Jana York has written a lovely mindfulness book called “U is for Understanding.” I honestly love this book, it helps bring mindfulness to life and introduces so many great mindfulness activities through engaging storytelling.

I think it’s perfect for educators, too. The story plays out in a school environment which makes it relatable to school children and at the end of the book you’ll find 30 mindfulness activities you can practice with your children after you’ve read the book. Why not read a chapter and try an activity! Brilliant idea and a truly lovely book. Well done Jana!!

You can watch the first three chapters of the book below and you’ll find “U is for Understanding” on Amazon here.

This video by my friend Brigitte from Kindness Classroom includes the first three chapters PLUS three of the 30 different mindfulness activities included in the book. Enjoy!

If you like what you see then consider subscribing to Brigitte’s Youtube channel and supporting Jana for her outstanding work by checking out her book here.

Here are a few Amazon customer reviews for “U is For Understanding” by Jana York:

★★★★★ Must have for your library!

“U is for Understanding provides an excellent method for teaching children about mindfulness in bite-size snippets of relatable content. As an added bonus, Jana York provides plenty of fun and helpful exercises at the end of the book to help reinforce these ideas.”

★★★★★ Wonderful storyline and whimsical art, what a joy to read!

“What a wonderful gift to the world, Jana York! This book is not just for youth, but for each and every one of us who strive to be more mindful, more thoughtful, more intentional and more purposeful in life. What a joy to read, such whimsical art to enjoy!”

★★★★★ Such a lovely book!

“What a lovely book! I bought it for my grandchildren and they just dived straight into it as soon as it was delivered by Amazon.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to more from Jana York.

And here’s a short synopsis:

Join Claire on her journey toward mindfulness in this engaging story:

Claire is an amiable and spunky second grader with a colorful imagination and short attention span. Ms. Sage, her wise teacher is passionate about capturing her students’ awareness one breath at a time. Over the next 8 weeks, she will introduce new concepts to her students in hopes to plant seeds for growing mindfully. By exploring their inner and outer experiences, scavenger hunts, and a gigantic jar of jellybeans, readers and listeners are engaged as the students’ time in the classroom overflows into daily challenges of life.

Ms. York has been a children’s mindfulness educator and a mindfulness practitioner for more than a decade. She has conducted research and written on mindfulness. Her main passion is teaching children how to reduce anxiety and self-regulate while being in the present moment.

Again, well done Jana!! Happy reading! :-)

Wishing you peace and joy,

Chris Bergstrom

Chief Mindfulness Ninja @ Blissful Kids


Chris Bergstrom is a bestselling mindfulness author, a leader in the field of mindfulness, the founder of BlissfulKids.com, a blog dedicated to children’s mindfulness, and a dad who is thrilled to practice mindfulness with his son. He is a certified mindfulness facilitator and trained to teach mindfulness to students in K-12. He’s also known as “the dad who tried 200+ mindfulness activities” and has taught meditation for more than 15 years.