I Am Love: A Book of Compassion

Abrams. Sept. 2019. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781419737268.
K-Gr 3–A young child knows that the best way to help the world is through kindness, empathy, and mindfulness. Loving others can be expressed in many ways—by being a good listener, lending a helping hand, offering comfort, and being gentle. Loving oneself is also important and can be expressed by showing gratitude and taking care of one’s mind and body. When life’s storms blow in, the child will know exactly what to do because their heart will lead the way. Award-winning team Verde and Reynolds have created a fourth “I Am” picture book, following I Am Yoga, I Am Peace, and I Am Human. This title illustrates easy and practical ways that children can be a good friend and also care for themselves with love. The story is told in a series of actionable “I can” statements and “love is” statements on each page. For example, “I can speak softly and choose my words and actions carefully. Love is gentle.” The illustrations are clean and colorful against a contrasting background. Emotion is conveyed through the use of color, facial expressions, and body language. A useful appendix includes an author’s note about using yoga and mindfulness to help children cope with their own emotions. Yoga poses and a heart meditation exercise are provided.
VERDICT A beautiful tool for teaching love, empathy, and self-care.

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