For all the young humans just learning about the world, A Beginner’s Guide to Being Human, by Matt Forrest Esenwine, is the perfect learning handbook.
This gently written, lovingly rendered book teaches children about what makes a family a family, why kindness is important, and how empathy can bring big results. There are great examples of each concept, like showing kindness through allowing others to move ahead of you in a line, sharing toys, or simply offering someone a smile who looks like they really need it. Children learn how to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, or give someone the benefit of the doubt.
The prose is sweet, patient and encouraging, and the illustrations, by Andre Coelin, are vibrant and lush with color. In fact, the illustrations capture a range of human emotions, like sadness, anger, laughter, pain, and understanding.
Use this book as a starting point for discussions on kindness, love, and what it means to be human. Perfect for pre-school and early elementary students.