The Must List
Kid-friendly books, mats, and more for back-to-school and a peaceful fall.
1 The Wild Unknown ANIMAL SPIRIT DECK & GUIDEBOOK
Writer and illustrator Kim Krans created this box set for self-discovery, inspired by creatures real and mythical. Identify your own spirit animal, give readings, and pore over the mystery and magic of each being. Krans asks, “What can we learn from the great creatures who have inhabited our planet since the dawn of time?” Delve in to find out for yourself ($40, thewildunknown.com).
2 Weleda ALMOND SOOTHING HAND CREAM
This autumn, protect hands from cooler, dryer climes with this creamy, silky-soft moisturizer for sensitive skin. It’s fast absorbing and fights free radicals with antiinflammatory almond oil—one of nature’s top purveyors of vitamin E ($13, weleda.com).
3 Little Flower Yoga MINDFUL MONDAYS
This free, 25-week resource helps classroom teachers and administrators foster mindfulness by providing tools to support self-awareness and inquiry among children. Weekly emails include teachable tips, instructions for practices, plus other content for consciousness (littlefloweryoga.com).
4 Ethan’s TURMERIC-APPLE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR SHOT
Banish back-to-school blues (crack-of-dawn wakeups, running to catch the bus) with a daily jolt of Mother Earth’s ultimate remedy. This tart, turmeric-instilled formula is charged with black pepper for optimum absorption of curcumin (turmeric’s inflammation-fighting superpower) plus a little lemon for a detoxifying zing. We’ll take two, please ($36 for a case of 12, ethans.com).
5 Grizzylove BABY BUDDHA ONESIE
Silk-screened by hand in northern California, this organic-cotton onesie is available in sizes 3–24 months— and reminds us to practice inner peace even at life’s (and little one’s) craziest moments ($24, grizzylove.com).
6 Gunner & Lux with Treehouse Kid & Craft ALPACA NECKLACE
Eight-year-old girlboss Riley KinnanePetersen designs playful baubles alongside her dad, jewelry maker John Petersen, from their home in Atlanta. For this collaboration with Treehouse Kid & Craft—a Georgiabased kids shop and creative space with responsibly made flair for all ages—Riley and co. paired a fave farm animal with iconic Liberty of London fabric. Now your little yogis can reinvent alpaca yoga in your living room ($25, gunnerandlux.com).
7 Duck Duck Dog KIDS YOGA MAT
Designed for yogis ages three through nine, this toxin-free mini-mat promotes excitement around asana. We love how it’s lightweight and easy to clean, plus it’s vegan, cruelty-free, and a portion of each sale helps to support orphaned animals ($29–$33, duckduckdog.com).
8 Abrams Appleseed I AM YOGA BOOK
Even the tiniest yogis can learn to quiet their minds, open their hearts, and cultivate fullness and a lasting sense of calm with this beautifully illustrated picture book from certified yoga instructor Susan Verde. Bonus? Download the companion “I Am Yoga” song, in which the book’s themes are playfully put to music (hardcover from $12, susanverde.com).
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