SLJ Review of The Art of Mindfulness
Moving beyond deep breaths and yoga mats, these titles incorporate mindfulness practices into common middle grade activities like dancing and crafting. It is a clever expansion that builds on a secular understanding of mindfulness and its uses in daily activities to boost mental health.
Readers are encouraged to explore the way they think about daily activities in a deeper way, using specific applications tied to the titular activities. A range of real photographs of children in these books model the ideas present throughout.
VERDICT: These titles make a good addition to public libraries looking to expand their current mindfulness collections to include concrete applications for exploring readers.