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Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Faster than a speeding spitball, more powerful than a playground bully, able to breeze through homework and finish nightly chores in a single bound, it’s Master of Mindfulness—here to conquer stress, worry, and any trouble that comes your way!

Do you ever feel angry, disappointed, or stressed out about family problems, school, bullies, or trouble with friends? If so, mindfu
Paperback, 72 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Instant Help (first published February 2nd 2016)
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Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Every classroom should have this, or more copies of this little book written by fifth grades students. It is perfect to help children (and adults) regulate their emotions and be ready to learn. It is NOT a book to read once, it is a guide for children and adults, to be accessed at many different moments in our lives. It can also be used with different age groups, since it is easy for the reading to be adapted in many different classroom situations.
I read the school book copy and I had to order a
This book was fascinating. I love the idea of teaching mindfulness to children. Learning to be mindful while young will help so much in life. I wish that more schools were teaching this skill. And I love that the students wrote this book.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I read a small section at a time to my young children, 3,6, and 8 and they loved it to. I found it very helpful and gave specifics tools and activities to practice being more aware and mindful of our emotions and brains.
Charlotte Helgeson
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The cooperation of the children to write adds strength to this books's purpose, but far too many words especially for children. ...more
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Ms. B
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, picture, nonfiction
Wordy, but good. Learn mindfulness from a classroom of 5th graders. Young or old, we all feel stressed from time to time. This book will help all ages relax and live more in the moment.
Ann Jungblut
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
It has a great message but a horrible presentation. Way too long and visually...just a mess.
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is a very good book to read with your kids. I am using the headspace app for meditation and this helped my daughter to understand more how the brain works and how to be mindful.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindfulness
A book created by fifth graders for use by their peers. Great way to get older kids involved in mindfulness.
Craig Wiesner
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been on the lookout for a book that would serve as a good introduction to mindfulness for children and this one hits the mark beautifully. Written directly from the experiences and using images of a group of children in Oakland California, everything the book teaches feels very realistic and it gives me confidence that the techniques being taught can and will work.

While the book is written specifically for kids, I do think that it will work best as a partnership between a caring adult and
Eve Costarelli
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is book is the real deal...totally authentic...“the truth” is an honest, open-hearted expression of what it takes to really stop, take a moment and respond rather than react to things that are stressful and happening right now, in real time. These kids just tell it like it is and with their words and their beautiful art, they allow us to see how they are learning to come to grips with their humanness and how they have come to appreciate and respect the need to self-regulate. The staff ...more
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Written by Laurie Grossman, cofounder of Mindful Schools and director of program development at Inner Explorer, and Mr. Musumeci’s fifth grade class at Reach Academy in Oakland, California, Master of Mindfulness presents helpful practices—mindful activities proven to make it easier to pay attention, accept yourself and others, manage your anger, and even get to sleep at night. The book features cool, mixed med
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was written by Laurie Grossman, cofounder of Mindful Schools and director of program development at Inner Explorer, and Mr. Musumeci's fifth grade class at Reach Academy in Oakland, California. The purpose of the book is to help children (adults could benefit too) how to recognize the feelings they have and not act on them. The examples from the fifth graders of how they used this practice, are easy to understand because most children will relate to them. They include: getting hit with ...more
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is written in part by kids, for kids. It is a book on how to deal with stress and emotions. The ideas and methods presented in this book are easy to understand and to implement. As an adult, I too found the information to be helpful.

