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.