Just Be You: Ask Questions, Set Intentions, Be Your Special Self, and More
Just Be You: Ask Questions, Set Intentions, Be Your Special Self, and More
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Annotation: Teach your kids how to understand their emotions and communicate in a healthy and productive way with this full-color gu... more
Catalog Number: #6658728
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Running Press
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Illustrator: Vaughan, Brenna,
Pages: xi, 107 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7624-7122-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-7624-7122-5
Dewey: 155.2
LCCN: 2020941902
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
An approachable guide for building social-emotional growth and mindfulness skills in kids and young teens.Broken into four parts—“Who Am I?”; “What Do I Want?”; “How Can I Serve?”; and “What Am I Grateful For?”—this book offers tools for youth to better understand themselves and to put themselves in charge of what kind of people they want to be. Each section provides an accessible variety of centering activities that require minimal time and supplies, such as breathing exercises, connecting with one’s name, learning about religions, dream journaling, setting intentions, and discovering what brings them joy, to name a few. Each activity comes with guidelines on “time needed” and “location” to perform it along with necessary materials, if any; many are delightfully open-ended: “As long as you want, and over and over again!” Noteworthy in its inclusive approach, this recognizes a variety of experiences and how one’s life is influenced by family, race, religion, nationality, and socio-economic status as well as if the reader is a person with a disability and/or is transgender, homeless, or in foster care. In a section on dealing with disappointment, it acknowledges systemic racism and inequity. Full-page illustrations in cool and calming tones depict peaceful-looking children demonstrating the activities, consciously presenting a racial-, cultural-, and ability-diverse range of youth.Empowers readers to decide who they want to become and gives them tools for figuring that out. (afterword, resources) (Nonfiction. 9-13)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 Finding mindfulness texts appropriate for middle-grade readers and the adults in their lives can be a struggle, but Chopra has filled the chasm with this latest installment in her series, which includes Just Breathe and Just Feel . Beautifully laid out and with a focus on diversity in both the realistic illustrations depicting children and adults of different backgrounds and abilities, as well as the inclusive language in the text, Chopra succeeds in unflinchingly acknowledging the benefits and challenges of feeling different. Chapters introducing key concepts are interspersed with mindfulness exercises designed to calm, to promote self-knowledge, and to focus energy on positive thoughts like gratitude. With a focus on helping middle-grade children understand who they are, and by extension respect and understand others, Chopra untangles and names the feelings commonly experienced by this age group while also offering coping strategies. Many of the exercises, including meditation, naming heroes, and environmental awareness, have strong curricular tie-ins or connect to SEL goals. An afterword by the author's father, Deepak Chopra, as well as a bibliography, is aimed at the adult audience serving this age group. VERDICT A must-purchase for library or classroom collections promoting self-knowledge and mindfulness for middle-grade students. Courtney Lewis, St. Catherine's Sch., Richmond, VA
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School Library Journal (6/1/21)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

Teach your kids how to understand their emotions and communicate in a healthy and productive way with this full-color guide to growth from Mallika Chopra, the daughter of Deepak Chopra.

Following in the footsteps of wellness author Mallika Chopra's successful Just Breathe and Just Feel, her third book, Just Be You, is an engaging, easy-to-read guide for young kids to learn tools that will help them live a good life. The United States and other nations are quickly becoming aware of the importance of children's ability to be independent and meet challenges head on; parents are eager for resources that help kids learn how to navigate life on their own.

Just Be You will help kids become focused on growth mindset by self-reflection, setting intentions for their lives, and being of service to themselves, their families, and the global community. Designed specifically with kids ages 8-12 in mind and with full-color illustrations throughout, Mallika's book offers mindful exercises to help young people explore and find their voice. Mallika believes that if children learn early on to reflect, to be comfortable with uncertainty, to contribute in a way that's unique to them, and to feel good about the journey, they will lead healthier, more adjusted, and happier lives.

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