Six Books For Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness (part 1)

Children are also stressed out. Although this sounds so strange, it’s true. Due to weird pressures and sad realities, a lot of kids have to suffer with fears and anxiety. One of the best ways to help those challenges subside is to integrate yoga and mindfulness into their daily lives. Here are some helpful books to get you and your kids started.

Mindful Me, by Christiane Engel


ABC Mindful Me is a picture book introducing kids to and also reminds adults about the basics of loving human being and being a decent. As the book title indicates, it offers concepts that are associated with being mindful in alphabetical order, for example, A is Awareness, B is Breathe, C is Compassion,… In addition, the illustrations make the concepts easy and fun. Awareness has people looking at the sky. Breathe shows two people making pinwheels spin and blowing bubbles. Yes, mindfulness is as fun and easy as bubbles and pinwheels.

at Bedtime, by Dharmachari Nagaraja


This book includes 20 bedtime tales such as Goblin
Island and The Grateful Bull for kids to drift off to. The bedtime tales use
ancient wisdom in order to teach about morals and living a good life. Don’t
worry, it has an introduction for parents to understand the basics of Buddhism
before sharing with their kids. Moreover, the book is gorgeous, so adults will surely
enjoy the book as much as kids.

Pretzels, by Tara Guber and Leah Kalish


Yoga Pretzels isn’t not just a book; it’s a set of cards. It’s also for adults, not for kids only! Each card in this book offers a yoga pose with clear descriptions of what you should do in each pose. It also has pictures to show what each step looks like. There are up to 50 ways to get bendy in the deck, making for a myriad of sequences.

Seven new children and young adults’ books to read this month (part 1)


and illustrator: Mechal Renee Roe

3 -7

Cool Cuts aims to assist black boys feel empowered, regardless of how they prefer to wear their natural hair. From a high top to mini twists, each page is crammed with a special hairstyle, motivational phrase, and therefore the affirmation: I was born to be awesome. The author fills the pages with colorful illustrations, each boy looking happy and assured together with his chosen hairstyle. There’s also a companion book for women, Happy Hair.

Both books were originally self-published and born
out of a love of natural hair and embracing your own unique beauty, consistent
with the Penguin Random House website.

Power of Her Pen

Lesa Cline-Ransome

John Parra

4 – 8

Journalist Ethel L. Payne involves life within The Power of Her Pen, during a story made richer with illustrations that illuminate the groundbreaking milestones Payne reached in her own life and history. Author Cline-Ransome highlights moments in Payne’s life that led her to be dubbed the “First Lady of the Black Press.” Payne persevered against racism and have become one among three black journalists granted a White House press pass during the Eisenhower administration, courageously asking the president tough questions on issues that affected black people. She continued this line of questioning with presidents like John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Nixon, and Carter.

Payne was already breaking barriers long before she
was questioning presidents from the press pool. She reported on WWII in Japan
and highlighted the stories of black soldiers who fought within the then still-
segregated military. Although Payne, the granddaughter of slaves, had tons
stacked against her, she paved the way for this generation to continue her


Jerdine Nolen

James E. Ransome

5 – 9

Freedom Bird happens during slavery in North Carolina. Two siblings, Millicent and John Wheeler, labor within the fields together day in and outing. As they suffer through backbreaking work and therefore the heartbreak of their parents’ being sold away, they’re both inspired by their parents’ dreams of freedom. One day, the siblings cross paths with a bird who can hold the key to their escape. Complete with beautiful illustrations and inspired by African-American folktales, Freedom Bird encourages young readers to hope, even when it seems impossible.

The Best Selling Picture Book for Children in February


Suzanne Lang

Max Lang

Grumpy Monkey is a hilarious New York Times bestselling book about handling unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them. Jim the chimpanzee is during a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it–how can he be during a bad mood when it’s such a gorgeous day? They encourage him to not hunch, to smile, and to try to to things that make them happy. But Jim can’t take all the advice…and features a little bit of a meltdown. Could it’s that he just needs each day to feel grumpy?

Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to
the present vital lesson. This book is a superb case study within the dangers
of putting on a cheerful face and demonstrates to kids that they’re allowed to
feel their feelings (though they ought to take care of injuring others within
the process!).


Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Holly Hatam

Dear Girl, may be a remarkable billet doux written for the special girl in your life.

Through Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal’s charming
letters and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book
will feel that she’s perfect – whether she enjoys jumping during a muddy
puddle, features a face filled with freckles, or dances on table tops.

