Subscribe to The Horn Book

Psychology and mindfulness

psychology_barron_wisdom-of-merlin_170x240Barron, T. A. The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life
Gr. 4–6, middle school     74 pp.     Philomel

This book of advice, adapted from the author’s 2013 Oxford University address, is presented as a conversational visit with the famous wizard Merlin. Summarizing life’s experiences and mysteries in a few simple words, “Merlin” explores how gratitude, courage, knowledge, belief, wonder, generosity, hope, and love can help one create a meaningful existence. A purposive gift for fans of Arthurian fantasy.
Subjects: Philosophy, Logic, and Ethics; Wizards; Merlin (Legendary character); Fantasy; Magic; Emotions—Gratitude; Emotions—Courage; Behavior—Generosity; Emotions—Hope; Emotions—Love

psychology_doeden_health smartsDoeden, Matt Health Smarts: How to Eat Right, Stay Fit, Make Positive Choices, and More
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Twenty-First Century

USA Today Teen Wise Guides: Lifestyle Choices series. This volume provides solid discussion on timely teen issues surrounding healthy lifestyle choices. A brief introduction sets the stage for upbeat, conversational chapters covering the components of a healthy lifestyle: diet, exercise, good choices, and emotional health. Articles (in tiny type) from USA Today add real-life context. Staged color photos are generic. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Sexuality, Teenage; Substance abuse; Hygiene; Exercise; Psychology; Nutrition

psychology_jackson_every body's talkingJackson, Donna M. Every Body’s Talking: What We Say Without Words
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     Twenty-First Century

With Carol Kinsey Goman. Nonverbal clues including stance, facial expression, posture, eye contact, and others add meaning to our words, or sometimes contradict them. Using second-person narration to engage readers, suggestions for interpreting body language is followed by a chapter explaining how cultural differences affect interpretations. A final chapter encourages readers to practice physical positions to increase confidence. Plentiful full-color pictures illustrate concepts. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Psychology; Communication; Human body

psychology_kerley_with a friend by your sideKerley, Barbara With a Friend by Your Side
Gr. K–3     48 pp.     National

Gorgeous, vibrant photographs and simple, affirming text merge in this picture-book tribute to friendship. Back matter includes quotes from famous authors, resources for parents and caregivers on promoting friendship and dealing with bullying, and an author’s note encouraging readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes. The photography’s diverse subjects and global settings attest that friends span ages, race, and gender, too.
Subjects: Psychology; Friendship; Multicultural books

psychology_stewart_meditation is an open skyStewart, Whitney Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Whitman

Illustrated by Sally Rippin. Stewart describes nine mindfulness meditations to help children deal with emotions and stress, increase focus, make decisions, and more. Astute yet kid-friendly language lends approachability to the concepts (“You’ll learn to watch your feelings pop up and disappear like soap bubbles”), while soft cartoon illustrations starring a chilled-out elephant and monkey underscore the friendly vibe. Six FAQ are addressed at book’s end.
Subjects: Psychology; Meditation; Emotions; Stress (Psychology)

From the January 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

Share
Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind

*