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Alphabreaths Too

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Mindfulness is made easy in this adorable picture book. With the assistance of a professional psychologist, Willard has taken each letter of the mindfulness and paired it with a simple concept to introduce young learners to mindfulness. 

Tackling all five SEL core competencies, it touches on self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills.  The simple illustrations and simple rhyming text are a great way to open conversations between adults and young readers on what the different words mean to them and how to incorporate them into daily life. The best part is being able to try the different breathing techniques together. It would be a great thing to do as a family, discussing them and then practicing them during different situations. 

This story was both entertaining and educational, which can be a tricky balance to maintain in a children’s book, and I will be suggesting it to teachers whenever possible. Incorporating social-emotional skills and topics such as this into children's picture books is a tried and true way to teach an important life skill in a way that is fun. This would be an amazing addition for classroom libraries, counselling offices and more.
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This one combines a stellar introduction and lesson of the ABCs with a principle we don’t see too often in children’s literature – that of mindfulness. From astronauts, bunnies, chocolate, fireworks, Kites, islands, and more – this one will have your little one mastering the ABCs with as much fun as possible. Bonus: the little girl on the cover is just about the cutest ever.
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I adore this children's book.  Having an anxious child, myself I found this book a great way to make relaxation fun for us both.  We used to struggle when I would instruct them to breath in and out.  They always looked at me like I was crazy.  Now we can read the book and pick out our favorite breathing examples and try them out.  When one of us finds ourselves needing a moment, we mention our favorite one.  

The illustrations are cute, and the descriptions are easy to understand and mimic.  This is something that can be helpful in many ways.  I would recommend this book. 

Thank you NetGalley for the arc.
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I adore this children's book listing A to Z breathing techniques for relaxation.  Great for all ages with beautiful illustrations.
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What an awesome ABC book. Our toddler loved it and the illustrations are great. We really enjoyed reading during the day and using it as a learning lesson and then also could use it for quieter times near end of the day.,
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I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. A great alphabet book and a book about breathing too.
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Loved this one just as much as the first. This will be a great tool to use throughout storytimes to help calm a group of kiddos. Plus, the art is just fantastic
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a simple writing style that makes the book easy to understand and adorable, vibrant illustrations that are pleasing to the eye all make up a fun tool to teach kids of all ages the importance of mindfulness. i especially liked the love breath and the universe breath. incredibly clever! *thank you, netgalley, for the eARC!*
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I love that there's another Alphabreaths resource! This book can be a good companion for Alphabreaths, but can also stand quite well on its own. When kids are upset, angry, or just need that cool-down time, they also need an option for calming that speaks to them. So many options in this book to reach so many kids!
The illustrations are sweet--good for the younger children. The language works and is very calming. For the little ones though, I might have chosen something more repetitive (or rhyming??) to help them remember what to do when they're in a sticky situation.
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An absolutely beautifully illustrated alphabet book with creative and effective breathing exercises for children (and adults!). It is simple to follow the actions on each page and they are both relaxing and fun. My 6 year old's favorites was "Drawbridge Breath" because we got to do it together and it was silly for her. 

At bedtime, she stretched out big and said, "I am glad we learned about Island Breath, it's perfect for relaxing in bed". Any book that helps a child get some rest is a win for me!
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Alphabreaths Too is a great ABC book that is centred around different forms of breathing to help with children’s mindfulness practice.   This book is so interactive and playful but it also gives kids different ways to think about their breath.  Each letter of the alphabet teaches a simple mindfulness, or compassion-based, practice to help kids focus their thoughts, feel calm, express gratitude, and hold positive feelings for others. I really liked how each type of breath does something else for the kids. 

This is a book that I will want on my classroom shelf for all those mindfulness teaching moments for kids. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Sounds True for the ARC of this!
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This sequel to the wonderful "Alphabreaths" (2019) is very similar to its predecessor - same beautiful style of illustrations, same format of a simple breathing exercise on each page inspired by each letter of the alphabet.  On the one hand, I was hoping for something a bit new and different this time; on the other hand, why mess with a good thing?  I'm not sure that a family or classroom really needs both books, but if you enjoyed the first one and want more of the same, it's worth checking out.  Do note that some of the breaths are essentially repeats from the first book, just with slightly different imagery (e.g. the Ice Breath is now the Museum Breath, 

A handful of the breathing exercises seem a bit forced (e.g. the Pirate Breath asks you to imagine you're a pirate, stand up straight on the inhale, and say "arr!" on the exhale), but others are brilliant (e.g. the Fireworks Breath invites you to imagine your favorite colors while breathing in, and then imagine those colors shooting out your fingertips as you raise your arms and breathe out).  In general, this approach of using fun imagery to introduce mindful breathing is very effective with young children, and the simple wording combined with the colorful, friendly illustrations makes the exercises easy for kids to follow.

Highly recommend picking up this book, or the original "Alphabreaths," to share some valuable tools for relaxation and self-regulation with the young people in your life!
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This alphabet book is perfect for the classroom! What a great way to incorporate literacy and mindfulness. I’d love to see copies for all our elementary teachers.
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What a great book! This book gives a breathing technique for every letter of the alphabet. Each page has a new letter along with a description of the breathing technique and a picture to go along with it!
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WOW - gorgeous illustrations, a simple story that works through the alphabet. It’s the perfect book to help kids wind down for bedtime, and define some fun mindful breaths for when a child is feeling overwhelmed. A must-have!
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Thanks NetGalley for the preview!

This book was clever and so well done! The rhymes were short and cute and will certainly come in handy to teach breathing techniques. Would love to also read the first one!
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NetGalley ARC
Read-Aloud? YES
Tags: mindfulness, breathing, somatic connections

Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen bring us an alphabetic invitation to mindfulness and breathing for littles. Holly Clifton-Brown's charming illustrations bring each letter to life. This title would work well for littles who need some one-on-one coaching, and great for read-aloud with accompanying modeling of these breaths. Highly recommended.
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So beautiful!
What a great way to introduce calming techniques to littles!
These illustrations are beyond words! 100 stars! 
My favorites were the bunny breath, gift breath and vacuum breath!
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This was a charming title with very short and realistic breathing exercises for littles.  I plan on implementing these exercises to correspond with the letter of the week in my story times.  I would recommend this title!
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Wonderfully illustrated & creative book to engage children in focused breathing. Using imagery helps them to tackle more abstract concepts & I see students really enjoying working on breathing strategies using this book.
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