#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Books Early Readers Genre Lifespan of a Reader Picture Books Reading Themes

[#DecolonizeBookshelves2022] A 2021 Picturebook on Mindfulness

"My Heart Flies Open" by Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis.

Myra here.


My Heart Flies Open [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis Published by North Atlantic Books (2021) ISBN: 1623176131 (ISBN13: 9781623176136). Borrowed via Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

While this picturebook may be considered a children’s primer on yoga poses, I feel that it is much more – as can be deduced from the title on one’s heart flying open.

Each yoga pose is described in detail alongside a quiet declaration of one’s worth, an affirmation that one is loved and is of value.

I love the image above with all the butterflies flowing out of one’s being, birthing joy and beauty. While I would rather that the text-narrative ended with, say I am joy and I am love above – with the detailed yoga descriptions probably included in the Afterword, it did not diminish my overall enjoyment of this gorgeous picturebook.

The image above is an example of how the text seemed to be overly-long, and where the yoga description could have been added in the Afterword instead. That being said, I loved reading the Author’s bio where Omileye Achikeobe-Lewis was described to work as a “diversity trainer and gives talks on mindfulness, Indigenous wisdom, and their power to create peace in our world, communities, and school systems.”

I find myself gravitating more towards picturebooks like this that bring forth positivity and peaceful energies. The universe needs more narratives like this one.


#DecolonizeBookshelves2022 Update: 24 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

0 comments on “[#DecolonizeBookshelves2022] A 2021 Picturebook on Mindfulness

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: