A growing number of books for kids explore mindfulness themes like focusing on the breath, self-acceptance, and self-compassion. Here are three new books worthy of your library.
1. The Real Me
This picture book, written by a six-year-old from Blakely, Georgia, is about accepting yourself, flaws and all. Bri’Yonna Sealy wrote it because she wanted “all the little girls in the world,” as the book’s dedication has it, to know that they’re beautiful. Additionally, the first-grader wanted to help people living without homes, so a portion of the proceeds from the book will go to her local church’s food pantry—and guests at her book launch were asked to bring non-perishable goods for donation.
2. Her Body Can
This book bills itself as the first body-positive book for kids. Its authors, a pair of moms from Atlanta, wanted to offer young readers a book full of true diversity. The illustrations depict kids of all races, abilities, and sizes, and the book’s message is that our bodies are amazing just as they are, no matter what.
3. The Breathing Book
Chris Willard and Olivia Weisser’s latest book for kids takes an active, hands-on approach to mindfulness. The Breathing Book is packed with practices and activities that bring the book’s message to life, inviting young readers to notice sights, sounds, and sensations that arise as they explore the practices in its pages.
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