News to Wake Your Brain Cells – April 10


Dolly Parton will read children’s books online every Thursday night – and our hearts are so happy – Travel + Leisure

Dressed for success: LGBTQ children’s books 2020 – Publishers Weekly

LeVar Burton reading live on Twitter is everything we need right now – Forbes

Reading with Pride: LGBTQ Books 2020 – Publishers Weekly

Stay in your cave: the Gruffalo lends a claw to the coronavirus effort – The Guardian

Tomie dPaola left a legacy of comfort, kindness, and quality children’s books – SLJ

Watch the 1st installment of Jason Reynolds #WriteRightRite where he challenges you to create an award for yourself – Library of Congress


Eight Hennepin County libraries now offer curbside pick up – Bring Me the News

Library workers fight for safer working conditions amid coronavirus pandemic – NBC News

University libraries offer online “lending” of scanned in-copyright books – Ars Technica


21 middle-grade and YA books to read in spring 2020 – CBC

Ahead of the 2020 election, YA novels are more political than ever – Bustle

Author and poet Elizabeth Acevedo on diversity in young adult literature – BELatina

Read these 2020 YA mystery books for the ultimate thrill ride – The Nerd Daily

Six interviews with LGBTQ children’s and YA authors – Publishers Weekly


What’s in Your Mind Today? by Louise Bladen

What's in Your Mind Today by Louise Bladen

What’s in Your Mind Today? by Louise Bladen, illustrated by Angela Perrini (9781506463773)

This picture book explores meditation with small children, beginning with sitting still and counting breaths. The book then asks via its rhyming text for children to take a look at what is happening in their minds. Then the book moves away from meditation instruction to looking at what other children are thinking about. Molly’s fluttering thoughts are like butterflies, moving quickly and unable to be caught. Oliver’s thoughts are monsters that melt away when he looks at them. George’s mind is full of troubles that burst like bubbles. Amelia’s thoughts are squirmy like worms. For all of the children, if they look at their thoughts, the thoughts go away, transform and leave them more at peace.

Bladen’s rhyming text is lighthearted and playful, inviting children to explore rather than being a formulaic look at meditation and its impact. Sharing a series of different types of thoughts with children is especially helpful, particularly when we all struggle with different thoughts at different times. The power of sitting meditation is clear here, yet not didactic in tone.

Perrini’s illustrations embrace those various thought patterns, launching visually into them and exploring how they make us and the children feel. There are dark pages, light pages, wriggly and bubbly pages. Each is shown with a sense of lightness and play.

A great addition to meditation books for children. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy provided by Beaming Books.