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Calm your worries and build your bravery — or just relax during a busy day or wind down before bed All day long, you breathe — in and out, in and out — without even thinking about it. But did you know that you can play with your breath, use it to take you on an adventure? All you have to do is find a comfy spot and close your eyes. Does your breath sound like ocean waves Calm your worries and build your bravery — or just relax during a busy day or wind down before bed All day long, you breathe — in and out, in and out — without even thinking about it. But did you know that you can play with your breath, use it to take you on an adventure? All you have to do is find a comfy spot and close your eyes. Does your breath sound like ocean waves? Like the wind before a storm or a breeze at the start of spring? Can you feel it all the way down to the tips of your toes? By the time you open your eyes, you might just feel a little lighter, calmer, more relaxed. In Big Breath, William Meyer’s gentle prompts, alongside Brittany R. Jacobs’s wonderful illustrations, make meditation as fun as a game, but with big results.


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Calm your worries and build your bravery — or just relax during a busy day or wind down before bed All day long, you breathe — in and out, in and out — without even thinking about it. But did you know that you can play with your breath, use it to take you on an adventure? All you have to do is find a comfy spot and close your eyes. Does your breath sound like ocean waves Calm your worries and build your bravery — or just relax during a busy day or wind down before bed All day long, you breathe — in and out, in and out — without even thinking about it. But did you know that you can play with your breath, use it to take you on an adventure? All you have to do is find a comfy spot and close your eyes. Does your breath sound like ocean waves? Like the wind before a storm or a breeze at the start of spring? Can you feel it all the way down to the tips of your toes? By the time you open your eyes, you might just feel a little lighter, calmer, more relaxed. In Big Breath, William Meyer’s gentle prompts, alongside Brittany R. Jacobs’s wonderful illustrations, make meditation as fun as a game, but with big results.

30 review for Big Breath: A Guided Meditation for Kids

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was one of those books that after reading the library's copy, I knew I had to have it for myself. It is written beautifully for children, and can benefit adults as well. This was one of those books that after reading the library's copy, I knew I had to have it for myself. It is written beautifully for children, and can benefit adults as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather McC

    Beautifully illustrated, with step by step instructions that encourage the participant to go at his/her own pace. Meditation isn't just for one group - it's for everyone. :) Beautifully illustrated, with step by step instructions that encourage the participant to go at his/her own pace. Meditation isn't just for one group - it's for everyone. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Olson

    Beautiful guided meditation book for the classroom. Lots of great questions to ask your students. Meditation. Mindfulness. Breathing. Calm.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brindi Michele

    I like how this meditation book focuses on kids paying attention to their senses. It really breaks down this practice in an easier way for young ones to understand. A great non-fiction picture book to add to any collection. This would be a fun way to begin story time, or any program for that matter, full-length or shortened a bit for time, in order to calm the kids down so their ready to listen. At the end would work great, too.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    I did not start mediating until I began yoga roughly four years ago. I remember being in my first yoga class and unable to truly unwind and relax enough in order to be present in the moment. It was in that moment that I realized I was letting life take over, I was not present, I was stressed out and not appreciating the tiny moments. It took a lot of practice but eventually I was able to learn how to breathe properly, how to turn my mind off and be present in the moment. This is a skill that I c I did not start mediating until I began yoga roughly four years ago. I remember being in my first yoga class and unable to truly unwind and relax enough in order to be present in the moment. It was in that moment that I realized I was letting life take over, I was not present, I was stressed out and not appreciating the tiny moments. It took a lot of practice but eventually I was able to learn how to breathe properly, how to turn my mind off and be present in the moment. This is a skill that I can not stress enough – life is too hectic and busy to not know how to calm the mind. It can be done anywhere, at any time when needed. This book is beautifully written and illustrated. I read it alone at first and I loved the calming tone of the words. It felt natural, easy to follow, easy to read and fell in a natural progression. I was so excited to practice it with our youngest, who participates in mediation at school but it is not something we do at home on a regular basis. If I am being honest, this is mostly because I don’t know how to help him through the process. After work and soccer practice, we found a quiet space in our basement and sat across from each other. I read the book aloud to him, slowly and with purpose – giving him the time he needed to follow the directions. We did this without any noise but I do remember how much I loved listening to my class instructor walk me through a guided meditation with the sounds of nature in the background. If you think this would be distracting for your child, this may not be the best idea but if you think it will help – go for it. This book was incredibly helpful for me as a parent, it helped give me the skills and words to use to help my child through his meditation. He found it relaxing and helped calm his mind and focus. It also helped bring us closer together, as we spoke about his day and his feelings. This is a definite must have book for parents and their children as we look for ways to bring calm and clarity in a rather crazy busy world!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    I wish I had small children so I could give them this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Great book for helping kids get into meditation, without actually saying the word meditation.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    A great introduction to meditation! Brought back all of the hours of meditation we did for our black belt requirements. Makes me want to find a couple minutes of meditation in my schedule today

