My Mindful Friends aligns with the CASEL competencies of Self Awareness and Self-Management. It is practical and useful for children, teachers, and educators, sharing mindfulness tools, providing examples of breathing techniques, positive self-talk, and other calming strategies.
My Mindful Friends focuses on the ability to understand your emotions, thoughts, and values. Characters notice and accept their feelings and emotions, and then choose a strategy to help them become calm. Sometimes the strategy is a breathing technique, and sometimes it is a positive phrase, showing a growth mindset.
My Mindful Friends shows how each of the characters can manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours positively in different situations through breathing or positive self-talk. Each of the characters show self-discipline and self-motivation.
Teaching Kindness Through Stories
Introducing I Love You to the Treetops.
As an educator, I use books to teach kindness, social emotional learning, empathy, and many more values. I hope that my own books will be used by parents, caregivers, and educators to do the same.
This story was created over 15 years ago as a bedtime tradition with my own daughters. When my husband and I would put our girls to bed, we would say "I love you to . . ." and name something far away. The response was something even farther and we would take turns going back and forth to name something we would "love each other to".
This book shares the vast, unconditional love between a parent, grandparent, or caregiver, and child. Beautifully illustrated by Elizabeth Osborn, this is an endearing book to read with little ones about how far your love for each other reaches.
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How do you measure love? Do you love someone in your family as tall as the trees? As high as the mountains? As far away as the desert? As deep as the ocean? Love is a feeling that can run deep and far. It’s not something that’s easily measured. But we can compare our love to the ends of the earth and beyond.
Certainly, a parent, a grandparent, or a caregiver will love each of their children to infinity and beyond. Love is a sentiment that needs to be cherished, treasured, protected with kindness and caring. Love is beyond a definable measurement.
Angelina Gauthier’s picture book story, I Love You to the Treetops, is a clever way to introduce the very young reader to the infinitesimal measurement of the abstract concept of love. By making simple comparisons to things that young readers can relate to and visualize, like the clouds in the sky, the treetops, and the mountains (and so much more), the author has provided young readers with a fun way to understand the deepest feelings of love.
The colorful illustrations bring a visual concept to the comparisons being made and help the author present her points effectively. The book is also a journey, exploring all the wonders of the world and the universe beyond, as the author effectively makes her comparisons with all that is wonderful in the world.
This is a book to be treasured, much like Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever. The author uses a tender, compassionate way to encourage young readers to understand and appreciate the greatest beauty of all: love.
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
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Review by Kids Lit Book Cafe
A parents' love for their child is infinite, abundant and flows beyond all measure from their heart. I Love You to the Treetops by Angelina Gauthier is a sweet and heartwarming book that portrays that special kind of love that is given, shared and treasured! It is the perfect story to remind children just how much they are dearly loved.
From the steepest waterfall to the deepest ocean to the highest rainbow, this sweet and charming story explores the immeasurable and abounding lengths of one’s love for their child through beautiful scenes of nature and amazing illustrations! This book is guaranteed to fill its readers' hearts with warmth and joy! I read this book to my own children and it has now become a requested favorite in our home!
The marvelous, lively and artistic illustrations are unique in color and style and so pleasing to look at. We enjoyed every beautiful picture that is so wonderfully and carefully detailed on each and every page. We were delighted and fully captivated by every new enchanting destination and journey the story took us on! It felt like we were truly there in that spectacular moment surrounded by every natural habitat! How extraordinary it was to see the excitement and wonder in my children's eyes as we read the story and looked at all the wonderful scenes!
I Love You to the Treetops by Angelina Gauthier is a lovely imaginative story filled with adventure, inspiration and adoration! This unique and special book is so enjoyable and memorable. It filled our hearts with love and feelings of acceptance and security! This classic children’s picture book should be on every child's bookshelf! I Love You to the Treetops by Angelina Gauthier is the most perfect and sweet story to read to your loved ones over and over again to remind them of just how much they are truly loved! Highly recommend this adorable book for all to enjoy!
Artwork by Elizabeth Osborn
If everyone acted just like me,
what kind of world would it be?
What Kind of World Would It Be? encourages kindness, cooperation, generosity, and empathy, and will inspire meaningful dialogue about how to make the world a little kinder. This children’s book about kindness challenges children to reflect on their actions and inspires meaningful discussions about how actions and words impact others. Filled with bright, bold illustrations, What Kind of World Would It Be? shows how simple, daily social interactions such as a kind word, helping hand, or selfless act can have a huge impact on others, and can fill the world with kindness. This engaging book is a valuable addition to every family’s home or teacher’s classroom.
Kindness is one of the most important character traits we can teach our children. Share this essential message with the children in your life by asking, if everyone acted just like me, what kind of world would it be?
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Readers' Favorite announces the review of the book
"What Kind of World Would It Be?"
by Angelina Schafer Gauthier
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Children - Picture Book book "What Kind of World Would It Be?" by Angelina Schafer Gauthier, currently available on Amazon.
“If everyone acted just like me,/ what kind of world would it be?” This is a powerful question, one that deserves a respectful, caring answer. We need to help each other, be kind, show respect, be generous and so much more, all positive. If we provide a positive outlook on life and if we become an example of all that should be good in the world, wouldn’t the world be a better place? A happier, kinder, more caring place? All it takes is a smile, a gentle word, a helping hand, showing respect. If we could all do that, we would have the perfect world in which to live.
Angelina Schafer Gauthier’s picture book story, What Kind of World Would It Be?, is a compassionate, caring look at how we should all work towards making our world a better, kinder place. The author repeats her challenging question, “If everyone acted just like me,/ what kind of world would it be”, throughout the book and provides young readers with a generous list of things they can do to help make our world a better place.
The entire story is cleverly presented in rhyming verse and the illustrations are bright, colorful, and depict children from different cultures. This is a very good way to teach young readers about equity, diversity, and inclusion (the new buzz-words in public education). The message is clear and distinctly presented in multiple examples with many different children from all over the world: we need to be kind to one another, at all times, in all places, regardless of our differences.
For, when you think about it, it’s really our differences that when brought together make us stronger, better, kinder, and more caring. Beautifully told and presented."
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite