Your Mind Is Like The Sky: A First Book of Mindfulness – Bronwen Ballard, Illustrated by Laura Carlin – Lincoln Children’s Books – Published 5 February 2019




Your mind is like the sky. Sometimes it’s clear and blue – but sometimes a raincloud thought comes along and makes everything seem dark. So what can we do about rainclouds?

My thoughts

Mindfulness is a hot topic and this book is a wonderful way to introduce the concept to young readers. The story is simple and very clear in its descriptions of mindfulness techniques, using a metaphor of the sky, with both cloudy and clear sunny days, to illustrate the concept, and yet also clearly explaining the process of controlling your thoughts. The illustrations, a mix of watercolours and coloured pencil outlines contribute to the dreamy state of the book and give it a child-like air. The main character is consistently done in full colour while many of the background characters and objects remain as simple outlines.

The end of the book includes a note to older readers as well as a range of mindfulness techniques for readers to try.

Your Mind is Like A Sky is a great addition to any mental health and mindfulness picture book collection.

The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

More information

Category: Children’s fiction – Picture book

Genre: Contemporary – Mental health

Themes: Mindfulness, mental health, feelings, emotions, thoughts, depression, sky, clouds.

Reading age guide: Ages 7- 10

Advisory: References to dark and heavy thoughts.

Format: Hardcover. 32 pages.

Published: 5 February 2019 by Lincoln Children’s Books

ISBN: 9781786039866

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