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When I Feel
Easy Yoga for Big Feelings
By (author): Kathy Beliveau Illustrated by: Julie McLaughlin Photographs by: Jesse Holland
Kathy Beliveau ,

Illustrated by :

Julie McLaughlin ,

Photographs by :

Jesse Holland


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Sep 14, 2021
Print Run: 8000
$19.95 CAD


8in x 8 x 0.38 in | 300 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


12 Halftones, color , 12 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C106973
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Emotions & Feelings
Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Yoga, meditation, mindfulness|Yoga for exercise|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Emotions, moods, feelings and behaviours|Interest age: from c 3 years
North America
BC Books for BC Schools 2021, Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
This instructional photographic picture book teaches children some basic yoga poses to help them accept and mindfully manage their (sometimes overwhelming) emotions.
Deep breaths for difficult emotions.

Sometimes I feel angry, so I become the sea. I breathe in deep an ocean breath and breathe out peacefully.

We may not be able to help the overwhelming feelings, but we can learn tools to help us regulate them. Practicing yoga can increase our ability to accept and mindfully manage our emotions. Yoga is known to have a positive physiological effect on practitioners of all ages and abilities.

When I Feel: Easy Yoga for Big Feelings offers effective yoga poses and breathing practices that help children embrace healthy ways of acknowledging their emotions. The rhythmic text and repetition engage young readers and support early literacy skills while the photographs layered with illustrations will show readers each pose in a playful way.

"This book pop[s] with personality.” - School Library Journal

Key Selling Points

  • When I Feel offers effective and powerful practices to help manage growing levels of stress in young people.
  • Encourages social-emotional learning for mental health and physical well-being.
  • The author is a certified yoga instructor and has studied and taught children’s yoga.
  • Photographs feature children in a range of ages and ethnicities.
  • Includes information at the end about how the specific poses featured affect our bodies when practiced.
  • An excellent resource for preschool-aged children with guidance by an adult, or grade-school readers who are learning independently.
  • When I Feel is user-friendly, fun and can be enjoyed by all ages, including those with little or no yoga experience.

Kathy Beliveau’s passion for yoga and nature shines through in her writing, presentations and workshops. She has studied yoga for children, yoga safety and is a certified yoga instructor. She is the author of The Yoga Game picture-book series (Simply Read) and co-author of the Strong Nations Yoga Cards. Kathy lives on Vancouver Island, close to nature and the sea.

Julie McLaughlin is an award-winning illustrator of numerous children's books, including Pride Puppy!, Little Cloud, and Why We Live Where We Live, winner of the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Her work with various editorial, advertising and publishing clients can be seen around the world. Julie grew up on the Prairies and now resides on Vancouver Island.

Jesse Holland is a professional photographer based in Victoria, British Columbia. Although Jesse has been photographing families, couples and weddings for over ten years, this is her first time photographing for a children's book.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“Fun, interactive, engaging and age-appropriate. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Beautiful photographs of children of many races are overlaid with vivid graphic illustrations of animals, movement, and nature. The combination makes this book pop with personality.” - School Library Journal

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