Best Books for Kids

Here are links to some of my favorite books for Kids

Books About Mindfulness

Puppy Mind is a picture book for both children and adults. It’s about a boy who has a puppy mind that always wanders away.

Puppy Mind
by: Andrew Jordan Nance

 

The deck of cards include exercises and practices that can help kids to calm their mind and body, pay attention, feel happier and confident, become more self-aware, connect with others and have fun. It encourages kids to practice mindfulness skills each time they win a hand.

Mindfulness Skills for Kids: Card Deck and 3 Card Games Cards
by Debra Burdick

The cards are designed to help children feel grounded, improve focus,find calm, practice loving-kindness and relax. It has easy-to-follow steps for children of all abilities.

Mindful Kids: 50 Activities for Calm, Focus and Peace
by Whitney Stewart

 


One of Thich Nhat Hanh’s best known and most innovative meditation practice, Pebble meditation. It is a playful and fun activity for children.

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles
by Thich Nhat Hanh

The book is lively in spirit and humor. It’s about the special bond between a grandparent and grandchild. It also shows the joy of learning new things, such as tai chi and yoga for all ages.

A Morning with Grandpa

by Sylvia Liu

 

 In this story, Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light. The book is filled with unique three-dimensional collage paintings.

Grandfather Gandhi Hardcover
by Arun Gandhi

The book describes how many different ways people all over the world celebrate the sunrise.

The Way to Start a Day
by Byrd Baylor

About a young boy and his old teacher who teaches him how to listen to sounds and songs of the natural world.

The Other Way to Listen
by Byrd Baylor
A story about Charlotte and her puppy, Otto. Together they discover a quiet place in the park where she learns and practices mindful breathing.
Charlotte and the Quiet Place
by Deborah Sosin
The book encourages children to slow down on their actions and thoughts. It includes rhythms imagery, and a quiet self-awareness and mindfulness guide.
Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids
by Maud Rogiers
A story of mindfulness and meditation. It is about brother and sister, Henry and Emma.
The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation
by Licia Morelli


Yoshio goes on a  journey through the hustle and bustle of Tokyo city to find the most beautiful sound. He goes through all the sounds to find the beautiful sound of silence.
The Sound of Silence
by Katrina Goldsaito

The listening walk teaches children to walk and not talk and not hurry. It encourages them listen to a world of wonderful and surprising sounds.

The Listening Walk

by Paul Showers


A book about silence in the world that we live in.

Silence
by Lemniscates


A book filled with step-by-step simple instructions for yoga poses and poems. It teaches children and adults stretching, posture, and breath work to help their bodies prepare for a restful sleep.

Yawning Yoga
by Laurie Jordan

A book that inspires young dreamers to be doers. A story about a girl named Rae who learns what it means to be an entrepreneur.

What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur?
by Rana DiOrio

This book is for teens, it teaches them how to shape your brain, build its strengths, and avoid dangers with the decisions they make. It’s a brain owner’s manual.

The Owner’s Manual for Driving Your Adolescent Brain
by Joann Deak

 


Come on a journey to see how people in different countries prepare, eat, and think about their food.
What’s on Your Plate?: Exploring the World of Food
by: Whitney Stewart

 

Children are then encouraged to give their own amygdala a superhero name; thus encouraging children to take ownership of themselves and their feelings.

Hey Warrior
By Karen Young

 

Books About Emotions


A counting book of the Japanese garden and haiku poetry. A young girl explores the garden’s beauty, and discovers the fun of haiku.
One Leaf Rides the Wind
by Celeste Mannis

A story about finding yoga and happiness.

The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story
by Uma Krishmaswam

This book helps children identify their feelings and helps them to better understand them.

Visiting Feelings
by Lauren Rubenstein

A book to help parents, teachers, and children talk about anger. kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. What do you do?

When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry… (Scholastic Bookshelf)
by by Molly Bang

A story about Bella, a squirmy little caterpillar about to turn into a butterfly. She learns to become more calm, focused and grateful.
Squirmy Learns to be Mindful by Joree Rosenblatt

 

 

A thought-provoking look at the world from the eyes of a small child. It offers a youthful perspective on how children are affected by war, racism, environmental issues and other important topics.

Grown-Ups, the World, and Me
by Judith Lazar

Books About Kindness

This story is about an average girl who decides to pick some blueberries for her neighbor. The neighbor bakes blueberry muffins and gives plates of them to five other people. This good deed turns into a chain of strangers doing kind things for other strangers.

Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson and Fumi Kosaka

This sweet book tells the story of Brian, a quiet boy who never makes a fuss or much noise at all. He feels invisible compared to the other children who are the center of the teacher’s attention by being loud, or the children with lots of friends who get picked first for sports.

The Invisible Boy
by Trudy Ludwig

 

This book is about a boy named Nikolai who wants to be a good person, but is not always sure how. His three animal friends help him answer these questions, but they all have slightly different approaches. He eventually learns that the right time is now, the important one is the one you are with, and the right thing to do is good.

The Three Questions
by Jon J Muth

This book is about a cake, who is, very rude. He never says please or thank you, never listens, and doesn’t share well. One day a giant cyclops takes the rude cake and wears him as a hat. The cyclops has great manners, but the cake hates being a hat.

