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Bellies to the Sky: A Bedtime Breathwork Book

ISBN: 9781643437866
Binding: Hardcover
Author: Colleen Canning
Illustrator: Allie Daigle
Pages: 56
Trim: 8 x 8 inches
Published: 6/8/2021

"A breath of fresh air! Powerful teachings on breathing through life."—Meg Flynn, MA, licensed marriage and family therapist and early childhood educator

It's time for sleep, little one. Breathe in and raise your belly to the sky . . .

From the Serengeti to the Arctic mountains, animals guide their little ones to sleep under the stars. With accessible breathwork for kids, this bedtime book will help lead your little one - and you - to a peaceful night's sleep.

Beautifully written and illustrated, this book will provide everyone who reads and listens to it with a sense of calm and stillness.


Colleen Canning, her husband, and their dog, Loki, live in Minnesota and enjoy traveling around the world. They have four adult children, a son-in-law, and an amazing granddaughter. Colleen was a corporate executive and coach before shifting her focus to launch her first children's book, Bellies to the Sky. Over the past thirty years, she has experienced the benefits of yoga and breath teachings in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Bahamas. As a result, she felt inspired to create children's books that honor our imaginations and instill loving peace and stillness.

Allie Daigle is an illustrator from Connecticut who strives to create detailed and immersive images that stimulate the imagination. Each of her illustrations leaps off the page, telling a story all its own. Whether in a children's book, on a product label, or in her many original pieces, Daigle's works implore the viewer to linger and explore the carefully crafted details within. Daigle's primary influences include other artists and works that explore the surreal and the oddities of life. Through her art she finds the most fulfillment in expressing her observations of the best, worst, and most ridiculous parts of our reality. Daigle received her BFA from the University of Connecticut in 2017 and has been illustrating professionally since 2016.


"This book is a breath of fresh air! My 9- and 5-year-old were completely engrossed in the images and message. This book is a must for every parent to enjoy and to use to connect their child with the powerful teachings on breathing through life." - Meg Flynn, MA, licensed marriage and family therapist and early childhood educator

"What a simple, beautiful and powerful teaching book for children and parents. We all need to practice being with our breath and bodies in the present moment, and how wonderful to start teaching our children this beautiful practice and to remember for ourselves the ever-present power of our breath. Bravo!" - Tracy Bowe, author of The Land Beyond Forever, Create the Life You Imagine: What Are You Waiting For, and From Oz to Om: The Spiritual Journey Home

"My new favorite book! Bellies to the Sky is a must for every parent, teacher, and counselor. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children the powerful practice of mindful breathing to experience a deeper sense of calm, relaxation, and peace." - Kate Flynn, elementary principal

"Breathtaking! Bellies to the Sky is the perfect bedtime ritual to guide little ones in mindful breathing that calms and quiets the mind, and helps them fall happily to sleep." - Ellen Jahnke, school counselor

"Bellies to the Sky is a gorgeously illustrated and written work that carries a powerful, unifying message for both parent and child. I can't imagine a better way to introduce a developing brain to the concept of mindfulness, while creating a powerful bonding experience between parent and child. Every parent should own this book!" - Paul Eigenberger, MD, Yale University Department of Psychiatry

"This is a beautiful book, both the writing and the illustrations! A great story of healthy life habits written in a subtle style sure to help teach children and the reader how to create a calming spirit, which I believe helps establish a foundation for living a happy life!" - Dave LaRue, CEO/owner/business coach and author of Pass the Ketchup