My new best friend comforts me when I feel sad, encourages me when I feel frustrated, and is happy for me when I'm having fun.
When people we care about are having a hard time, we usually treat them with kindness and understanding—yet when we are the ones having a hard time, we are often quick to be unkind. We may get angry and impatient with ourselves, even calling ourselves nasty names.
My New Best Friend invites children to break free of this pattern of “inner bullying,” helping them treat themselves with kindness and understanding—laying the groundwork for emotional resilience, self-compassion, and positive self-esteem.
“This is an absolutely delightful book that perfectly delivers the message of self-compassion in a way that is fun and easy to understand for kids. Parents who buy this book for their children will be giving them a gift to last a lifetime!” —Kristin Neff, Ph.D, author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
“Sara Marlowe’s wonderful new book teaches children resilience by showing them how to be their own best friend. It belongs in every child’s bookshelf!”
– Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of The Mindful Child and co-founder of Inner Kids
“My New Best Friend is my new favorite book. It teaches self-compassion in such an engaging, fun, beautiful way. This is a wise and heart felt book.”
– Daniel Rechtschaffen, author of The Way of Mindful Education
“Most of us try to be nice to other people but often, we don’t offer that consideration to ourselves. My New Best Friend is a charming picture book that aims to teach kids age four and up how they can be kind and patient with themselves.”
– Lion's Roar
“This is an absolutely delightful book that perfectly delivers the message of self-compassion in a way that is fun and easy to understand for kids. Parents who buy this book for their children will be giving them a gift to last a lifetime!”
– Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion
“This lovely book on the crucial concept of self-compassion is a rare find in children's literature. If young people learned to be their own best friend, much sorrows would be avoided in our human world.”
– Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, PhD, author of Creating a Positive School Culture
“My New Best Friend is my new favorite children's book, and one I wish I'd had as a child. I look forward to sharing the book and its powerful lessons of self compassion with my son and my clients.”
– Dr. Christopher Willard, PsyD, author of Growing Up Mindful
“Blending humor with a caring appreciation for the joys and struggles facing young children, My New Best Friend reminds us that the most powerful resources for self-regard and support are much closer at hand than we may think.”
– Zindel V. Segal, author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
“What a delightful way to start learning self-compassion! This charming book shows how to be kind and understanding toward ourselves—encouraging, witnessing, comforting, sharing, forgiving, counseling, and supporting ourselves when we need it the most. May we begin early and enjoy this good company all the days of our lives.”
– Christopher Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion