Written by an early childhood social emotional learning educator, I Am! is a brilliant tool for building resilience. We all recognize the importance of giving children space to feel angry, sad, or frustrated. This book teaches that it is also crucial to give kids the skills to move on from those emotions, when they’re ready. Verbal affirmations and soothing embodied practices are paired with simple, brightillustrations. Everyone from toddlers to grown-ups will find strength in this book.
— Kara, Wild Rumpus
A stunningly illustrated guide to simple affirmations for young children, building self-esteem and confidence.
When you are feeling scared of something new, Stand tall, Put your hands on your hips, and say:
I Am Brave!
This brightly hand-lettered board book empowers young readers to lift themselves up! Ten relatable emotions are each followed by a centering exercise and a positive affirmation to be recited, as a practice in mindfulness. Young readers are encouraged to find their inner strength by recognizing and addressing their emotions, instilling a sense of power and self-confidence.
About the Author
Bela Barbosa has been an early childhood educator for 9 years. She has taught mindfulness in her classroom and has worked with local social workers in social skills groups for children with special needs. Bela recently earned both her yoga teacher and wellness champion certifications. She is currently the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) consultant at a 12-classroom preschool for ages 2-5, bringing her expertise to all children and staff. Bela lives in Northern New Jersey. This is her first book.
Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who has exhibited internationally with shows across North America and Europe. Inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, cultural displacement, and mortality. His work speaks truth to power in the American tradition of the First Amendment and freedom of the press. Throughout his career, Edel has created artwork for numerous clients, including mega brands like Nike, MTV, and Pepsi, and various publications such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and The New Yorker. Some of Edel's work can be seen at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., as well as in private collections across the country, but you're most likely to see his work circulating online via reposts from his fans worldwide.