Open your arms wide like Alligator jaws.

Take three little sniffs in through your nose like a Bunny.

Imagine blowing out the candles
on a birthday Cake.

Make mindful breathing fun—
it’s as easy as A-B-C!

In Alphabreaths and Alphabreaths Too, children will learn both their ABCs and the basics of mindfulness through playful breathing exercises and vivid illustrations they’ll want to come back to again and again.

Each letter of the alphabet teaches a simple mindfulness practice to help kids gain confidence, manage stress and frustration, practice kindness and gratitude, and much more. Enjoy the video for the original book.

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Christopher Willard, Author

Christopher Willard is a clinical psychologist based in Boston and is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. He’s a dad, psychologist, teacher, speaker, traveler, and author of many books on mindfulness for children and teens. Christopher’s favorite breath is Pirate Breath.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Author

Daniel Rechtschaffen is a Marriage and Family Therapist, poet, farmer, and father living on the North Coast of California. He is the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. Daniel’s favorite breath is Fireworks Breath.

Holly Clifton-Brown, Illustrator

Holly Clifton-Brown is an illustrator living in Frome, Somerset. She has illustrated many books for children, including Lion’s Lullaby, Oceans of Love, and Stella Brings the Family. Her favorite breath is Ocean Breath.

We start with small pieces.
We don’t start with teaching calculus in Kindergarten.
We start with teaching 1+1.
Likewise, when we start teaching mindfulness,
we can think of these breathing practices as building blocks.
—Christopher Willlard
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