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Children's Nonfiction Emotions & Feelings

When I Feel

Easy Yoga for Big Feelings

by (author) Kathy Beliveau

illustrated by Julie McLaughlin

photographs by Jesse Holland

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
Emotions & Feelings, Fitness & Exercise, General
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
    List Price

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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

About the authors

Kathy Beliveau loves yoga, nature, writing, and all things that feed the soul. She has traveled extensively, sailed a third of the way around the world and now lives in a small seaside community on Vancouver Island, where she was raised and where she raised her own children. Kathy writes for children and adults, teaches yoga to all ages and presents at schools, festivals and professional development conferences.

Kathy Beliveau's profile page

Julie McLaughlin is an award-winning illustrator whose work includes commissions for editorial, advertising and publishing clients from around the world. Her previous books have been nominated for several awards, and she won the 2015 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Why We Live Where We Live. She is the illustrator of What Animals Want in the Orca Think series and Pride Puppy! Julie grew up on the Prairies and now resides on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.


Julie McLaughlin's profile page

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.


Jesse Holland's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools

Editorial Reviews

“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

“Fun, interactive, engaging and age-appropriate. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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