This book encourages girls to always be themselves
and to like who they are – inside and out.

Love Tacos

Adam Rubin

Daniel Salmieri

Dragons love tacos. They love beef tacos, chicken tacos, teeny tiny tacos, and great big tacos. So if you would like to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you ought to definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there’s also salsa. And if a dragon eats spicy salsa accidentally, boys you’re in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels!
has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of
latest friends and therefore the perfect snack.

The most awesome books for gaming fans (part 3)

Legend of Zelda Official Sticker Book

Hardcore fans of the epic Legend of Zelda will love this awesome sticker activity book supported your favorite game! This sticker book is full of all the characters from the series, super-fun activities and bags of puzzles. It includes many stickers – numerous you’ll even share them together with your friends! It’ll keep you entertained until subsequent Nintendo game is released and obtain you back to the present amazing world during a unique and exciting way.

Sword of Herobrine by Jim Anotsu

The Sword of Herobrine by Jim Anotsu tells the story of Arthur and Mallu, a brother and sister who couldn’t be more different. Mallu loves playing Minecraft whilst her brother absolutely hates the sport. But when his sister gets sucked into the Overworld, Arthur has no choice but to urge there to save lots of her. This is often a story full of zombies, creepers and more monsters than you’ll count! Prepare for an epic adventure.

X: Game Over by James Patterson

Daniel X is one among the best superheroes to ever exist and has beat tonnes of evil-doers. During this book, he must eliminate a pair of shape-shifters who own a famous video-game enterprise. Their next game release is another of their evil plans: they need to regulate the minds of youngsters everywhere the earth. Will Daniel X manage to save lots of the day once more or will its game over for him? Follow the alien-hunter on his heroic mission!


That’s right: your favorite YouTuber wrote a book! Ali-A is that the author of this awesome story and therefore the main character too (along together with his adorable dog, Eevee). When he’s at the launch of Alien Liberator 2, he’s forced to rework from a gaming icon into a hero who has to battle the cruel aliens crashing the event. Will he be able to save the day with the assistance of his fans or lose the fight to the end-of-game boss?

19 Love Songs, by David Levithan

David Levithan


Friendship, Highschool, Great Boy Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs

type: Fiction

Knopf Books for Young Readers

date: January 10, 2020

recommended age(s): 12 – 18

19 Love Songs of David Levithan incudes short stories and poems, most of which have appeared in previous anthologies or as a part of his earlier books. Many of the pieces portray LGBTQ characters navigating strong feelings of attraction, love, and desire. Like many of Levithan’s novels like a day, Two Boys Kissing, his collection sends teen readers a strong message that they’re not alone in their feelings and experiences. The characters’ sexual and/or gender identifies are important but not unique; love is love, in other words. In some stories, teens use profanity (“f–k,” “s–t,” “ass,” and their variations), and a few drink beer in one story. Sexual intercourse between teens and young adults is described sensuously and passionately – teens disrobe, kiss, and touch during a sexual way, but nothing is described graphically. There’s deep intimacy during this book, but it’s more emotional than physical.

In 19 Love Songs, young-adult author David Levithan collects short stories and poetry that portray the relatable feelings and experiences of teens crazy. For instance, the primary story relates the frustration and confusion of a Quiz Bowl team alternate handling unrequited love and feelings of not belonging. In another piece, a transgender footballer connects powerfully with a cheerleader. Levithan also looks at the first days of his parents’ romance, and therefore the exuberant love between a mother and son on Valentine Day. Throughout the book, he explores the universality and vulnerability of affection from all angles.

As in his beautiful novels, David Levithan offfers wonderfully relatable, sensitive characters during this emotional story and poety collection. At an equivalent time, 19 Love Songs is more generally like Levithan’s valentine to the language of affection. Through every plot twist and each nuance of feeling, the author shares his appreciation for all the tenderness between people, and therefore the ways we use language to attach.

Best books for teens to find their hobby gene (part 2)

Stitch People 2nd Edition, by Elizabeth

Skills needed: Cross-Stitch, Basic Design

Kids who have already picked up the basics of cross-stitch can be the hero of the holidays creating a “family portrait” for grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors or friends. Stitch People 2nd Edition gives descriptions of how to develop the people based on age and distinguish each by adding hobbies and hair color. The biggest task will be designing the pattern before starting the stitching. This is a great book for teens who have already mastered stitching and want to take the next step.

