Read for Empathy Guide Selection Panel

Our Read for Empathy Collection selection panel

 Distinguished experts are helping us select the books that will make up our 2018 Read for Empathy collection. The panel is chaired by Miranda McKearney OBE, EmpathyLab’s founder. 

Emma O’Donovan

Emma O’Donovan reviews children’s books for a variety of publications. With a keen eye for design and a passion for storytelling through illustration she is an advocate for the power of pictures and the importance of reading.

Farrah Serroukh

Farrah Serroukh is the Learning Programme Leader at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. She is passionate about promoting every child’s right to quality learning underpinned by access to a rich and varied diet of quality literature.

Jon Biddle

Jon Biddle is a teacher at one of EmpathyLab’s pioneer schools, with a passion for developing genuine reading cultures in schools. He coordinates the Patron of Reading initiative, writes a regular blog and talks about books at every possible opportunity.

Nicolette Jones

Nicolette Jones is a writer and journalist who has been the children’s book reviewer of the Sunday Times for more than two decades.

Sarah Mears

Sarah Mears is one of EmpathyLab’s founders whose library background has long convinced her of the power of stories to change children’s lives. She is Essex County Council’s Library Services Manager and a member of the Society of Chief Librarians’ National Executive.

Tricia Adams

Tricia Adams is Director of the School Library Association. She feels strongly about the benefits of reading for the pleasure, and the importance of children being able to access good texts easily, and locally. 

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