Your Mind is Like the Sky is an excellent first guide to mindfulness for children. It is written by Bronwen Ballard, illustrated by Laura Carlin and published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.
Describing mindfulness, or what it means to be mindful, can be a bit of a challenge if you are new to it and it takes a bit of work to get used to thinking in a different way. For children especially it’s quite an abstract concept but this book breaks it down in an accessible and engaging way using the analogy of the sky.
The book begins by showing the reader that, just like the sky, sometimes our minds are clear but at other times they are stormy, crackly or grey. Our thoughts are like the clouds that float in and out; sometimes our thoughts are light, fluffy and happy and at other times they are dark, mean and heavy.
Author Bronwen Ballard is a psychologist who teaches mindfulness-based thinking skills in primary schools and she has skillfully created a story that not only reassures children that it’s perfectly normal to have different types of thoughts, but also support them in finding positive ways to deal with those tricky thoughts that stick around and cause problems. The mindfulness techniques in this book open up a toolbox for young people to use to help them with these thoughts and generally feel calmer as they are encouraged to take a look at how and what they think about.
The soft illustrations use colour to display the link between our thoughts and emotions and by cleverly showing the thoughts of the child in the story as outline drawings they make the idea of abstract thoughts more tangible.
With 1 in 8 children and young people having a diagnosable mental health problem this is a timely and incredibly useful book that is sure to help children and adults in dealing with their thoughts and being more mindful. There are some really helpful notes for grown ups in the back of the book too to support our own knowledge of mindfulness.
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This book was gifted to us by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for the purpose of a review but all opinions are our own.
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