American Girl Cupcakes

Skills needed: Baking, Cooking

Kids ready to
advance their baking skills outside of the proverbial store-bought box will
enjoy the tastes they can create from this book. Written and published through
American Girl, the colors and flavor profiles are beautiful. The step-by-step
instructions will help tweens and teens create cupcakes for all occasions, and
take their skills up a notch with glazes, creams and custards to top on a yummy
cupcake. There are symbols all over the book to remind kids when an adult needs
to step in and help.

Yummy Yoga, by Joy Bauer

Skills needed: Yoga, Cooking (for more advanced yogis)

If your toddler
loved copying you as you worked out with a yoga program in the living room, he
or she will adore the foods that are posed in this book (and you’ll love the
recipes). For newbie yogis, the poses are formed for kids to try everything
from the Triangle Pose to the Cat Pose and the Forward Bend. The photos of the
food following form will tickle the imagination for the recipe that follows
(imagine broccoli in a tree pose then a recipe that uses broccoli and asparagus
with pasta). Older kids can help make the super nutritious post-workout snack.

Sew With Me, by Brandy Nelson

Skills needed: Sewing, Cutting

The 60 projects in Sew With Me will be attractive to kids in late elementary and middle school. The activities range from Frankenstein door hangers to Tooth Fairy pillows and many fun standouts in between. Kids can learn to sew gifts for their friends (like zipper pulls) and their relatives (like throw blankets). The projects are each rated on a scale of 1 (easy hand stitching) to 3 (use of a sewing machine is necessary).

On Fire by Naomi Klein, review

Facing the world climate crisis, social activist Naomi Klein’s ‘On Fire’ builds a case for a new world order under the Green New Deal.

Imagine living in a world with abundant clean energy, jobs, and resources for everyone, instead of destructive weather and fossil fuel and mineral extraction. Imagine living in a world offering dignity, liberty, and justice no matter your race, gender, class, religion, abilities or birthplace.

In her new book, “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for the New Deal, Klein explains how the Green New Deal (GND) could do both. Making the connection between the exploitation of nature and humans is an opportunity to solve many challenges at once. Climate scientists now urge replacing failed, obsolete economic policies that waste and pollute our natural resources. Current policies harm human lives in many ways, from creating wage stagnation, which leads to gaping inequalities, to crumbling government services. Green New Deal policy changes, however, will likely add momentum to a surging right-wing backlash.

What exactly is this Green New Deal? In “On Fire,” Klein explains a vision for social and economic transformation to reduce carbon emissions, pollution, and waste of resources while converting to clean energy. This would create more meaningful, well-paying, low-carbon jobs.  This would meet more of our basic needs, including education, health, homes, and transit. By changing how we live, grow our food, work and move around, we could improve our quality of life and reduce waste.

How could we win this GND? In her chapter, “When Science Says that Political Revolution is Our Only Hope,” Klein reveals that our current economic paradigm is a threat to ecological stability, prioritizing gross domestic products (GDP) growth above all else. It disregards human or ecological consequences. Many scientists have been moved by their research to advocate action, lead marches and even get arrested for resisting pipelines, coal mines, and fossil fuel investments.

In a sample commencement speech, Klein exhorted new college graduates to “Stop trying to save the world all by yourself,” warning that no single career or lifestyle choice would suffice. We can only meet this tremendous challenge together as part of massive local and global multi-issue, multi-generational and multi-identity movements.

As in prior books, Klein writes with the clear, concise style of a professional journalist. She adds her personal stories, such as meeting with Pope Francis, Swedish global-warming activist Greta Thunberg and other world leaders; she shares a story of her own family suffering through a summer of sunshine lost to wildfire smoke. For those who critique the limited specifics of the GND, she would reply that the precise details will be up to each sector, institution, city, state, and nation.

One can hope future books will elaborate on how to pay for the GND transition. Klein briefly mentions reducing military spending. As the largest part of the U.S. discretionary budget, redefining national security to reallocate funds from “weapons to windmills” would yield trillions while also reducing the carbon footprint of war and weapons.

The most awesome books for gaming fans (part 1)

Whether it’s battling otherworldly aliens, embarking on a heroic quest, or hacking into mainframes, these awesome books are the perfect companions to some of your favorite computer games. Now, time to put down the controller…

Only You Can Save
Mankind, Terry Pratchett

The book follows Johnny Maxwell, a normal boy with the most ordinary life. He loves video games, but one day, after receiving a mysterious message from the last remaining alien spaceship in the game he’s playing, his life drastically changes. Johnny becomes humanity’s last hope and finds himself the hero of the story that helps an alien race. Only You Can Save Mankind is a thrilling adventure you’ll never want to end. 

