Monsters Not Allowed, Perfect and The Pond featured in Read for Empathy Guide Wales

We're so excited to see that Monsters Not Allowed by Tracy Hammett and Jan McCafferty, The Pond and Perfect by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher have been included in Empathy Lab's 'Read for Empathy Guide Wales'. 


Every year Empathy Lab launch two collections, and after much of their work being in Wales in recent years, they decided to team up with Books Council of Wales and an independent panel of judges to put together a curated collection of Welsh and English-language titles to form the first Read for Empathy Guide Wales. . This collection of books to build empathy for 4 to 16 year olds can be used by schools and libraries to help inspire and build empathy skills throughout the year.


You can view the full collection here.


Find out more about the Graffeg books included below:

Monsters Not Allowed! by Tracey Hammett and Jan McCafferty


A monster makes quite an impression at his new school, but becomes so disruptive that Mr Jedd the Deputy Head bans him from attending. The children, however, miss his presence, and will work together in order to enjoy lessons with him again.


A charming story written by CBeebies programme writer, Tracey Hammett, and illustrated by Jan McCafferty, Monsters Not Allowed! is a humorous tale of kindness and understanding, teaching children about inclusion, collaboration, and loving their differences.


'The children in my class thought this was a great book and would love it it this monster came to our school!' Mrs. W, Toppsta



Perfect by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher


A story of anticipation, disappointment, acceptance and, ultimately, love. Perfect tells the story of a young boy learning to accept his baby sister as being perfect in every way in spite of her disability. Suffused with natural imagery, Perfect is an ideal way to open up the subject of disability with children, as well as being a great story in its own right. Beautifully illustrated by Cathy Fisher, Perfect is a truly remarkable book guaranteed to bring a lump to the throat.


‘Stories as deeply felt, and as exquisitely crafted as Perfect are the food that nourish the soul’ Nikki Gamble, education consultant

The Pond by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher


A touching picture book about a young boy, and his family, overcoming the loss of his father. This colourful, emotional book is filled with natural imagery, and will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world. 


The Pond was chosen as one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 and chosen as one of CLPE’s favourite reads of 2017.


‘A touching picture book that will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world.’ Wales Arts Review



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