The world has its ideas of who you are/ but you don’t need them,/ to be the person you really are inside/ is Freedom. The empowering lyrical verse of Ofosu Jones-Quartey, a meditation teacher and hip-hop musician, offers a unique entry point to mindfulness and self-empowerment for kids ages 7 and up, with words that call out to be spoken, recited, or sung aloud. Accompanied by the vibrant illustrations of Ndubisi Okoye, each verse in Love Your Amazing Self carries a theme that encourages kids to affirm the positive in themselves and their lives, including: Be True to Yourself, Find Your Magic, Stand up for Kindness, Embrace Impermanence, and Ask for Help. Short reflections and activities accompanying each verse help kids embody the messages, strengthen their self-confidence, and bring greater joy into their own lives and those around them.
About the Author
Ofosu Jones-Quartey has been teaching mindfulness and meditation for more than 10 years, working with kids and families to bring mindfulness and positivity into practice in daily life via the gateways of sound and breath. As the recording artist BORN I, Jones-Quartey combines his meditative philosophy with hip hop and electronic music. Jones-Quartey is also a voice-over artist whose voice has been heard on Sesame Street, Ollie and Moon (as the voice of Stanley the Snail), and on the mindfulness app, Balance. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and four children.
Ndubisi Okoye is a multidisciplinary creative with a passion for art and design that tells a story. A graduate of the College for Creative Studies, Ndubisi is a Senior Advertising Art Director, designing for clients including General Motors, Chevrolet, Universal Music Group, Pepsi, Netflix, O (The Oprah Magazine), and HGTV. Combining hand-lettering, geometric shapes, vibrant color palettes, and tribal patterns, Ndubisi creates unique stories to motivate, represent, and inspire people, especially those throughout the African Diaspora. He lives in Detroit, MI.
Praise for Love Your Amazing Self: Joyful Verses for Young Voices
“If our children learn how to regard themselves with kindness, our world will become a more loving place. Overflowing with wisdom and creativity, practicality and charm, this book will open the door for children and adults alike. It invites us all to awaken the mindfulness and care that frees our hearts.”
— Tara Brach, PhD., clinical psychologist and bestselling author of Radical Acceptance