Picture book Preview: New and Noteworthy

October 12, 2017 | P@

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We bring the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some new books that we are really excited about which will be hitting shelves soon, or have just arrived.

Posted on behalf of Laurel Taylor Adams, Children's Selection Team

The mind is a wonderful thing. Even more when it is stretched and soothed, challenged and calmed. Body and mind working together brings energy and confidence to feel great, do anything and be amazing!


Master of Mindfulness

Master of Mindfulness: How to be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress by Laurie M. Grossman. Illustrated by Angela Alvarez.

 Ages 6-12

Laurie Grossman and Angela Alvarez worked with students in a 5th grade class to write and illustrate this kid-friendly guide to mindful activities. Although it is not exactly for pre-schoolers, Master of Mindfulness contains a lot of good information, descriptions and useful skills to help parents, teachers and older children to deal with life’s stressful situations. 


I am Peace

I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds   

Ages 4-8

Peace within oneself can be a key to survival in an increasingly chaotic world. Through child-friendly instructions and attractive illustrations, readers of all ages can explore the principles of mindfulness, the importance of empathy and the uplifting properties of a connection with nature.          


Meditate With Me

Meditate with Me: A Step by Step Mindfulness Journey by Mariam Gates. Illustrated by Margarita Surnaite. 

Ages 4-8  

Parents, teachers and even pre-schoolers can benefit from this introduction to the practice of meditation and mindfulness. Five animal friends show young children how to focus on their breathing, relax, calm their busy minds, and understand their emotions in this clear and practical guide.


Yoga Bunny

Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo

Ages 4-8

“Doing yoga alone is better than not doing yoga at all.” So, when everyone else is too tired, too hurried or too busy, Bunny carries on with simple, peaceful yoga poses. Soon his friends come to join in and they all discover how relaxing yoga can be. Endpaper illustrations show Bunny in different poses for youngsters to try.  


Mosquitoes Can't Bite Ninjas

Mosquitos Can't Bite Ninjas by Jordan P. Novak

Ages 3-6

This pint-sized ninja displays awesome skills that thwart even a swift and sneaky mosquito.             



Playground by Mies van Hout translated by Ineke Lenting

Ages 4-8

A colourful and convoluted trip to the playground includes imaginative mazes, puzzles and things to find along the way.


Can You Find My Robot's Arm?

Can You Find My Robot's Arm? by Chihiro Takeuchi

Ages 4-8

When a robot’s missing arm cannot be found, he and his friend may need some help to search through a world of fantastic silhouettes for creative replacements.


Good Morning Yoga

Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates Illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder

Ages 4-8

“Reach your fingers high”, “roll your shoulders back”, “breathe in and breathe out” - bright, clear illustrations show children in a series of simple yoga poses to help readers wake up and get ready for a great day!


ABC Yoga

ABC Yoga by Christiane Engel. Ages 2-4

Children mirror familiar animals and objects all through the alphabet to practice simplified yoga poses. Rhyming text explains each movement. All 26 are listed later, showing the poses more clearly and giving the traditional Sanskrit names.


Downward Dog with Diego

Downward Dog with Diego by Pamela Prichett. Ages 3-6

Simple, rhyming text and colourful illustrations introduce young readers to yoga poses named for various animals.  This book includes a list of the Sanskrit names and physical benefits for each pose.


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