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Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

“Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems”

Teaching children at a young age how to be present and how to self-calm can become a beneficial skill that can help them later in life when faced with stress. In Breathe and Be, mindfulness poems set the stage for children to calm, relax, and be. These poems use nature analogies that children can easily relate to.

By the end of the book, a sense of calm and serenity prevails. Readers connect mindfulness with the beauty of nature. On the book’s back cover, this poem portrays rushing thoughts and centeredness.

Gorgeous illustrations create a soothing peacefulness while illustrating how readers’ awareness of their thoughts can promote mindfulness.

This book promotes visualization, flexible thinking, and nature.

TITLE: Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

AUTHOR: Kate Coombs

ILLUSTRATOR: Anna Emilia Laitinen

PUBLISHER: Sounds True, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: visualization, flexible thinking, nature


1) Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is quoted: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” As an act of mindfulness, sit quietly in nature. Pick a small square of dirt to observe. For five to ten minutes focus only on that patch of earth, watching nature happen.

2) Try your hand at writing a tanka poem. A tanka poem has five lines. The first and third lines have five syllables. The second, fourth and fifth lines have seven syllables. Here is an example that I wrote.

Up Above

by Ann Kelley

dollops of whipped cream

drift across speckled blue sky

like scoops of ice cream

piling higher and higher

until melting raindrops pour


To learn more about author Kate Coombs, visit:


To learn about illustrator Anna Emilia Laitinen, visit:


Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds

Creative Thinking Prompt: Pushing Creative Bounds


©Christoph Niemann

Creative Christop Niemann pushes himself to become a better illustrator by stepping outside of his comfort zone. He picks a single object and looks at it, trying to envision how this object can become part of a larger image.


His book Sunday Sketching is a result of his internal drive to be creative.


To learn more about Christoph Niemann and his work, visit: http://www.christophniemann.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Create your own work of art, using a singular object and incorporating it into an image.

Here’s my work – Crocodile Key.


Think Deeper: Create a series of these artworks and use them to create a story.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Metamorphosis Art

Metamorphosis Art


Metamorphosis art consists of sequential drawings, photos, etc. depicting the evolution of one object into another representational.


Creative Thinking Prompt:  Try your hand at creating metamorphosis art. Choice an object or animal that you’d like to morph. Your choice could be an animal that transforms into an object or an object transforming into an animal. Think about what changes your object would go through as it evolves into its final stage of transformation. As you sketch the transformational stages of your object, your final stage may turn into something other than you had originally planned. That is okay because the art process is fluid.

Think Deeper:  Find images of metamorphosis art. What message is the artist conveying through his/her transmutation choices? What connections can be made between the final stage of the transformation and the first stage of the transformation? What other final transformations could you image the original object being?

To view the hand to rabbit metamorphosis art, visit http://fav.me/drnl0a

To view the fish to eye metamorphosis art, visit http://tnhsart.blogspot.com/2013/12/metamorphosis.html