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?
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.
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