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Joy: A Celebration of Mindfulness

Written & illustrated by Katie Wilson
Published by Flowerpot Press
4.31 / 7.0
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Mar 3, 2020
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“A simple, yet enjoyable, reminder to find joy daily”

A diverse set of children play and work on a farm amid a sea of sunny green grass. Each illustration is accompanied by a short sentence encouraging mindfulness and finding joy in life’s simple pleasures and moments—”Find joy in stories,” “Find joy in snuggles,” “Find joy in caring,” etc. The illustrations follow the children throughout a day, where children may see the animals evening routine mirrors their own—meal time, bath time, quiet time, and finally bedtime. Each page abounds with details to point out and extend the reading experience for young readers(e.g. animals and plants to identify, the finer points of caring for horses and what different animals eat, etc.) and while the illustrations themselves are less charming and whimsical than much of Wilson’s past work (ABCs, Landmarks, Opposites), the added realism may be necessary for this book about finding the joy in the here and now. A nod to finding joy despite some amount of adversity would have been welcome, but the positive messages about finding joy in working together and caring and in everything around us make this an enjoyable addition to the board book collection.

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This book takes a playful approach to finding joy in our daily lives and features the many ways children can experience happiness. From finding joy in stories to finding joy in quiet time, readers will recognize the moments and actions that put a smile on their face.

What Kind of Book is Joy: A Celebration of Mindfulness

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Quotes from This Book

  • Find joy in snuggles.
    Find joy in stories.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Take a minute to pause and reflect on your day. Can you think of three moments today that have brought you joy?

  • Research shows that simply smiling can improve your mood. Try it! Is it working?

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.25 / 7.0
B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.5 / 7.0

I usually a big fan of Katie Wilson’s books, but this one has a different illustration style and I don’t love it as much (especially the people). Still a good book, but lacking in the illustrations when compared to her other titles. I do like the focus on mindfully recognizing the “joy” to be found in the little moments of each day. The farm setting is a fun addition, though I think I’d rather it not be set on a farm to be more applicable to a child.

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
4.0 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
4.5 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Joy: A Celebration of Mindfulness

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Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson is an illustrator and designer based in beautiful New Zealand.

Creating for both adults and children, her illustrations are sweet and cheerful with a handmade feel.

Her work has appeared in magazines, greeting cards and books. Clients include Hallmark, Papyrus, Rotovision, Quartet and Woodmansterne.

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Book Details

Publication Date:
March 3, 2020
Text Details:
This book was typeset in VAG Rounded.
Illustration Details:
The artwork for this book was digitally painted.

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