From Justin Sunseri (that’s me), a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist – Astr0 Pi6 is for middle schoolers and their families. Beautiful artwork and an imaginative story combined with social and emotional skill regulation tucked in.
Astr0 lands on various planets and catalogues everything he can into his trusty Recorder. On this particular planet, he befriends (awkwardly) a teddy bear/monkey creature, who then leads Astr0 to his village. Once there, Astr0 discovers the giant problem the cute little creatures face…
Kids and their families will learn how to rate feelings, which can help to look at inner bodily experiences more objectively – a mindfulness skill. They will also learn a deep breathing technique to help calm down. The book is intended for middle-graders with vocabulary that is a bit more challenging to the reader (and putting parents on the spot!). My daughter (9) absolutely loved the book and wanted more. Parents can also make up their own words while younger kids look at the highly imaginative and colorful pictures, just as I do with my toddler son (3).