My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness
A poetry collection that both illustrates what mindfulness is and encourages young, growing minds to be present, from poet and educator Georgia Heard, with art by Isabel Roxas.Poets have long observed the world in a mindful way. They point out beauty we might have missed, draw our attention to our inner thoughts, and call us to see our society in new ways. But as daily life become more and more chaotic, children grow distracted. According to the CDC, 9.4% of children have ADHD and 7% have anxiety/depression. And these numbers continue to climb. As treatment doctors recommend healthy eating, physical activity, plenty of sleep, and mindfulness techniques. Georgia Heard is a poet and educator--and she has long had her own meditation practice. In My Thoughts Are Clouds, she uses poetry to demonstrate what mindfulness is and gives kids--and their parents and teachers--accessible ways to learn mindfulness tools.
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About the Author
Georgia Heard is a poet, writer, speaker, and educational consultant who teaches and speaks to audiences in the United States and around the world about writing and using poetry with children. She is the author of The Arrow Finds Its Mark and Falling Down the Page. She lives in South Florida.Isabel Roxas has illustrated several children's books, including Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê, A Day in the Market by May Tobias-Papa, and the 2018 Newbery Medal Winner Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. When Isabel is not crafting pictures and stories, she is making little creatures out of clay.
"In today's Covid-rattled frenzy of online or hybrid instruction and added strictures on behavior, [here is] Heard's gentle call for mindfulness . . . Therapeutic and accessible: an empowering guide well suited for those growing up in this age of anxiety." --Kirkus Reviews"This short collection of poems aims to teach children how to slow down and be aware of their thoughts and environment . . . A good read-aloud option for a classroom or library to teach guided mindfulness or meditation exercises." --School Library Journal Praise for Falling Down the Page: "Accessibility is one of the book's greatest strengths, since the compact verses focus on familiar aspects of daily kid life." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) "A thoroughly entertaining and distinctive collection." --BookPage Praise for The Arrow Finds Its Mark: "Will have readers seeing inspiration all around them and questioning what turns words into poetry." --Publishers Weekly "A welcome addition to every teacher's writing toolbox." --Kirkus Reviews "Intriguing little book offers an appealing down-to-earth entryway into poetry." --Booklist