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Posted on March 23rd, 2020 in STEM literacy links

Breathe | Author: Ines Castel-Branco | Age: 4+

Boy with leaves attached to his arms

In the face of the stresses and uncertainties of the current world, educators and carers can help children to learn about techniques and strategies to release stress and to calm the body and mind.

The book ‘Breathe’ is a beautiful introduction to mindfulness and meditation and addresses preschool-aged children.

The protagonist is a young boy who can’t sleep. His mother shows him new ways to move his body and to notice his breathe that calm himself and make him feel comfortable. By imagining mountains or animals, blowing balloons or sailing boats, smelling roses, launching rockets or growing like a tree – the book wonderfully combines prior knowledge of the children with breathing techniques that can help young children to calm their minds and release tensions.

With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.

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