2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Storytelling

See, Hear, Feel—Mindfulness for Children One Moment at a Time, was published by Wisdom Publications, release Nov. 6, 2018. Authored by Emmanuelle Giumelli, with book design and art direction by Patricia Murphey, and illustration by Mathilde Gatinois.

So many books aim to present mindfulness in a way suitable for little kids; this one actually does it. There’s no jargon or tough concepts—just natural-language exploration of the senses and surroundings and breath; just simple, heartfelt wishes for the wellbeing of others. Creative and thoughtful mindfulness exercises will help teachers and parents gently and naturally guide children and will invite families to connect and be fully present with each other.

Emmanuelle Giumelli came to the US from France and earned an MA in Counseling Psychology in 2005. Since then she has been working as a mindfulness-based mental health therapist in the school and the community. After many years working with Flagstaff schools incorporating mindfulness into social-emotional learning curriculum, Emmanuelle became the program director for MindfulnessFirst.org an organization that offers mindfulness training. She is passionate about supporting parents and educators in bringing present-moment awareness and heartfulness into their relationship with children and youth. Emmanuelle’s work is sustained by a dedicated mindfulness practice. She lives in Flagstaff with her husband and children.

Illustrator, Mathilde Gatinois is an artist in Flagstaff, AZ. Patricia Murphey, associate professor of visual communication, is the designer and art director of the book.

Video of Project

Support from the Community:

“Created by three Flagstaff artists, authors, and educators, this book sold over 1000 copies in its first couple of weeks. The three women who created this book hope it will find its way onto the bookshelves and into the hands of many more children and parents, and bring the practice of mindfulness to the daily lives of thousands more. It is a beautiful children’s story, with vibrant artwork, and a modern design. Quite simply, it is an incredibly crafted book. I feel this collaborative effort should be recognized and celebrated by our entire creative arts community.”