Mindful Bea

Bea is excited for her birthday until her anxiety interferes…

“What if my friends don’t like the games?”

“What will I do if they call me names?”

Like the fast-growing willow tree in the yard, Bea’s anxiety takes root and keeps growing and growing. She imagines all the worst possible outcomes and doesn’t think she can go through with her party. Using mindfulness techniques, she’s able to manage her anxiety in time to enjoy her party.

Worry is sometimes inevitable, Silver suggests, but learning basic relaxation techniques can go a long way toward empowering readers.

Publishers Weekly

The Anh’s Anger Books Trilogy

Teaching Children To Navigate Difficult Emotions

The books in this three part series teach mindfulness practices to children through imaginative story based fiction. These stories have been recognized by School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, The New Yorker, and have received acclaim from many others as a “must have” tool to help children navigate difficult emotions.

“A solid addition for collections in need of picture books on anger management, sibling rivalry, and self-control.”

– School Library Journal

“A Winning Series.”

– Publisher’s Weekly

“The Anh’s Anger books are wonderful gifts for both children and adults who want to learn how to change unhappy situations in joyful ones.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

The Anh’s Anger Books Trilogy

Teaching Children To Navigate Difficult Emotions

The books in this three part series teach mindfulness practices to children through imaginative story based fiction. These stories have been recognized by School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, The New Yorker, and have received acclaim from many others as a “must have” tool to help children navigate difficult emotions.

“A solid addition for collections in need of picture books on anger management, sibling rivalry, and self-control.”

– School Library Journal

Anh’s Anger

This wonderful and engaging story gives children and caregivers a concrete practice for dealing with anger and other difficult emotions. In Anh’s Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather asks him to stop playing and come to the dinner table. The grandfather helps Anh fully experience all stages of anger by suggesting that he go to his room and, “sit with his anger.” The story unfolds when Anh discovers what it means to sit with his anger. He comes to know his anger in the first person as his anger comes to life in full color and personality. Anh and his anger work through feelings together with humor and honesty to find a way to constructively release their thoughts and emotions and to reach resolve with Anh’s grandfather.

AWARDS and NOMINEES:

Recipient of The Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Awareness.

“One of the best books we’ve ever seen on the issue of dealing with anger. This story is simply amazing, healthy, beautiful…a gem.”

– ReachandTeach.com

“Anh’s Anger reminds us that anger is part of all of us and that mindful sitting and breathing can help transform it. Both adults and children will benefit from learning how to change an unhappy situation into a joyful one.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

“This simple yet deeply profound book demonstrates the author’s mastery in explaining these concepts to children and elucidating mindfulness teachings. A storytelling feast.”

– LA Yoga Magazine

“A wonderful lesson in accepting all parts of ourselves.”

– Lion’s Roar

“A wonderful tool to use with children when teaching about mindfulness and strong feelings.”

– Counseling Connections

Steps and Stones: An Anh’s Anger Story

When Anh, an easy to relate to elementary school boy, is left out at recess, his anger shows up to keep him company. Anger, personified as a red, hairy impulsive creature, has some ideas about how to best express himself, but Anh has other ideas,and is able to slow down and take his anger for a peaceful and magically transformative walk.

AWARDS and NOMINEES:

Nominee for the Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book award.

“In their second collaboration, Silver and Krömer have developed a winning series.”

– Publishers Weekly

“Sure to fill a niche for those tackling potentially thorny social situations, this straightforward and enlightened approach will appeal to many.”

– Kirkus Review

“This is book is an essential resource.  As a school counselor, I rely on books like this to help teach calming down techniques kids will actually use.”

– Books That Heal Kids

5 out of 5
“This story is masterfully told and illustrated.”

– Amazon Reviewer

5 out of 5
“My daughter goes to this book on her own when she’s upset.”

