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Being a Dog

A Tail of Mindfulness

Maria Gianferrari, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)


List Price: 18.99*
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May/June 2022 Kids Indie Next List

“Who has not envied the delightfully simple life of a dog? Being a Dog is an engaging way to introduce young children to the idea of mindfulness. Kids will love the cute illustrations and easy instructions to be like their furry friends!”
— Jessica Baker, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC
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Simply be like a dog with this irresistible picture book by beloved author Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by #1 New York Times bestselling artist Pete Oswald that introduces readers to mindfulness.

Join a young child and their dog as they experience every minute of the day to its fullest—from the second they wake up to the moment they fall asleep. Readers will love barking, wagging, and sniffing along with the gentle cues in the book. 

Interactive backmatter includes prompts for a mindfulness walk that engages all five senses as well as a guided breathing exercise.

Praise For Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness

A cute mindfulness primer that will especially appeal to dog lovers. — Kirkus Reviews

Mindfulness is not an easy concept to practice or teach at any age, but this book is a wonderfully accessible introduction to a challenging skill. — School Library Journal (starred review)

HarperCollins, 9780063067912, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2022

About the Author

Maria Gianferrari and her rescue dog, Maple, play race-and-chase in Massachusetts, rain or shine. She’s the author of Being a Dog: A Tail of Mindfulness and these other pawsome dog “tails”: the Penny & Jelly books, Hello Goodbye Dog, Operation Rescue Dog, and To Dogs with Love. Can you tell that Maria loves dogs? Writing Being a Dog helped Maria feel joy again after losing her rescue dog, Becca. You can learn more about Maria at her website,

Pete Oswald is an LA-based artist, kid lit author/illustrator, and production designer. He is the co-creator of Mingo the Flamingo, published in 2017 by HarperCollins. Pete is also the illustrator of The Bad Seed, by Jory John. When Pete is not working on books he is helping to uplift many of the most successful animated franchises as a character designer, concept artist, and production designer. Pete lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife and two sons.