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I Am Human

“I Am Human: A Book of Empathy”

What does it mean to be human? Find out in this original book with delightful illustrations.

Intro: “I was born. A miracle! One of billions but unique!”

Find one’s way on life’s journey by being curious and playful, dreaming, and making discoveries. 

Being human also means not being perfect.

But being human means making choices.

The back of the book includes a loving-kindness meditation.

This book promotes creative components of uniqueness, interconnectedness, and mindfulness.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it shows the best parts of being human as well as the not so good parts. It shows how we can make choices, particularly when we make a mistake because we are only human.

TITLE: I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

AUTHOR: Susan Verde

ILLUSTRATOR: Peter H. Reynolds

PUBLISHER: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): compassion, social-emotional, self-awareness

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: uniqueness, interconnectedness, mindfulness

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) In what ways do you express compassion for others? 

2) Perform a random act of kindness.

3) Tell someone how much you appreciate them and/or apologize for a hurt you did. 

4) In what ways are you a unique human?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Susan Verde, visit:

https://www.susanverde.com/about-susan#bio

To learn more about illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, visit:

https://www.peterhreynolds.com

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

“Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems”

Teaching children at a young age how to be present and how to self-calm can become a beneficial skill that can help them later in life when faced with stress. In Breathe and Be, mindfulness poems set the stage for children to calm, relax, and be. These poems use nature analogies that children can easily relate to.

By the end of the book, a sense of calm and serenity prevails. Readers connect mindfulness with the beauty of nature. On the book’s back cover, this poem portrays rushing thoughts and centeredness.

Gorgeous illustrations create a soothing peacefulness while illustrating how readers’ awareness of their thoughts can promote mindfulness.

This book promotes visualization, flexible thinking, and nature.

TITLE: Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

AUTHOR: Kate Coombs

ILLUSTRATOR: Anna Emilia Laitinen

PUBLISHER: Sounds True, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: visualization, flexible thinking, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is quoted: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” As an act of mindfulness, sit quietly in nature. Pick a small square of dirt to observe. For five to ten minutes focus only on that patch of earth, watching nature happen.

2) Try your hand at writing a tanka poem. A tanka poem has five lines. The first and third lines have five syllables. The second, fourth and fifth lines have seven syllables. Here is an example that I wrote.

Up Above

by Ann Kelley

dollops of whipped cream

drift across speckled blue sky

like scoops of ice cream

piling higher and higher

until melting raindrops pour

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kate Coombs, visit:

http://www.katecoombs.com

To learn about illustrator Anna Emilia Laitinen, visit:

http://www.annaemilia.com