Review of Meditation Station by Susan Katz and Anait Semirdzhyan
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Susan B. Katz
Illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan
Ages 3-8 | 32 Pages
Publisher: Bala Kids | ISBN-13: 978-1611807912
What to expect: Mindfulness and Meditation
There is no denying that our children’s brains are busy on an average day. Now add in the often-unavoidable daily interactions with screens and technology, and parents can see that young developing brains need more opportunities to unplug and relax. Using an analogy that even the youngest reader will understand, award-winning author Susan B. Katz introduces the concept of meditation, a useful tool for finding focus and mindful inner peace.
Young children are fascinated by things that go. Katz uses this to great advantage by constructing the conscious connection that thoughts are like trains speeding by on railroad tracks, one after the other. When we take control of our breath and become present, we can begin to sit with our thoughts or choose to let them roll on past. We can become the conductor learning to calm our mind and body. Katz’s delivery of words is clear and concise, making this interpretation of meditation easy to grasp. It also helps that Anait Semirdzhyan’s adorable illustrations feature a friendly, sweet bear as the main character, who is always smiling and radiates happiness on each page.
Without a doubt, this book provides children with a strategy that will help them find daily focus and a sense of calmness by encouraging them to get in touch with their body through a mindful practice. Meditation Station is an outstanding choice for parents looking to introduce their children to the practice of meditation and teachers looking to incorporate mindfulness into their lesson plans. Highly Recommended.
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About the Author
Susan B. Katz is an award-winning and Spanish-bilingual author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant, and keynote speaker. She has published ten children’s picture books, including: ABC, Baby Me!; My Mama Earth; ABC School’s for Me; and All Year Round, which she translated into Spanish as Un Año Redondo. She has also written eight chapter book biographies including: The Story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and The Story of Jane Goodall. Susan is the Executive Director of ConnectingAuthors.org, a national non-profit bringing children’s book authors and illustrators into schools. Susan has been practicing metta meditation for over twenty years and regularly attends Spirit Rock retreats. When she’s not writing, Susan enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, and spending time at the beach.
For more information, visit https://susankatzbooks.com/.
About the Illustrator
Anait Semirdzhyan is an illustrator who finds her peace of mind in creating children’s book art by using traditional media, ink, and watercolor. When not working she also enjoys yoga and walking outside. Anait resides in the suburbs of the Emerald City—Seattle—with her husband, twin daughters, and a shaggy labradoodle.
For more information, visit https://www.anaitsart.com/.
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