I Remember My Breath: Mindful Breathing for All My Feelings

Free Spirit. Jan. 2023. 36p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781631985713.
PreS-Gr 2–Two children, one presenting white and the other with tan skin, demonstrate simple mindful breathing techniques and imagery to help calm and center themselves. When a child feels worried, they remember their breath and imagine the wind blowing the “what-ifs” away. A nervous child remembers their breath and imagines a net to catch the butterflies in their stomach and set them free. The pacing of the text is excellent, with the spreads detailing emotions moving quickly, while those describing breath read more slowly, subtly inviting readers to breathe along and imagine their breath as well. An afterword “for caring adults” explains how the book came about and emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness. The author also includes activities adults may want to share with children to help identify their feelings and how they choose to act on them.
VERDICT For story hours or classroom use, this is a calming and reassuring read that demonstrates mindful breathing in a way that will resonate for many children. Recommended where books on mindfulness and social emotional learning are in demand.

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