Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Nook: Giggles and Joy - Spiritual Life Lessons for Kids

I recently had a chance to review some books written by an author with a strong desire to make the world a better place: Giggles and Joy. 

The books are very heartwarming, with sweet words of advice by Ariane de Bonvoisin. They're designed to be spiritually inclusive; although they at times use the word God, it is in a generic enough way that it encompasses all faith traditions, even if the idea of God is just the energy surrounding us (and if you are a family that doesn't like the word God at all, the remaining pages are still beautifully written).

There are three books in the series.

Giggles and Joy gives new perspectives on everyday life by celebrating topics like Mother Earth in unique ways, a child's growing body and all its remarkable abilities, the importance of sleep, kindness and gratitude, dealing with bad days, and more. 

You Are Loved centers on the concept that love is everywhere, breaking it down into examples so practical and relatable that speaks to a child on a soulful level. It touches on feeling loved even in the face of illness or change, or when trying to navigate relationshipos with complex emotions.

Being You breathes energy into a child's essential connection to nature, terrestrial and spiritual. This book empowers children to believe in their strength of character, take charge of their lives by listening to their heart, and think for themselves. 

Ariane describes the books as being "'spiritual' in that they are imbued with love, optimism, humor, honesty and common sense.” They are not, she says, "for or against any religion. They do not promote or offend anyone's sense of God, a Divine Being, Life or the Universe. They will exist beautifully next to anyone's beliefs. It is urgent that we take care of our children's spirit as much as their minds and bodies.”

Each book in this charming series contains eight life skills, all which highlight valuable and impactful themes of childhood. Playful illustrations by Ellie Cross create a whimsical atmosphere as a backdrop for readers of all ages.

In addition to the Giggles and Joy series of children's books, Ariane also does much work with grown-ups on similar topics!  She has embarked on a mission to integrate amazing transformational content into bite-size daily practices for busy people with busy lives. Her new iOS and Android app, Mindful365, is a program that helps boost your spirit one day at a time. It provides a daily practice to focus on: a question to ask, an idea to contemplate, an emotion to focus on or let go of, or an action to take. Mindful365 allows you to do one small thing each day to know more about yourself, focusing on all key areas of life: health, family, career, finances, relationships, friendships, Higher Purpose and happiness. For more information on Mindful365, visit

Ariane writes, coaches and speaks frequently on issues of personal and professional change, happiness and inspiration, entrepreneurship, women in the workplace, parenting and the topic of mindful living and conscious business. She is passionate about helping parents, teachers and caregivers of all kinds raise happy, conscious, healthy and empowered kids. Her books are a contribution to that intention. She is a bestselling author, a speaker and has previously worked in the varied fields of consulting, big media, Venture Capital and startups. She considers herself a global soul having lived all over the world. Ariane has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows, including NBC's Today Show, the CBS Early Show, CNN and ABC News Now. She recently completed a TED Residency in New York and her TED Talk on Life Skills for young kids will be available soon.

Find out more about her and her work at

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