Friday, April 24, 2015

Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids

Meditation is an Open Sky:  Mindfulness for Kids

Title: Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
Author: Whitney Stewart
Publisher: Albert Whitman

Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Hardcover/Kindle
32 pages

Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you're having a bad day, you 

have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet 

place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will 

learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face 

challenges. They'll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, 

spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and 

mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal 

with the stresses of everyday life.

For More Information

 Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids is available at Amazon.

 Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

 Purchase at Albert Whitman & Company.

 Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Book Excerpt:

You know when you’re having a bad day and nothing seems to go right? You 
have that wobbly feeling inside that makes you scared, sad, and mad all at the 
same time. Well, find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate.

Meditation won’t take away your problems, but it will help you deal with them. 
You’ll learn to watch your feelings pop up and disappear like soap bubbles. 

Read through this book and pick one meditation for today. 
Sit in a chair or cross-legged on a pillow on the floor. 
Keep your back straight but not stiff, and put your hands on your knees or in your lap. 
Close your eyes or keep them slightly open and stare at a spot on the floor. 

Inhale and feel your breath fill up your belly. 
Then breathe out slowly. Continue with slow, full breaths during meditation.

A beautiful book to introduce the concepts of Meditation to young children.
While the concepts are presently simply, this is a book that can grow with a child.
The elephant character will make readers of all ages smile.

This simple meditation book covers reasons for meditating, diffferent feelings of discomfort, 
and ways to find peace within oneself. As you read you will find yourself watching your breathe 
and focusing on pacing breaths slower. There are even suggestions for finding calm so you can comfort a friend.
The book concludes with answers to some common questions beginners have about meditation.

Whitney Stewart grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. 
She published her first award-winning, young adult biography after interviewing the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, the subject of two of her books. She trekked with Sir Edmund Hillary in the Everest region of Nepal; interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon, Burma; and traveled extensively in Asia to research the lives of Deng Xiaoping, Mao Zedong, and Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. She is the author of three middle-grade novels and 
multiple middle-grade nonfiction books, including an unknown tale of Abraham Lincoln and artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter. Her newest picture books include A Catfish Tale, a bayou retelling of the Grimm brothers’ Fisherman and his Wife, and Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids.

For More Information

 Visit Whitney Stewart’s website.

 Connect with Whitney on Facebook and Twitter.

 Find out more about Whitney at Goodreads.

 Visit Whitney’s blog.

 More books by Whitney Stewart.

 Contact Whitney.

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