I’m genuinely thrilled to feature lovely Shelley Wilson on Linda’s Book Bag once again. It’s been a while since Shelley ‘stayed in’ with me in a post you can read here.
I’ve previously interviewed Shelley here on the blog and she has explained here why she writes for the self-help market. Speaking of which, I have reviewed one of Shelley’s self-help books, Motivate Me: Weekly Guidance for Happiness and Wellbeing here too.
Today, thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things I am reviewing another of Shelley’s books, Meditation for Children.
Meditation for Children which is is published by BHC Press ais available for purchase here.
My review of Meditation for Children
From the moment I read Shelley Wilson’s introduction to Meditation for Children I felt its effect. The author has such a no-nonsense practical approach that the reader feels as if they can do exactly what she’s suggesting with ease. Quite frankly, once I’d read the breathing exercise in the opening ‘How to’ section I already felt more relaxed myself – never mind any children with whom the technique might be shared.
I think the way in which each of the ten meditations is structured is so well done. There’s a routine that could quite easily be one that older children could use for themselves independently, aside from sessions with adults using Meditation for Children. I could easily imagine an anxious child using the breathing technique to calm themselves in stressful situations.
Each story is short and accessible with situations that appeal to all children regardless of gender. The stories are entertaining whilst affording imaginative development and activities. I could envisage drama and role play as well as the suggested art work.
I must also acknowledge the lovely illustrations by Phaedra Elson. They have a naive quality and charm that appeals to adults and children alike. It would be lovely to discuss them with children if the meditations are used during the day so that youngsters can think about colour and art as well as enjoying the meditations and learning to relax.
I thought Meditation for Children was a super book, being practical, thoughtful and helpful. I really recommend it for children, but will be applying the techniques in my own adult life too.
About Shelley Wilson
Shelley Wilson divides her writing time between motivational non-fiction for adults and the fantasy worlds of her young adult fiction.
Her non-fiction books combine motivation and self-help with a healthy dose of humour, and her YA novels combine myth, legend and fairy tales with a side order of demonic chaos.
Shelley’s multi-award-winning motivational personal development blog has received several awards and has been named a Top 10 UK Personal Development Blog.
Shelley is an obsessive list maker who loves pizza, vampires, mythology, and history. She resides in Solihull, West Midlands, UK, where she lives with her three teenagers.
You can find out more about Shelley on her author blog or via her personal development blog. You can also follow Shelley on Twitter @ShelleyWilson72 and find her on Facebook (or here on Facebook for YA writing) and Instagram.
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