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An open journal with the word 'Wellness' written inside using felt-tip pen and a pair of hands drawing pictures of a heart, a scale, a jogger, apples and yoga.

To reserve any of the following books on mindfulness for parents/carers and children to your local library, click on the links to reserve them from our online catalogue, visit any of our libraries, or contact us on 01473 351249 or help@suffolklibraries.co.uk

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I Breathe, by Susie Brooks, Cally Johnson-Isaacs

"Becky and Ben buzz and hum like busy bees, Alice snuffles like a bouncy bunny and Lulu roars like a brave lion. They learn to be calm, peaceful, free and strong. With yoga, every breath takes them on an adventure - and you can join in."

Taking Time, by Jo Loring-Fisher

"Taking time to listen to a bird's song on the breeze. Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free. Taking time to imagine the deep sounds of the sea. Taking time to cherish you ... and cherish me. This poem is inspired by principles of mindfulness and invites children around the world to experience the wonders of nature and home."

Your Mind is Like The Sky, Bronwen Ballard, Laura Carlin

"Your mind is like the sky. Sometimes it's clear and blue - but sometimes a raincloud thought comes along and makes everything seem dark. So what can we do about rainclouds? This beautiful picture book, written by child psychologist Bronwen Ballard and illustrated by award-winning artist Laura Carlin, shows children that worries and negative thoughts are normal and helps them develop healthy thinking habits. Tips on mindfulness and extra resources for parents are included at the back of the book."

Stars before bedtime: a mindfull fall-asleep book, Claire Grace, Jessamy Hibberd

"'Stars Before Bedtime' is the perfect fall-asleep book. Calming relaxation exercises are seamlessly woven into the magical stories about the glittering night sky to help children settle before drifting off to sleep."

Slow down: bring calm to a busy world with 50 nature stories, Rachel Williams

"All around us, nature is turning, growing and working. Every day, hour by hour, magical transformations happen right in front of you. But it's not always easy to see them. Discover 50 nature stories, paused just long enough for you to watch them unfold. Then go outside and explore and see what you find when you take the time to slow down."

M is for Mindfulness, by Carolyn Suzuki

"An illustrated, gentle introduction to the concepts of mindfulness, such as the importance of being aware of your body and its sensations, and being aware of your breathing. In an increasingly anxious, stressful world, this book is a little oasis of calm and reflection."

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, by Béatrice Alemagna & Jill Davis

"All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game, but my mum says it's a waste of time. The game drives my mum mad. She takes it away. I take it back. I wish Dad had come with us on this rainy, grey weekend. Without my game, nothing is fun. On the other hand, maybe I'm wrong about that."

Are We There Yet?, by Dan Santat

"The car trip to Grandma's house is taking forever. Are We There Yet? explores the amazing possibilities of imagination on a long, boring car journey, as time slows down so much that it starts going backwards. Featuring dinosaurs, ancient Egyptians, knights and pirates, this is one amazing journey through the imagination."

Happy, by Nicola Edwards & Kate Hickey

"This poetic journey to a place of happiness and calm will inspire and empower your child to enjoy the practice of mindfulness."

Mental Well-being and Mindfulness, by Katie Woolley & Ryan Wheatcroft

"You can't see mental wellbeing but you can feel it. Your mental wellbeing is all about how you think and feel. Some people call it 'mental health' or 'emotional wellbeing'.

"Having good mental health doesn't mean being happy all the time. We all experience feelings of anger, sadness, fear and frustration. These feelings are perfectly normal. Mental wellbeing comes from finding positive ways to manage these feelings as you grow and develop.

"This simply written title explores what mental health is, why it is important and ways to deal with some mental health problems such as stress and anxiety."

Harry in a Hurry, by Timothy Knapman & Gemma Merino

"Harry in a Hurry is Timothy Knapman and Gemma Merino's unique twist on the well-loved Aesop's Fable, 'The Tortoise and the Hare'.

"Harry the Hare is always in a hurry - he's not even sure why! He eats fast and talks fast - and if he's riding on his speedy scooter then you'd better watch out! But when Harry accidentally hurries his way into the local pond, and Tom the Tortoise fishes him out, Harry is forced to take a leaf out of Tom's book and slow right down. In doing so he not only finds a new friend, but enjoys a whole new world of experiences."

Calm: mindfulness for kids, by Wynne Kinder

"Teach your kids how to focus their thoughts and notice the world around them with this fun mindfulness kids activity book. Mindfulness activities are a great way to teach children about their thoughts and feelings and how to understand them - while having fun at the same time. This book is packed with activities - make a mindfulness jar, learn how to appreciate food with mindful eating, and get out into nature and explore the outside world."

Little Boat, by Taro Gomi

"When you're small and on the go, there's a lot to watch out for: big boats, waves, rain clouds, and more! But Little Boat can handle whatever comes his way, braving the elements and the unexpected with his initiative, confidence, and positive attitude."

You're Snug with Me, by Chitra Soundar & Poonam Mistry

"At the start of winter, two bear cubs are born, deep in their den in the frozen north. ‘Mama, what lies beyond here?’ they ask. ‘Above us is a land of ice and snow.’ ‘What lies beyond the ice and snow?’ they ask. ‘The ocean, full of ice from long ago.’ And as they learn the secrets of the earth and their place in it, Mama Bear whispers, ‘You’re snug with me.’"

Mayfly Day, by Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross

"Mayfly might have only one day to live, but she enjoys every moment, observing all the life around her, and rejoicing in her own. As she soars over the sky at dawn, she bathes in the golden light and dances to the music of the universe."

ABC Mindful Me, by Christiane Engel

"See each letter of the alphabet paired with a word that teaches young children important mindfulness topics, like compassion, breathing, empathy, gratitude, and kindness."

If I Was a Banana, by Alexandra Tylee & Kieran Rynhart

"This boy's-eye-view of the everyday brings alive all the wonder and oddity of the world inside our own heads. It captures the magic that a child can find in common objects and day-to-day encounters - bananas, clouds, toys, breakfast, stars. Each of these simple things sparks a new train of thought, and the results is a gorgeous mix of the poetic and prosaic which will touch the child - and the heart - in all of us."