– Amazon Reviewer

Peace, Bugs, and Understanding: An Adventure in Sibling Harmony

It’s not always easy having a sibling. In this third installment of the Anh’s Anger series, Anh is all grown up and is enjoying a picnic with his daughters. Lily, the older of the two, lashes out her younger sister, Ruby who “always ruins everything.” Thanks to some preplanning on Dad’s part, Lily gets absorbed in a wonderful book, the story of her great grandfather’s encounter with a strange looking frog-like creature called Anger. The precious old journal takes us back to the final pages of Anh’s Anger where Lily discovers Metta, a technique that has helped people transform anger into loving kindness for thousands of years.

“A solid addition for collections in need of picture books on anger management, sibling rivalry, and self-control.”

– School Library Journal

“Highly recommended for sharing with young people, and for public library children’s collections.”

– The Midwest Book Review

“A great choice for a delightful and creative story that can open up a discussion on family harmony.”

– Examiner.com

“Metta, a practice so simple a child can do it, is the lesson thoughtfully illustrated in Peace, Bugs and Understanding. Written from the perspective of an older sibling, Peace Bugs and Understanding teaches Metta as a gentle tool for self-calming and a way to share heart-centered caring with others.”

– Spirit of Change Magazine

“An Excellent story within a story.”

– NetGalley Reviewer

A Peaceful Place Inside

A compilation of yoga songs and meditations for children

Written by Yoga Child Founder, Gail Silver and performed together with the Yoga Child Staff, A Peaceful Place Inside plays like a greatest hits of Yoga Child’s  treasured meditations, and and favorite yoga songs.  Through music and expert instruction, Gail teaches little ones how their bodies and breath can work together to calm a mood, power a train, reach outer space and grow a seed into a flower.  A Originally created as a teaching supplement to accompany the Yoga Child Teacher Training program, this compilation has earned some hearty awards and made its way onto some essential kid yoga play lists.

AWARDS and NOMINEES:

Parents Choice Foundation Award.

“This is the first review I’ve ever written, but the Cd a Peaceful Place Inside, is so good and it doesn’t have a review yet, so hear goes :).”

– Amazon.com Review

“Charming and approachable, child advocate and yoga instructor Gail Silver delivers child-friendly instruction for exercise, breathing techniques designed to calm as well as energize and imaginative activities developed to mitigate stress. Gentle suggestions that Moms and Dads can benefit from these exercises are given with a wink and a smile. And Silver’s humor is intelligent; Farm Animal Chants is a respectfully clever riff on the breathing chants of Ohm.”

– The Parents’ Choice Foundation

“My kids, currently 2 and 4, love this CD. We listen to it in the car, where they can do the breathing exercise parts, and my listens to it at home and follows the instructions from beginning to end – it effectively gives him his own yoga practice. I stumbled across this CD at our local library, and the boys loved it so much I ended up buying them a copy of their own.”

– Amazon.com Review

“Yoga Child, A Peaceful Place Inside is a mix of relaxing songs and meditations. Each piece incorporates simple yoga asanas and breathing exercises. As a children’s yoga instructor myself, I was very impressed with this CD. It’s extremely relaxing and uses wonderful imagery to encourage children to get through an entire yoga practice with only auditory cues while allowing them to be silly & have fun at the same time.”

– The Opinionated Parent

“The yoga exercises are simple but effective (actually good for adults, too!), and explained in a way that is very accessible to kids. The songs and spoken instructions/explanations are simple, fun, and lovely, and still bring all the richness yoga has to offer to kids in a way that speaks to them. Fun and relaxing all at once.”

– Amazon.com Review

“Excellent, excellent!”

– Kathy O’Connell, Radio Host of award winning, WXPN’s “Kid’s Corner

Planting Seeds of Mindfulness

Looking for a way to engage your children digitally but mindfully?

Check out the film Planting Seeds of Mindfulness, an animated, live action film based upon the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh and the plum village community.  Gail was honored to collaborate with the Mindful Cloud team, to spend time with her venerable teachers and to co-write this screenplay with Iulia Jolly Socea. 

Gail Silver

Philadelphia based award-winning children’s book author, founder and director of Yoga Child, Inc. and Founder and CEO of The School Mindfulness, Project Inc.

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