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About Gabi Garcia
Gabi Garcia is a mama, licensed professional counselor, and picture book author. She spent over 20 years working with students K-12 as a teacher and later as a school counselor in the public schools.
Gabi is the author of I Can Do Hard Things, Listening to My Body, Listening with My Heart, Mateo Finds His Wow, Find Your Calm, and The Friend I Need.
She writes books that support parents and educators in nurturing mindful, socially, and emotionally aware children. All of her books are available in Spanish.
Visit gabigarciabooks.com to access free downloadable resources to accompany all her books.
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Kindness matters! Especially with ourselves.
When Esperanza finds a heart-shaped rock, she sees it as a reminder to spread kindness and love in the world. But when the school play doesn’t go the way she’d hoped, will she remember to show it to herself?
We talk to kids a lot about how to be friends to others, but not much about how to be friends to themselves. Yet self-acceptance and positive self-talk help them build emotional resilience, growth mindset, and well-being.
Listening with my Heart reminds us of the other golden rule-- to treat ourselves with the same understanding and compassion we give to others. It also touches on the universal themes of friendship and empathy. Includes kid-friendly mindfulness and self-compassion activities.
A wonderful addition to any home or school library! Free resources to accompany this book can be found at http://bit.ly/gabigarciabooksheart.
(Available in Spanish as: Escuchando con mi Corazón.)
Big emotions can be overwhelming!
Help your child build on their capacity to engage more mindfully, self-regulate, and develop emotional resilience.
Listening to my Body is an engaging and interactive book that guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them. Learning to tune into their bodies and do this, is a foundation for self-regulation.
From wiggly and squirmy to rested and still, Listening to My Body helps children develop a sensations vocabulary so that they can express what they are experiencing. It includes kid-friendly activities woven throughout the book to reinforce the teachings.
Listening to My Body is a wonderful social-emotional tool for parents, counselors and teachers!
(Available in Spanish as Escuchando a Mi Cuerpo.)
What kids tell themselves matters! It becomes their inner voice. It can help them connect with their power within.
Help your child tap into their inner strength and resilience when challenges arise.
I Can Do Hard Things introduces children to the practice of using mindful affirmations for support and encouragement when they need it.
It reflects the beautiful diversity in our world.
I Can Do Hard Things is a perfect addition to your home or school social-emotional library.
Parents and educators can find free resources to accompany this book at http://bit.ly/gabigarciabooks.
(Available in Spanish as Yo Puedo Hacer Cosas difíciles: Afirmaciones Conscientes Para Niños).
It’s tough being a kid sometimes.
The pressures they feel are real. Unfortunately, so is the negative self-talk that can sometimes follow when they make mistakes or when emotions are strong. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Most children have probably spent time in school or at home learning how to be good friends to others, but what about learning to be good friends to themselves?
The Friend I Need helps children understand that the same qualities they look for in a friend— kindness, support, understanding, they can offer to themselves when they’re having a hard time.
Learning to be a friend to themselves helps children build emotional resilience, growth mindset, and well-being.
A perfect addition to your home or school social-emotional library! Parents and educators can find FREE downloadable activities to accompany this book at gabigarciabooks.com.
The Friend I Need is part of the Growing Hearts & Minds picture book series that supports children in developing a caring and compassionate understanding of themselves and their emotions.
(Available in Spanish as La Amistad Que Necesito.)
“Anxiety can feel big and powerful. It can show up suddenly, without warning.”
For many kids, anxiety can be overwhelming.
Anxiety is not just a cognitive experience. When children feel anxious, their bodies respond physically to a perceived threat. They need to feel a sense of safety before being able to figure out what to do next.
Your child can follow along as the young narrator practices strategies that help keep the anxiety from taking over.
Find Your Calm is a wonderfully accessible book that teaches children how to tap into their sense of safety when anxiety sends a false alarm, so they can find their calm. Includes simple grounding activities for children to practice.
Parents and educators can find downloadable resources to accompany this book at gabigarciabooks.com.
(Available in Spanish as Encuentra Tu Calma).
Everywhere she went these days Amaya seemed to frown and furrow.
Everyone always tells Amaya that she’s angry, but is that it? After spending time baking with her Tia, Amaya discovers that there are other emotions bubbling beneath her anger.
