Catching Thoughts [hc]
Written by Bonnie Clark & illustrated by Summer Macon
Have you ever had an unwelcome thought that you just couldn't get rid of, no matter how hard you tried to push it away?
In Catching Thoughts, a girl is plagued by an unwanted thought. No matter what she does- ignore it, yell at it, cry about it- the thought won't go away. Frustrated and discouraged, she finally looks that bad thought in the face and says, "Hello." At last, she is able to notice other more beautiful, positive thoughts all around her. As she catches hold of new thoughts, the girl discovers she can fill her mind with whatever she chooses.
For every child who has been weighed down by sadness or anxiety, this story teaches kids how to acknowledge unwanted thoughts, show them compassion, then actively replace them with positive thoughts instead. Catching Thoughts is a quiet, thoughtful story that teaches readers how to practice mindfulness, focusing on thoughts that bring beauty, joy, and calm into their lives. 32 pages
"The young girl’s expressions- from a worry-filled face to anger to happiness and calm- will be easy for young readers to interpret, and together with the simple but effective text and emotion-colored illustrations create a picture book that introduces young readers to a range of new coping mechanisms. An excellent choice for sharing with children who struggle with anxiety and even just low-grade worry." -School Library Journal (Kindergarten-Grade 2)
August 11, 2020