Inside: I Am Peace book review with related activities.
When we learn to be in the here and now, we understand ourselves better, we see beauty, and we act with kindness, compassion and empathy. When we learn to pause and be present, we find our calm, our center, and our peace. When we feel our own sense of peace, we can share it with others.
— Author’s Note
Title: I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
Author: Susan Verde
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Publishing: 2017, Abrams Books for Young Readers
Suitable for Ages: 4 to 9
Theme: Fiction, Mindfulness, Peace, Kindness
“There are times when I worry about what might happen next and what happened before. The thoughts in my head are like rushing water and I feel like a boat with no anchor …”
Brief Synopsis (from the book flap):
This book is “a gentle expression of the tenets of mindfulness, encouraging children to breathe, taste, smell, and be present in the here and now.“
Why I LOVE and Recommend This Book:
The simple, sweet illustrations, and the lovely poetic text not only help children to think and talk about their emotions, but they demonstrate a calm and peaceful way of being in the world.
Mindfulness is one way for children to learn to focus and self-regulate. Learning to manage emotions can be challenging for some people, and this book helps put things in perspective and shows that we can choose our responses to situations, rather than just react.
During my last couple of years of teaching my students and I practiced being mindful and present. In addition to focused breathing exercises, we also read books about kindness and compassion. The children really enjoyed these moments and it always brought a peaceful vibe to the classroom.
BONUS: The book includes a guided meditation!
Links to Resources:
1.This book pairs well with Peaceful Piggy Meditation. I reviewed it last year and included some activities.
2. Peter Reynolds has some banners if you’d like to create “I am Peace” selfies or group shots.
3. This Huffington Post article has 8 great ideas for teaching mindfulness.
4. Parents also has an excellent article.
I’m linking up with Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Books. Be sure to pop over and find some other great titles!