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

CJ spends most of the journey asking “How come…?” questions about everyone and everything. His grandmother answers each question with patience and eventually they leave the bus to volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

In this book, we see a young boy dreaming about getting a pair of really cool shoes. Unfortunately, his family does not have the money for this dream to become a reality.

Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts

 

This book is about an elephant who discovers an entire community living on a speck of dust. With his big ears, Horton is the only animal in the jungle who is able to hear the Whos

Horton Hears a Who
by Dr. Seuss

This is about a boy who is having a great summer until Jeremy Ross moves in down the street. Jeremy excludes people from birthday parties and laughs when they strike out in baseball. The narrator’s father makes enemy pie to help defeat Jeremy Ross.

Enemy Pie
by Derek Munson

The chorus brings all of these kids with many differences together, singing “We all sing with the same voice. The same song. The same voice. We all sing with the same voice and we sing in harmony.”

We All Sing With the Same Voice
by J. Philip Miller and Sheppard M. Greene

This book introduces an idea that everyone has an “invisible bucket.” These buckets are used to hold your good thoughts and feelings about yourself. When you do something kind, you help fill someone else’s bucket.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
by Carol McCloud

 

This story is about a zookeeper who is great friends with all of the animals and takes the time out of his day to do what they like with them. One day, he is too sick to go to work and the animals decide to come and visit him.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

This story is about a new girl at school, named Maya and how Chloe, who has gone to the school for a while, reacts when she arrives. Chloe is not welcoming towards Maya and excludes her from the group games. Maya leaves and Chloe is left feeling full of regret.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

The book aims to help, encourage, teach, and develop a powerful positive mindset for kids and adults. The main character, Birdy, believes in love, kindness, and staying positive!

The Birdy Book Series: Life Lessons and Positive Affirmations for Kids and Their Adults!
by Stephanie Van De Ven

The book is about a group of friends who experience what it means to be present at school, home, and the beach. It teaches children how to notice when someone needs help, to wait patiently for their turn, and focus on what’s happening now.

What Does It Mean to Be Present?
by Rana DiOro

 


Nikolai searches for the answers to his three questions. The book is about compassion and being engaged in each moment.

The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]
by Joh J. Muth


The book shows young children how to be kind through simple ways and small acts of kindness.

What Does It Mean to Be Kind?
by: Rana DiOrio

A tale of a young boy and a cow, who is his breakfast guest. It has humorous lessons.

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen
by Diana Prichard

The book shows that size is more than a matter of height. It teaches both children and adults about the importance of values over valuables.

BIG
by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The story is told from the point of view of a child with Asperger Syndrome. It highlights the triumphs of the his experiences in a day at school.

Spaghetti Is Not a Finger Food: (and other life lessons)
by Jodi Carmichael

A book of children singing and dancing about their traditions from all over the world. It encourages children to open their minds to new possibilities and celebrate diversity in people.

What Does It Mean to Be Global?
by Rana DiOrio

Sammy’s Next Move is a wonderful story about a snail named Sammy who lives around the world with his parents. He is a ‘third culture kid’, TCK or global nomad. He often moves to new countries and has to change schools and make new friends.

Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries
By Helen Maffini

 


the real-life rescue story of Marshall, the Newfoundland dog, and the people aboard the W.F. Marshall in 1877.

Marshall, the Sea Dog
by: Whitney Stewart

 

A familiar book to many, this book tells the heartfelt story of a boy and a tree who loved each other very much, but the boy ends up taking parts of the tree until the tree is worn down into a stump. At the end of the book, the boy (now an old man) just needs a place to sit, so he and the stump sit together.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

 

Stories for Bedtime

A remarkable story about an 11-year-old cabin boy named Sparks. He takes a journey on the Southern Cross, a pirate ship that is led by Captain Barracuda.

The Treasure of Barracuda
by Llanos Campos

A children’s book based on the song traditional Mexican counting song “Un elefante se balanceaba.”. It teaches how to count to five and can also be the perfect bedtime story.

Little Elephants/Elefantitos: A bilingual lift-the-flap book
by Susie Jaramillo

A story about 14 year old Willa Havisham who leaves Cape Cod. She ends up in Troy, New York, where she discovers new friends, adventures, and a new meaning of home.

Roar Like a Girl (Always Willa)
by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

The book is based on one of the most popular Spanish songs “Los Pollitos Dicen.”

Little Chickies/Los Pollitos: A bilingual lift-the-flap book
by Susie Jaramillo

A book about ideas. It compares fireflies to ideas and includes practical tips, free space for creativity, and “spark starters”, to help bring their new ideas to life!

Fireflies: A Writer’s Notebook
by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

A rhyming bedtime story about little Sofia befriending the Moon and sets off ona dreamy adventure to visit her friend. An inspiring book on protecting the Earth.

Sofia’s Dream
by Land Wilson

Being mindful won’t take away your problems, but it can help you handle them. In this activity book, kids will learn to settle their thoughts and look inward through a series of fun writing prompts, games, and meditation exercises. 

Mindful Me Activity Book
by: Whitney Stewart

 

This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges. 

Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids
by: Whitney Stewart

 


Opening vertically, beautiful words and illustrations depict the life of Siddhartha Gautama, a young, wealthy prince who eventually gave up his worldly ways until he attained supreme enlightenment to become Buddha.
Becoming Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha
by: Whitney Stewart

 

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