Yoga, breathing, counting to four and even writing in a journal are all ways that kids can learn to be mindful. Publishers are keeping young readers and mindfulness in mind as they offer a few new books that remind kids different ways to think of themselves, the Earth and those around them.
A Stone Sat Still, by Brendan Wenzel
From the writer of They All Saw a Cat comes another book about perspective. This one serves as an understanding of how a solid, unmoving object can be different things to different creatures. It ends with a question to think of such a place in your own life.
Breathing Makes It Better, by Christopher Willard & Wendy O’Leary
With mantras and reminders of when it can be hard to be yourself – when you feel stress about school work, or bigger kids, or uncomfortable situations – the book teaches kids that sometimes all they need is a breath. There are also exercises about different kinds of breathing to try and slowing down your mind to breathe.
Bad Day, by Ruby Roth
A bumpy car ride, a lumpy sock, a lost spoon and a yell-y teacher are enough to spark a bad day in anyone. For our hero, he has to learn which feelings to feel and is it a bad day or can he make it good. Learning and discovering feelings is a first step toward mindfulness, as is the discovery of turning a frown upside down.
Who Wet My Pants, by Bob Shea
Nope. This isn’t a potty training book. The mindfulness message might be a little hidden behind the humor of a bear with a wet bottom, but remaining kind to friends even in their darkest, embarrassing hour is all about mindfulness, too. Empathy for yourself and others is a key to mindfulness, and pants wetting is a funny, perfect example.
I Am Love, A Book of Compassion, by Susan Verde
In a book that describes what love is – being present, comfort, gentle – included is a testament to taking care of me. To help others, we also have to understand ourselves, the book says, and includes yoga poses to help open the heart.
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