I Am Human: A Book of Empathy (I Am Books) (Hardcover)
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#1 New York Times bestseller!
Companion to I Am Love and I Am Peace
“An age-appropriate and hopeful look at what it means to be a connected human on this planet.” ―School Library Journal
Being human means we are full of possibility. We learn, we dream, we wonder at the world around us. But we also make mistakes and can feel fearful or sad.
From the bestselling team that created I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, I Am Love, and I Am One comes a new hopeful celebration of the human family. A colorfully and warmly illustrated book for young children, I Am Human affirms that we can make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves.
A child in a red-striped shirt and blue jeans explores the possibilities open to them as a human being. Beginning with “I was born. A miracle! One of billions but unique!” the text lists activities (“I am always learning”; “I have BIG dreams”). The child explores the difficult sides of being human, such as feelings of fear and sadness. They can “make choices” and “move forward” with “thoughtfulness” (for example, giving flowers to a friend they hurt), learning to live with kindness, compassion, listening, and connection. “I am full of hope. I am human.”
When we find common ground, we can feel connected to the great world around us and mindfully strive to be our best selves.
Includes a guided meditation.
I Am Me
I Am Yoga
I Am Peace
I Am Love
I Am One
I Am Courage
I Am . . . A Box of Goodness!
About the Author
Susan Verde is a New York Times bestselling children’s author, children’s yoga and mindfulness expert, former teacher, and parent. By 2022 she will have more than 20 picture books in the marketplace. She is a highly sought after speaker at conferences, festivals, and schools across the nation, and spends half the year on the road working with children and families. Verde is a frequent contributor to online magazines and has appeared on multiple podcasts speaking about writing, parenting, mindfulness, and yoga. She lives in East Hampton, New York.
Peter H. Reynolds is the renowned illustrator behind the bestselling Judy Moody, Stink, and I Am series, as well as many other award-winning picture books, including The Dot and Ish. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.
"Reynolds' simple line drawings with bursts of color have become iconic, and they serve the simple, affirming text with their own vision of the emotions and possibilities we humans have in this wide world . . . Grown-ups will enjoy reading this regularly with the children in their lives: The reminders benefit us all."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Verde brings it all together in the end with the connectedness of humans to each other. The clear and concise text is well-matched by Reynolds’ familiar illustrations in which viewers follow an unnamed boy of color (born on page one) on his human journey . . . An age-appropriate and hopeful look at what it means to be a connected human on this planet."
— School Library Journal