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Breathe Like a Bear: First Day of School Worries

A Story with a Calming Mantra and Mindful Prompts

Illustrated by Anni Betts
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$12.99 US
10.25"W x 10.25"H x 0.35"D  
On sale Jun 27, 2023 | 32 Pages | 978-0-593-48672-6
| Preschool - 2
Reading Level: Lexile AD470L | Fountas & Pinnell L
A companion picture book to Breathe Like a Bear that helps kids feel calm and ready to meet new classmates!

Bear can't wait to go to her first day of school. But she and a few of her friends are also feeling a little anxious. Luckily, Owl has the perfect words for them all to say to calm the jitters and help them recognize the similarities we share under the trappings of our uniqueness. 

Introducing a mantra for first-day—and any-day—worries, Breathe Like a Bear: First-Day-of-School Worries uses an easy-to-follow breathing exercise, mindful prompts, and a soothing mantra that will help kids navigate their anxiety long after the final page. This prescriptive and teachable picture book is an invaluable tool for every child's early social-emotional education.
Kira Willey, author of Breathe Like a Bear and the Mindfulness Moments for Kids series, is a children’s music artist, kids’ yoga and mindfulness expert, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs. She has released five albums of kids’ yoga and mindfulness songs; her work has won Parents’ Choice Gold, four Independent Music Awards, and the ASCAP Foundation Children’s Songwriting Award. Her hits include “Colors,” which was featured in a worldwide Dell ad campaign. Kira created and hosts several yoga-for-kids programs which air on PBS TV affiliates nationwide; and her TEDx talk, “Bite-Sized Mindfulness,” can be viewed online. Learn more at kirawilley.com! View titles by Kira Willey
“A practical approach to anchoring oneself in the face of uncertainty.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Betts’s digital illustrations are whimsical and rendered in a soft, pastel rainbow palette." —School Library Journal
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A companion picture book to Breathe Like a Bear that helps kids feel calm and ready to meet new classmates!

Bear can't wait to go to her first day of school. But she and a few of her friends are also feeling a little anxious. Luckily, Owl has the perfect words for them all to say to calm the jitters and help them recognize the similarities we share under the trappings of our uniqueness. 

Introducing a mantra for first-day—and any-day—worries, Breathe Like a Bear: First-Day-of-School Worries uses an easy-to-follow breathing exercise, mindful prompts, and a soothing mantra that will help kids navigate their anxiety long after the final page. This prescriptive and teachable picture book is an invaluable tool for every child's early social-emotional education.

Author

Kira Willey, author of Breathe Like a Bear and the Mindfulness Moments for Kids series, is a children’s music artist, kids’ yoga and mindfulness expert, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs. She has released five albums of kids’ yoga and mindfulness songs; her work has won Parents’ Choice Gold, four Independent Music Awards, and the ASCAP Foundation Children’s Songwriting Award. Her hits include “Colors,” which was featured in a worldwide Dell ad campaign. Kira created and hosts several yoga-for-kids programs which air on PBS TV affiliates nationwide; and her TEDx talk, “Bite-Sized Mindfulness,” can be viewed online. Learn more at kirawilley.com! View titles by Kira Willey

Praise

“A practical approach to anchoring oneself in the face of uncertainty.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Betts’s digital illustrations are whimsical and rendered in a soft, pastel rainbow palette." —School Library Journal

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