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Meditation For Kids

I mean to start meditating, but of course it’s the starting that’s a tad challenge. This little book of different meditations geared for little kids between ages 4-8 is the perfect starter for kids and adults. The 40 different exercises are unique, fun, silly and yet serious at times. Each meditation comes with cute artwork to help you visualize that particular meditation.

If you need to break out your creative, little kid side then I recommend this book. As adults we are focusing on being serious so much of the time we forget to know how to play and let go of our adult stresses. I think my favorite meditation in this book is the one on the topic of anger where you pretend to throw down potatoes that are too, hot (think of the game hot potato as a kid) then stomp on them to turn them into mashed potatoes.

I received my complimentary copy of Meditation For Kids by Tejal Patel from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. Even though I’m an adult with no children I find these books on meditation for kids is perfect for those of us late to the meditation lifestyle. Simple doesn’t mean dumbed down. Go grab a copy to begin your meditation journey.

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The Story Of Harriet Tubman

I know some basics about Harriet Tubman, but if you are looking for little intro biography on her, then I recommend picking up a copy of, The Story Of Harriet Tubman. This short biography gives a nice overview of Harriet’s life from birth to death. I had no idea her family nickname for her was Minty, but once she escaped to freedom she changed her name to Harriet. I never knew she was married prior to helping with the Underground Railroad, but then down the line her husband remarried since he didn’t leave with her, so she ended up remarrying. In Harriet’s later years she opened up a home for the elderly and poor. This book brought her to life in a fascinating way.

This book features Jump In The Think Tank, a side blurb that gives you a topic within the story to think about regarding your own life and how you may be able to relate to Harriet. Also, has the When feature which provides a timeline of events to see where you are at in the story. There is also, a Myth & Fact section to help you determine what is true. I like that bigger vocabulary words are bolded and of course there’s a nice glossary at the back to help know what those words mean.

I received my complimentary copy of The Story Of Harriet Tubman by Christine Platt from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. This Biography for young readers inspires me to go read an in-depth biography of Harriet Tubman.

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What Is Empathy?

Empathy is a trait you learn by example. In, What Is Empathy, best friends Ava and Sofia learn what empathy is when Sofia has to move away from Ava. With that life change Ava makes a new friend, but this new friend wants to hog their friendship, so Sophia is left out. Will Ava and Sofia make amends? This story is told from both their perspectives.

This middle grade book brought up my own memories of being bullied in elementary school. If bullying is a trigger for you, as an adult, then you may want to tread gently. Even though it is a simple book for kids on what empathy is and how they can reflect it in their lives, the examples of bullying in the story are realistic.

It’s strange how you can recall incidents as if it happened yesterday. I recall as a kindergartener/1st grader the older kids would pick me up and not put me down when I nicely asked. I was small for my age. One time I visited my old school the other kids thought I was there to visit the Kindergarten class. Another time in second grade an older boy almost beat me up at school, but the kid whose grandmother’s house I stayed at after school rescued me. Even in junior high I got asked why I didn’t shave yet. I was 12. Calm down. Needless to say kids and teens can bullies.

I received my complimentary copy of What Is Empathy by Amanda Morin and John Joseph from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. This picture book is a great book to add to your child’s school classroom or personal home library. It makes a great conversation starter and I’d say it affective for any age group, young or old.

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Wonderful You

In times that are scary and nerve racking I recommend picking up this slim, little gem of a book next month. Wonderful You provides great quotes throughout with different styles of artwork on each page. The book is broken up into different themes. This book had me smiling, laughing and nodding in agreement on some of the quotes.

I received my complimentary copy of Wonderful You by Carin Rockind from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. I loved this little quote book. It cheered me up. One thing on a later edition of it would be neat if the pages were perforated so that you could hang up your favorite pages to decorate with.

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Bedtime Meditations For Kids

I’ve wanted to dive into meditation for the past few years. I’ll admit the idea of it is a tad daunting. When I saw this book available to review I thought well if it’s geared for kids then it will be less intimidating for an adult. Bedtime Meditations For Kids is an adorable picture book filled with cute artwork to accompany each meditation. The different meditations are fun, silly and perfect to practice along side your child, or child you are taking care of (niece, nephew, step-child, grandchild, etc).

I received my complimentary copy of Bedtime Meditations For Kids by Cory Cochiolo,MA, CHt from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. If you are looking for a book that is a fun introduction to meditating with kids then this is just the right book. I found the artwork to be fun, playful and it definitely brings out the little kid in you.

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The Story Of Frida Kahlo

Do you love biographies? Do you have a kid in your life who loves them too? If so, then this gorgeous chapter book is perfect. I have read a little bit about the artist Frida Kahlo, but this mini biography is informative, has cute artwork and the style of writing isn’t dumbed down.

This book features Jump In The Think Tank, a side blurb that gives you a topic within the story to think about regarding your own life and how you may be able to relate to Frida. Also, has the When feature which provides a timeline of events to see where you are at in the story. There is also, a Myth & Fact section to help you determine what is true. I like that bigger vocabulary words are bolded and of course there’s a nice glossary at the back to help know what those words mean.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist from the early 1900’s who struggled with health challenges, but didn’t let that her stop her from drawing for artwork. Her story is one of courage and standing out. Frida was a woman ahead of her time.

I received my complimentary copy of The Story Of Frida Kahlo by Susan B. Katz from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. If you love artwork, biographies, women empowerment books this little gem would make a great gift for a special child in your life. Even as an adult I enjoyed this informative chapter book.