Picture Book Review: My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing

My Magic Breath

Title: My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing
Author: Nick Ortner, Alison Taylor & Michelle Polizzi (Illustrator)
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 32
Age Group: Children - any ages
Genre: Picture book

From New York Times bestselling author Nick Ortner comes a beautiful picture book that will help children discover calm through the magic of mindful breathing:

Do YOU have the magic breath?

Let’s see…Take a deeeeeep breath in…and BLOW it out…

…and like magic, you can feel better just by breathing! Sometimes it’s hard to feel happy. But with this interactive picture book, children breathe along as they learn how to make angry or sad thoughts disappear.

In a world that is sometimes too busy, with too many things going on, My Magic Breath will help steer children into a serene space of mindfulness, self-awareness, and balance.

A wonderful classroom and naptime story, this book is perfect for fans of Susan Verde’s I Am Yoga and I Am Peace, Mariam Gates’s Good Night Yoga, and Deborah Underwood’s The Quiet Book.

I didn't realize how much this book could help until I read it with my littles. It is such a great way to introduce and teach children about mindful breathing. This is such a great book for any type of child. Children that get anxious, children that are always rushing and have a tough time transitioning to moments of quiet, in moments of frustration or when they get scared. I have enjoyed using this book with my own littles in a way to show them how to take a mindful breath.

I love the illustrations of this book! They are so colorful and really draw in attention. They also have a calming affect with the flowing colors across the page. It's overall a very calming and visually pleasing book to page through.  

One of my favorite aspects is the versatility of this book. For young children this is just sort of an introduction to mindful breathing. They may not be able to source what is troubling them, but they can still understand taking a big deep breath and letting it go. For older children (and anyone, really) the book talks about finding what is causing the hard feelings and to let them go as they release the breath. I really liked that the book can be used for all ages and dives into all aspects of mindful breathing, not just simply showing how to take a big deep breath. As an adult/parent, I learned from the book as well and practiced with my littles. This is one that I see myself recommending, that would be so beneficial to have on your kids'/kiddo(s) in your life/even your bookshelf.


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