Move Your Mood!
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Feeling blah? Here's what to do. Move your body and your mood moves too!
Move Your Mood! invites kids and adults to twist, wiggle, shake, hop…and smile! Reading this book with your child is an active and fun way to teach your child about emotions, and introduce the idea that moving our bodies affects the way we feel inside.
Ready to start feeling better? Move and groove your way into a better mood!
Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers with suggestions for how to use the book with your child, and additional ideas for teaching your child about emotions.
Brenda S. Miles, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and school settings. She sits quietly while she writes but twists to tunes during breaks to boost her mood and creativity! She is an author and co-author of several books for children, including The Moment You Were Born: A Story for You and Your Premature Baby, Stickley Sticks to It!: A Frog's Guide to Getting Things Done, and Princess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas, all published by Magination Press.
Colleen A. Patterson, MA, is a psychologist who has worked with children of all ages in hospital and school settings. She moves her mood by running and frequently races in support of children's mental health. She has coauthored two books with Magination Press, How I Learn: A Kid's Guide to Learning Disability and 1-2-3 A Calmer Me: Helping Children Cope When Emotions Get Out of Control.
Holly Clifton-Brown is an illustrator and artist based in Somerset, England. She graduated from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in 2008, and has since published several picture books and illustrations for an array of international publishing companies and clients. Her work combines traditional painting, mixed media, and collage with contemporary techniques to create a unique and imaginative visual language. When Holly is not doodling she enjoys long walks with her dog, Olive, and a generous amount of bubbles in her bath.
- Honorable Mention, Picture Books Ages 6 & Older, 2016 Purple Dragonfly Award
Boys and girls are encouraged to begin the day positively with a wide range of motions and affirmations, while adults are invited to use the pictures and text as a springboard for helping youngsters to foster a better understanding of emotions, fitness, and their symbiotic relationship. Illustrations by Holly Clifton-Brown show a delightful range of agile animals moving their own heads, tails, hooves, and tentacles, proving that healthy minds and healthy bodies are just a shimmy away.
The authors behind How I Learn: A Kid's Guide to Learning Disability suggest activity as a way to keep the blues at bay, introducing a parade of animals that show off a variety of movements…Clifton-Brown never lets her anthropomorphically accessorized animals look too dour (except perhaps for a cowboy cow in the opening scene, shown sitting beside some very droopy cacti), providing a secondary boost of positive thinking.