Thoughts Are Air

by Michael Arndt (Author) Irena Freitas (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A beautiful and timely book for anyone who needs a little inspiration to turn their dreams into reality.

When a trio of friends happen upon a neighborhood tree falling into decay, an idea catches hold. But what makes a dream become a plan, and how does a plan lead to a brighter tomorrow? With deceptively simple verse, Thoughts Are Air brilliantly links thoughts, words, and actions to the water cycle. Just as air becomes water becomes solid matter, thoughts become words become actions. The comparison is subtle yet powerful--air condensing into matter; ideas condensing into doing something that matters. Completely unique and utterly accessible, this is a book to inspire curiosity and spark change-making ideas in readers young and old.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--A young white girl (in an all-white world, beyond the tan skin of a teacher) transforms her thoughts into actions as she engages her community in environmental activism. With expressive lines and a motif of flowers, leaves, and other natural elements to capture the flow of ideas coming from the main character's mind, the illustrations will engage young readers. There is a disconnect between the art and the text that makes for a clunky read; this call to action is abstract, forcing the illustrations to carry the burden of storytelling alone. VERDICT While there is potential for this book to be used to engage in a classroom discussion on the nature of ideas, community engagement, and environmental stewardship, adults will have to work to help students make the connections.--John Scott, Friends Sch. of Baltimore

Copyright 2021 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt is an author-illustrator and graphic designer. He lives in New York City.

Irena Freitas is an award-winning illustrator. She lives in Brazil.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Dial Books
Publication date
May 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV029000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | General
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Library of Congress categories
Thought and thinking

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