I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

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.

A colorfully and warmly illustrated book for young children, I Am Human: A Book of Empathy 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.

By Susan Verde with illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds
32 pages
Published by Harry N. Abrams, 2018
Hardcover
8.38 x 0.38 x 8.38 inches