2 Minute Review — I Am Human: A Book Of Empathy

Want a 2 Second Review? Skip to the Bottom Line section at the end of the post!

History

Readability

  • Pages: 32
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Grades: Pre-3

Creativity

  • Theme: There’s nothing but truth in advertising here: This is a book of empathy. It’s all about feelings.
  • Words: The sentences are so simple and straightforward, which makes each word even more powerful.
  • Images: The artwork has a wonderful balance of color. It’s both bold and soft at the same time. The lines flow, and feeling oozes from each drawing. The main character drawn is also a child of color, which adds elements of diversity inclusion, which I love.

Bottom Line

  • Bye, Buy, or Borrow: Buy! There’s a reason this is a bestseller. It’s an all-around amazing book with a positive message that’s easy to read and understand at almost any age. It’s brilliant. It’s the kind of book I wish I’d written. It’s beautiful in the best ways – a great piece to keep on a bookshelf for years to come, just an arm’s length away when you need a pick-me-up on a tough day.
  • Bonus: Both creators, author Susan Verde and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, have loads of other projects out there. While I haven’t reviewed any of them yet, with a book this good in their collections, they’re probably worth a look!