Too many kids today don't understand how to work through their emotions, and instead repress them or shove them down. I love that this book addresses that and teaches children how to use mindfulness to feel their emotions and continue moving forward while
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I am a proponent for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). It has helped me immensely. And so I want to give this book a higher rating. However, this book is not a simple "pick out and read on your own" book for a child. It needs a particular setting. The best setting is the one in which the book was written - a public elementary school class room. If an elementary school teacher wanted to teach MBSR as a coping skill for the students to use in class throughout the year, then this would be ...more
Paul Franco
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Basically simple examples of how to use mindfulness, in both written and picture form. One is in Spanish. I was wondering how they were going to define mindfulness, which ended up being as simplistic as possible, though I suppose that was necessary, as I remembered kids are the target audience.
Usually I’m good with children’s books; I can put myself in the right frame of mind. {Shut up.} This one was not as easy, as—at least in the digital version—the fonts and graphics are difficult to read, p
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a colorful title for those interested in learning about the basics of "mindfulness". Many people talk about this but most don't explain how to do it. This book geared towards children first presents the benefits of using mindfulness in a large variety of situations then at the end it provides step by step instructions on how to practice various forms of mindfulness. Although written for children, adults who want a quick introduction to the practice will find this text helpful. An additio ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is written by a class of fifth graders to be used by other children. I think the idea of teaching and using Mindfulness to children who have difficulty controlling their feelings and actions is a great idea. This book could be used as a tool by CYWs, teachers and even parents. It gives several examples of when Mindfulness is used by the authors, then at the end goes through some exercises that should be used to practise it until you are comfortable with the techniques. The pictures are ...more
I love the concept of this book and the importance of teaching our children mindfulness from an early age.

The art of mindfulness can help a young person cope with stress, bullying, conflict with family and so many other factors.

I loved the explicit directions on arriving at a state of mindfulness.

The only downside to this book for me was the multi-media illustration. This may show my age, so don't judge it for a young person based on my words. I found the hodge podge of pictures, drawings, etc.
Marla Josephs
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was greatly impressed with this book. When I first saw the book and accepted the ARC, it just looked interesting. I had no idea it was done by by 5th graders at the Reach Academy. It's very informative and speaks to children in their age group rather than sounding like an adult talking to kids. It's very relatable. It's definitely something that I could see other teachers using as part of their reading programs to address the whole child and not just academics. This is learning across gen ...more
Abby Pooch
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, therapy
This book would be best for older kids (i.e., 10-14) who are learning how to use mindfulness. I like how the book starts out by giving kids' stories about how mindfulness helped them in their lives. I also like how simple the instructions are about how to be mindful (the five S'). The book was a little long for the simple message it was trying to communicate, so it got difficult to follow it all the way through. However, I do like that children were the ones communicating their message to other ...more
Angie Flom
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well written book for kids. Great information on how to handle stress (some helpful tips for adults as well). Having my young son read for pointers, even though it is geared towards a younger audience. Some pages are distracting with the artwork, but after the first couple of pages, it no longer was an issue.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
debbicat *made of stardust*
Trying to become more mindful is everywhere! I liked this because it is a book written by kids for kids. Lot's of good strategies for adults like me too. Good insights for dealing with powerful and consuming emotions. I took a few notes to apply myself! Great read. Thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to review it. ...more
Linda George
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was written by students to help other kids deal with stressors in life. There are some great ideas. It is a little hard to read, however, due to the nature of the file. The message, though, is spot on. If you have anxious kids in your life, and who doesn't, read this book with them and give them some strategies to cope. ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

Excellent introduction to mindfulness for kids by kids complete with the practical knowledge of mindful practices, mindful scripts, and examples by the 5th grades who co-wrote the book where mindfulness has worked for them! I will definitely be staring this information!
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love that this book includes really specific examples that are accessible to kids--when someone butted in front of you in line, when your cousin received a present that you wanted, and such. The mindfulness exercises are 1-3 minutes long. In my opinion, this is an excellent introduction for a younger child (grades K-2 or so) into mindfulness practice.
Nanci Booher
As I am just starting on my own mindfulness path, I was very excited to see this book on our new book truck. I am also excited to see that it was written by a 5th grade class along with help from teachers. In a time when kids are always connected and always on the go, mindfulness could be a useful tool to help them cope with emotions, activate different parts of their brain and feel better.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meditation-yoga
This book explains what mindfulness is in the language of youth. I love the real life examples of when a child would use mindfulness and the scripted practices to record. Excellent book to read aloud to kids, to have in a classroom library, to refer to on a regular basis.
Helpful little book on making mindfulness part of everyday life even for school aged children. Practical examples and situations included in the book are definitely a plus.
Mrs. Castonguay
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Laurie Grossman has over 40 years experience in working in non-profits and creating programs to help improve the lives of people living in underserved communities. Laurie’s passion, energy, creativity and sense of justice have enabled her to imagine innovative methods to address problems and she has helped schools look at how to serve their students in totally new ways. Laurie brings her warmth, ...more

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