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott Cahalan

    The illustration is beautiful. This is a great book to teach young children how to meditate and bring awareness to mindfulness. It is a great book to teach young children how to connect with their body and mind to check into how they are feeling.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received an F&G of this book at an ALA conference.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ranette

    I nice book for children about meditation.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Fun to do with a classroom of kids.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    This book is one of the most successful meditation books I have seen for young people. It promises to be a guided meditation for children and really lives up to that. Both the text and the images work together to carry children through a series of breath and imagery exercises that will lead to calmness and being centered. It is presented as an adventure where you first pay attention to the sound of your breath. You then picture your thoughts and allow them to blow away with your breath like clou This book is one of the most successful meditation books I have seen for young people. It promises to be a guided meditation for children and really lives up to that. Both the text and the images work together to carry children through a series of breath and imagery exercises that will lead to calmness and being centered. It is presented as an adventure where you first pay attention to the sound of your breath. You then picture your thoughts and allow them to blow away with your breath like clouds on the wind. You send your breath into your hands and imagine yourself opening a surprise present. You send your breath into your toes, thinking of all the places you traveled today. Then you let all of that go, and just breathe. This is a book about simple yet profound approaches to meditation that make it fun and friendly. The attention is on the process but also on the way that you feel afterwards. Throughout the book, ties to nature and the way that you fit into nature play across the pages along with the concise yet vibrant instructions. The illustrations really lift this book. Filled with watercolors, they swirl and dance on the page. They offer imagery and lead into the meditation processes with a friendly colorful guidance that also shows that people do things differently and that’s OK. A great book for children on meditation. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tristy at New World Library

    Endorsements: “Each page invites readers to notice the present moment without judging what is or changing it to something else. This is mindfulness. . . . A wonderful read-aloud meditation for the beginner — or the practitioner of beginner’s mind — of any age.” — Kirkus (starred review) “Soothing watercolor illustrations by Brittany R. Jacobs lead children through the process of stripping away the stresses of the day with thoughtful prompts. . . . With a diverse cast of characters and illustrations Endorsements: “Each page invites readers to notice the present moment without judging what is or changing it to something else. This is mindfulness. . . . A wonderful read-aloud meditation for the beginner — or the practitioner of beginner’s mind — of any age.” — Kirkus (starred review) “Soothing watercolor illustrations by Brittany R. Jacobs lead children through the process of stripping away the stresses of the day with thoughtful prompts. . . . With a diverse cast of characters and illustrations portraying everything from rolling hills to city skylines, Big Breath is an easy-to-follow primer on meditation sure to resonate with a wide variety of readers young and old.” — Foreword Reviews “This is a definite must have book for parents and their children as we look for ways to bring calm and clarity in a rather crazy busy world!” — Working Mom Journal

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    I'm really enjoying the boom in meditation/yoga books for kids lately, but I'm not sure this is the best example of the subgenre. Authored by a high school teacher, it's a little... long... for the intended audience. That said, I think it could be great for a children's yoga class or a children's meditation retreat. I'm really enjoying the boom in meditation/yoga books for kids lately, but I'm not sure this is the best example of the subgenre. Authored by a high school teacher, it's a little... long... for the intended audience. That said, I think it could be great for a children's yoga class or a children's meditation retreat.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adria Goetz

    I'm super proud of this book—lovely, whimsical illustrations, peaceful + practical guided meditation. Great for antsy kids who need to calm down before bed, or after a tough day at school when emotions are running high. I'm super proud of this book—lovely, whimsical illustrations, peaceful + practical guided meditation. Great for antsy kids who need to calm down before bed, or after a tough day at school when emotions are running high.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tweller83

    I would have liked this to be just a tad bit longer, but loved it for what it was. Picture book for any possible future grandkids. Can't wait to read it to someone! I would have liked this to be just a tad bit longer, but loved it for what it was. Picture book for any possible future grandkids. Can't wait to read it to someone!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    I liked this one but it was a bit over my preschooler’s head. I think it would be perfect for Kindergarten and up.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Genesis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leah smiley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Quintina

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Marple

  23. 4 out of 5

    Loni

  24. 5 out of 5

    Deb Reddy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Jett

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anantha Natarajan S

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Schmuhl

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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