A Quiet Girl by Peter Carnavas; illustrated by Peter Carnavas. 2020. Ink and watercolor. Published by Pajama Press.
Brief summary: Mary is a quiet girl while observing the world around herself. When it is time for Mary to share, no one can hear her voice. When she tries to speak louder and still nobody hears her, Mary becomes quiet again. No one missed her at the beginning, but then began to frantically look around the house and neighborhood yelling, “MARY!” very loudly. Was Mary there the entire time? How will they see her again?
Comments: This is a book I would share at the beginning of the school year, before vacation, or after a holiday break when the students are very exited and consumed with themselves. I think the story would help them to stop and notice quieter people and things around them they are overlooking.
Mindfulness often needs to be taught.