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Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids
Contributor(s): Stewart, Whitney, Peterson, Stacy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0807551449     ISBN-13: 9780807551448
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
Annotation: Introduces children and preteens to mindfulness with over thirty exercises, meditations, and writing prompts intended to help with relaxation, thoughtfulness, anger management, acceptance, kindness, friendship, and citizenship.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Meditation for children; Juvenile literature.
Mindfulness (Psychology); Juvenile literature.
Awareness; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Health & Daily Living | Daily Activities
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: 158.1/2083
LCCN: 2017038022
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.75" W x 0.50" (0.65 lbs) 127 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Whitney Stewart is a children’s book author, meditation teacher, and a born adventurer. She has traveled to Tibet, Nepal, and India and teaches mindfulness at Tulane University and to children and teens. Her most recent children's book is Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and son. Stacy Peterson is a full-time illustrator of greeting cards, magazines, and dozens of books including School RULES, Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them, and The Awesomest, Randomest Book Ever. Formerly, she was an art director at a New York City ad agency. She lives in Texas with her family. 

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
This self-help book offers a "toolbox of mindfulness practices" with directions for meditation exercises, visualization techniques, and other strategies for handling emotions, stress, and negative thinking. Stewart's persistent "MINDFUL ME" branding is distracting, and her tone can be preachy. That said, her descriptions ("Meditation is like a personal pause button") and the black-and-white illustrations are both kid-friendly, and the topics (technology, social media) are timely. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 February)

Gr 3–7—A great guide for middle graders looking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives. The book presents mindfulness as a means of helping young people manage emotion, stress, anxiety, and concentration. Mindfulness and self-care strategies, which are referred to as "Mindful Me Practices," make up the majority of the book's content. This gives it a hands-on, practical perspective. Chapters are divided based on various different contexts for mindfulness, such as emotions, thoughts, actions, and how to be mindful in and out of one's home. Each section features various techniques presented with step-by-step directions, which often includes meditation and breathing exercises, as well as journal prompts for further reflection. Straightforward language and Peterson's kid-friendly drawings make an abstract topic accessible to late elementary and early middle school—aged readers. This volume can serve as a helpful resource to both students and caregivers. VERDICT A practical toolkit for processing emotions through mindfulness techniques and an excellent purchase for schools incorporating mindfulness into their curriculum.—Kathryn Justus, Renbrook School, West Hartford, CT

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.