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Breathe with Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, and Happy

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gentle tools for kids to connect daily moments to breath.

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Emotions are a wild ride for parents and children, and one of the hardest parts of helping kids with their feelings is helping them identify what those feelings are. Breathe with Me makes figuring out those ever-changing emotions easier for kids, and gives them the tools essential to being in control of their reactions. The language Gates uses is unfussy and kind, making it easy for young readers to see themselves, without judgement, on the pages: A Belly Breath isn’t supposed to mask the cause of sadness, it’s to help the child feel better.

The illustrations by Sarah Jane Hinder are just as much a part of the book as the words. The kids in the book are inclusive and engaging, and, magically capture the changes focused breath can make on a kid’s body and expression. Breathe with Me can help kids see that they aren’t alone in feeling what they feel and can learn how to harness their reactions in positive ways -- a lesson adult readers can learn right along with their children.

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