The Art of Mindfulness
Series of 4 titles
Whether you enjoy writing, performing, dancing, or cooking, making art can be healing and rewarding. Creating art can help relieve stress and increase mindfulness. With its reader-friendly and interactive approach, The Art of Mindfulness introduces readers to a variety of artistic activities to mindfully engage in, while emphasizing social and emotional learning (SEL). With how-to projects and step-by-step instructions, readers will learn to recognize and reflect on how mindful awareness through art can help them manage stress and increase focus in their lives.
Try This! and Grow with Goals activities in each title help readers actively reflect on the subject matter and set their own goals to promote growth mindset. Each title includes sidebars, helpful hints, tips for educators and caregivers, a table of contents, glossary, and index.
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.