May All People & Pigs be happy

Great news!! I’m pleased to announce North Atlantic Books will be publishing May All People & Pigs Be Happy. With Penguin Random House as the distributor; this new children’s picture book will be arriving at a bookstore near you in October 2019. The mission of this book is to nurture children's innate empathy and care through the practice of loving-kindness meditation. 

May All People and Pigs Be Happy follows seven-year-old Claire and her stuffed pig, Pigalina, through a series of encounters - with an angry friend, an elderly neighbor, and a loud, angry driver. From Pigalina, Claire learns some simple phrases that help her to feel kinder toward herself and others. First she learns: May I be safe. May I be happy. May I feel love. These few words help Claire feel happier, more focused, and kinder toward others in her life. With each new encounter, Pigalina teaches Claire to expand her kindness—first to May you be safe, then to May we be safe, and, finally, to, May all people and pigs be safe.

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This book has the power to change the world, one heart at a time.
— Nancy Inge Simpson, Head of School, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Houston, Texas.
I love May All People and Pigs Be Happy and am eager to see it in children’s hands. This is a wonderfully sweet heart offering.
— Tara Brach, Ph.D., Author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
Our nation can benefit from greater peace, love and equanimity through loving-kindness meditation. I endorse May All People and Pigs Be Happy.
— U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, 13th District of Ohio and author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit
May All People and Pigs Be Happy is a must-have for every school counselor, especially those who work with students in the primary grades. When a hurtful remark from a close friend leaves Claire feeling devasted, Pigalina teaches Claire that loving kindness meditation can help her manage her feelings and restore her inner peace. With its engaging text and gentle illustrations, May All People and Pigs Be Happy is an outstanding resource for all educators (and parents) who want to share the benefits of mindfulness meditation with the children they love.
— Heidi Rothschild, Retired School Counselor, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, Houston, TX
The message of loving kindness for all beings is beautifully illustrated in a story that kids & adults can resonate to. It should be in every health care provider’s office.
— Nellie Grose MD, Integrative Family Physician, Houston Texas
May All People and Pigs Be Happy will be a lovely addition to the tools parents can use to nourish kindness in their children.
— Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., Author of Pay Attention, for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life
Through May All People and Pigs Be Happy Micki has found a way to teach loving-kindness meditation to children with no background in meditation or mindfulness.
— Zindel V. Segal cognitive psychologist, a specialist on depression and one of the founders of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and author of The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness