring for others. Jayneen also provides simple tips that we can instantly use to start stretching children's empathy muscles. Being able to understand how another person is feeling and recognizing their needs is so crucial to humanity. You, Me and Empathy is a must to help us all achieve a kinder world."
– Dr Michele Borba Ed.D.: author of ‘Unselfie: why empathetic kids succeed in this all-about-me world’
"In this gem, young readers are invited to explore their feelings and discover their ability to understand not only their own emotions but also the feelings of others. Written in first-person narrative with every-day examples of situations that might cause uncomfortable feelings like worry, anger, sadness, or fright, this text with reflection questions sprinkled throughout is sure to spark and ignite some dynamic conversations about empathy, compassion and kindness."
– Barbara Gruener: author, school counsellor with 34 years of working in public education
"...Lovely story and beautiful pictures. Multicultural, inclusive, diverse and child centred book. I'm a safeguarding consultant and trainer in the UK and will add it to my collection from this amazing author. Jayneen always promotes the voice of the child in her books and this book is one of my favourites. The pictures and colours used in the book are gentle and soft and brings the story to life. As a parent, it's a good book to read with your child and introduces them to empathy and kindness from a young age. At the back of the book they have prompts and questions to ask your child encouraging a healthy debate. Teachers and staff in school can use it in class for all children especially those that display harmful behaviours to others. Social workers, foster and adoptive carers can use this book as a useful tool to encourage kind behaviours with the children they support and care for. Reflective questions are scattered across the book for self reflection."
– Ann-marie Child, Safeguarding and Child Protection Consultant | United Kingdom
"A gorgeous story for young children that gets them thinking about, and understanding, how other people are feeling. This book contains beautiful illustrations, with a diverse cast of characters and scenarios that are very familiar and easy for children to relate to and learn from. A must-have book for every family and school library!"
– Amazon purchaser, December 2017
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