Relaxations: Big Tools for Little Warriors
Mamen Duch, Author
Raúl Nieto Guridi, Illustrator
Magination Press, Jun. 4, 2018
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Breathing, Relaxation, Mindfulness, Concentration
Synopsis: Relaxations is a guide on mindfulness techniques for children ages 4 to 8. Creative metaphors work to help children achieve a state of calm and concentration through breathing, relaxation, and visualization. This book uses gentle affirmations to improve and enhance confidence, self-esteem, concentration, and creativity!
Bee Still: An Invitation to Meditation
Frank J. Sileo, Author
Claire Keay, Illustrator
Magination Press, Aug. 13, 2018
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Meditation, Mindfulness, Soothing feelings
Synopsis: Bentley the bee lives in a busy, bustling hive. One day, when the other bees rush out to make honey, Bentley decides to meditate first. The other animals are curious about what Bentley is doing — so he teaches them how he uses meditation to focus, feel calm, and soothe difficult feelings.
Just like adults, children can benefit from turning off electronic devices and being present to what is happening to them in the moment. Bee Still is a child-friendly introduction to meditation.
Why I like these books:
Children and parents will fall in love with both charming books. The world can be a noisy place for young minds. These books are great resources that help children cultivate a little more peace in their lives and learn to just “be.” Each book offers practical approaches to applying the skills of mindfulness and compassion to live with more wonder, love and joy. The books are nicely paired because of their unique perspectives.
Learning to relax and meditate is a quiet activity that children and parents can do together — even if it is only for five minutes a day. All family members can benefit in this age of social media and electronic devices. It is quality time spent together.
The illustrations in each book are stunning. The artwork in Relaxations is simple and bold. In Bee Still, the artwork is whimsically detailed and stunning.
Resources: Both books contain a guide for simple meditation and exercises for young readers at the end in a Note to Parents.
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*Review copies of both books were provided by the publisher.