Amaya’s Anger helps kids understand that anger doesn’t show up alone—there are usually other emotions beneath it. Identifying and expressing these underlying emotions is key to managing anger appropriately!
Amaya’s Anger is part of the Growing Hearts & Minds picture book series. It's a perfect addition to your home or school social-emotional library!
Ever since his family moved, Santiago didn’t feel like doing much.
“Moving isn’t a big deal,” he told himself, but after meeting Lucia at his new school, Santiago begins to understand that it’s okay to feel sad.
Slowly, Santiago begins to unpack his sadness and learns that the dark clouds will be followed by sunshine again.
Santiago’s Sadness helps kids understand that ignoring sadness or judging themselves for feeling it, doesn’t make it go away. Instead, they can learn to make room for sadness by paying attention to it and getting the support they need.
Santiago’s Sadness is part of the Growing Hearts & Minds picture book series. It’s a perfect addition to your home or school social-emotional library!
¡Los niños aprenden lo que practican!
Un libro atractivo e interactivo que introduce a los niños a la práctica de notar y nombrar sus sentimientos y las sensaciones físicas que los acompañan. Ayuda a los niños a desarrollar su capacidad para ser conscientes, autorregularse y desarrollar resiliencia emocional.
¡Escuchando a Mi Cuerpo es un maravilloso recurso para padres, consejeros y maestros!
Visite bit.ly/gabigarciabooks para encontrar recursos gratuitos que acompañan este libro.
¡Lo que te dices vale!
Las afirmaciones consientes se convierten en tu voz interna. Te conectan con lo que necesitas oír.
Ayude a si hijo encontrar su fuerza interna y el estímulo que necesita.
Yo Puedo Hacer Cosas Dificiles es un complemento perfecto para la biblioteca de su hogar o escuela. Padres y maestros pueden encontrar recursos gratuitos que acompañan este libro en http://bit.ly/gabigarciabooks.
(Disponible en ingles come I Can Do Hard Things)
“La ansiedad puede sentirse grande y poderosa. Puede aparecer inesperadamente, sin previo aviso.”
Para muchos niños, puede ser abrumadora.
La ansiedad no es solo una experiencia cognitiva. Cuando los niños se sienten ansiosos, sus cuerpos responden físicamente a una amenaza percibida. Necesitan sentir una sensación de seguridad antes de poder decidir qué hacer.
El lector puede seguir a la joven narradora a lo largo que practica lo que le ayuda a ella para que la ansiedad no se apodere.
Encuentra tu Calma es un libro hermoso y accesible que enseña a los niños como acceder su sensación de seguridad cuando la ansiedad envía una falsa alarma, para que puedan encontrar su calma.
Incluye actividades de atención para practicar.
An attitude of gratitude is a powerful thing!
It’s raining on Saturday morning and Mateo is bored and cranky.
He can’t find anything to do… except make a list of things he can’t do.
He sits, he sulks. His brain feels stuck.
Readers can follow along as Mateo discovers that appreciating what’s right in front of him can help turn the page on a grumpy day.
Nurturing gratitude helps support your child’s happiness, well-being, and growth mindset.
Mateo Finds His Wow is a wonderful addition to your home or school social-emotional library. Parents and educators can find free downloadable resources to accompany this book at https://www.gabigarciabooks.com/mateo-finds-his-wow/.
(Available in Spanish as Mateo Encuentra Su Wow).
Spanish language translation of Listening with My Heart
Cuando Esperanza encuentra una piedrita en forma de corazón, ella la ve como un recordatorio para difundir la bondad y el amor en el mundo. Pero cuando la obra de la escuela no sale como ella había imaginado, ¿recordará a darse amor y bondad a sí misma?
En el mundo competitivo de hoy en día, los niños a menudo internalizan el mensaje de que su valor está ligado a sus logros y que no cumplirlos es algo de lo que debería avergonzarlos, en vez de ser parte de la vida normal. Esto puede llevarlos a una conversación de autocrítica interna.
Escuchando con Mi Corazón nos recuerda de la otra regla de oro: tratarnos a nosotros mismos con la misma amabilidad y bondad que le damos a los demás.
Escuchando con mi Corazón es un bello libro que toca los temas universales de amistad, empatía y autocompasión.
Incluye ejercicios de autocompasión y mindfulness para niños. ¡Escuchando con mi Corazón es una maravillosa adición a cualquier biblioteca de la casa o la escuela!