My Magical Life,
written by Zach King

My Magical Life follows the weird and wonderful life of Zach, a boy who’s capable of doing magic (without a wand). Everyone wants to know how he does his tricks but mean girl Tricia wants to bring him down. The book comes with a super-cool app that brings the book and characters to life through awesome augmented reality. Tech fans will love scanning and tapping to interact with the characters that appear on the pages. Be sure to collect all the trophies!

Super Mario Official
Sticker Book

A legend in his own right, Mario and pals are a firm fave of all ages. And now he’s back, in sticker form! This awesome activity book features hundreds of stickers so that you can stick Mario and all of your fave characters’ faces onto your computer, notebooks, phone, and anywhere else that takes your fancy! You will love solving all the puzzles with this plumbing duo and their famous friends.

Hacker by Malorie

Vicky is the best hacker in the world and when her father is
arrested after being accused of stealing money from the bank he works at, she
uses her hacking skills to prove his innocence. She attempts to break into the
bank’s computer files… but will she be able to find the real thief before she
gets caught? This is a fantastic read for those with a passion for coding.

‘Through the Needle’s Eye’, review

In her first novel Through the Needle’s Eye, Linda Bledsoe provides a grim look into the dark side of the southern Appalachians’ life. It tells the story of Jessie, the oldest child in a poor family in the southern Virginia hills in the late 1950s.

The family has much more things to deal with than lack
of means. The father,
alcoholic with a violent temper, is horribly abusive, and the mother is unable
or even unwilling
to help herself and her children. Jessie and her younger brother and sister endure things that no child should, and they also see things that no child should see.

The children are always deprived: of a stable home, enough
food, decent clothes and toys, but also love, care, attention, and emotional support.

From the very beginning, we all understand that Jessie’s plight is
especially dire. Scarred by an accident, Jessie is considered worthless by
everyone, including her parents. As
the oldest child in the family, she is often called upon – or takes it upon herself – to take on responsibility beyond
her years.

The one good thing in her existence is Granny Isabelle, having lived through more than her own
share of hard times. Granny Isabelle sees something in Jessie that no one else takes time to
notice and tries to inspire her to believe that she can rise above. The Bible
informs much of Granny Isabelle’s advice and beliefs; the title of the novel refers to the eye
of the needle, and she tries to convince Jessie that she can make it through.

Without a doubt, Linda Bledsoe makes the desperate lives of children like Jessie horribly real. Therefore, we feel her terror, anger, and confusion when she watches her father beat her mother or waits for the blows that she knows are coming her way. Jessie and her siblings wet themselves so often that the story itself seems soaked in urine and snot at times.

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

An award-winning novel raises a lot of expectations, not only on its substance and style but also on its linguistic strength in connecting the readers with the imagined world of possible realities. In final, what count are the lingering thoughts the prose leaves the readers to keep on grappling with in solitude. Celestial Bodies, the first Omani novel to win the Man Booker prize, ticks all the boxes on being alluring, irresistible, and imaginative at the same time.

First published as Sayyidat al-qamar, the novel written by academic Jokha Alharthi traces an Omani family journey over 3 generations, through the twists and travails in a country emerging as a 1960s oil-rich Gulf state but was the last to abolish slavery in 1970. Crafted on a historical canvas carefully, it prisms the lived experience of three sisters when they swim through changing times which opens life in an Omani village to the world.

were surprises throughout
American historian Marilyn Booth, who translated the book into English and shared the prize.
What attracted Marilyn Booth to translate Alharthi was the absence of
stereotypes in her analysis of race, gender, and social distinction. Alharthi weaves individual
stories through a distinct but engaging and intricate narrative; meanwhile, the third-person account deals
with the person on
whom the chapter is named, the first-person reflections are by Abdallah, the lone voice in the world
of a
man who happens to be the husband of
the eldest sister.

in the Omani village of al-Awafi,
Bodies follows the stories of three sisters: Mayya, laying immersed in her sewing machine but
getting married
into a rich family after a heartbreak; Asma, at peace with her books and getting married
duty; and Khawla, having
spent the better part of her
with her mirror and having waited
to marry a man who had emigrated to Canada. Each has a share in the complicated relationships
in a domestic drama connecting
the ‘past’ with the ‘future’ through the ‘present’. 
It is the subtle artistry of the author which allows the characters to retain their
individuality meanwhile
remaining part of a home that has externalities of influences
at work all the time, shedding
light on travesties of life in Oman.