Monday, January 23, 2023

Review: Good night, Body by Britney Winn Lee


Genre: Children's 4-8
Published: February 7, 2023
Pages: 40

Bedtime can be full of big emotions for kids! Calm anxious, busy thoughts with this body scan meditation designed to help kids relax and prepare for sleep. This mindfulness practice will help children let go of the worries, stress, and excitement of the day as they reach their arms like a telescope, let their mouths hang like a hammock, dance their fingers like wind chimes, and listen to their hearts beat a reassuring cadence, "you're loved, you're loved."

From Britney Winn Lee, author of popular books The Boy with Big, Big Feelings and The Girl with Big, Big Questions, comes another powerful book for helping children navigate stress, form positive self-perceptions, and strengthen their hearts and minds. Good Night, Body echoes the comforting chants of Goodnight Moon as it leads children in greeting, moving, and relaxing each body part. With lyrical text and body-positive illustrations, this mindfulness picture book guides kids in connecting with who they are inside and out.

Good Night, Body: Finding Calm from Head to Toe is perfect for

  • children 4 to 8 and their parents and caregivers
  • families who enjoy yoga and mindfulness exercises
  • children who need a relaxing bedtime ritual to smooth the transition from play to sleep
  • children who experience anxiety, insomnia, bedtime fears, and intense emotions

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a short meditation book to help kids calm down and relax for sleep at the end of the day. Walking them through all their body parts to focus on them for a minute. I fully intend to give it a shot myself to see if it helps quiet my mind at the end of the day. I will report back with results. 

The illustrations were very purple feeling, which I consider a good thing because I like purple. I'm pretty sure they were just using more muted pastel like colors to help with calming feelings. The scent of lavender is supposed to be sleepy making, so maybe the color is too? 

Depending on how successful the book is at calming children down, would determine how often I would want to read this book I think. Unfortunately, my kids are a bit past the age of this type of suggestion, but maybe I can try it on my niece this weekend when I see her. 

Overall I give this book 3.6 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Britney Winn Lee writes to make room. She is a faith-rooted writer and pastor living in Shreveport, LA, with her creative husband and big-hearted son. She is the author of The Boy with Big, Big Feelings and The Girl With Big, Big Questions and is the editor of Rally: Litanies for the Lovers of God and Neighbor. A lifelong lover of the story of faith, Lee centers her work on wrestling through, dreaming about, and experimenting with how to better connect the church with the world. See what she's creating at and on social media @britneywinnlee.

Borghild Fallberg is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Arendal, Norway. She loves to illustrate cute and thoughtful children’s books and to tell stories through expressive characters. When she’s not creating books, stickers, cards, and other fun projects, Borghild enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, and learning new skills.

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