Books

Big BreathWhat parent doesn’t want to give their kids tools to comfort themselves in the midst of a rough day or to wind down before bed? The author of Big Breath sought to translate his experience of meditation — helping him staying calm in the midst of overwhelm, learning to let go of thoughts that churned in his head, and access core bravery and resilience — in a way that would empower kids. Here, with illustrator Brittany Jacobs, William Meyer has done just that. Meyer’s simple gentle prompts, alongside Jacobs’ wonderful illustrations, make meditation as appealing as a game. As kids close their eyes and find “a comfy spot,” they are guided to stretch out and relax their bodies and to feel and picture their breath. Ocean waves? The wind before a storm? Can they picture their thoughts? Big or small, loud or quiet? Subsequent guidance allows kids to play with, rather than be controlled, by their thoughts. They learn to handle their worries, calm their fears, and build life-long resilience.

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Public libraries need to offer relevant, exciting, and stimulating learning centers that appeal to kids. This book is a step-by-step guide for creating affordable and effective educational programs for children and youth by focusing on one simple concept: play.

 

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KrakenIt’s no big surprise that the Kraken has no friends, but he is TIRED OF IT. With a bad temper and a knack for destruction, his talent for meeting new fish is…not so seaworthy. He finds hope when another monster of the deep, a Great White Shark, offers him some RULES FOR MAKING FRIENDS. Will these rules help the most terrifying monster of the deep make a new chum?

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Printable Materials:

Kraken Bookmarks   Kraken Coloring Page 1   Kraken Coloring Page 2     Kraken Coloring Page 3

Kraken Reviews/News:

The Picture Book Review

Interview with Literary Agent, Clelia Gore

Bergers Book Review

The Classy Chic’s Blog Review


Hello, sixth grade! Mia Lee is a stop-motion filmmaker with a wheelchair and a lot of sass, trying to survive her new middle school.

Written by disability advocate, Melissa Shang, along with her sister, Eva, and illustrated by yours truly.

 

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