Best Books for KidsHere 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.
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
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.
The book describes how many different ways people all over the world celebrate the sunrise.
by Byrd Baylor
by Deborah Sosin
by Maud Rogiers
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.
by Katrina Goldsaito
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.
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.
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.
Come on a journey to see how people in different countries prepare, eat, and think about their food.
by: Whitney Stewart
In Alphabreaths, children will learn their ABCs and the basics of mindfulness through playful breathing exercises.
The story weaves in mindfulness techniques of Yoga Nidra, an ancient form of meditation, which will help children have a direct experience of peace and relaxation.
Books About Emotions
A little girl as takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things. Now is a clever and poignant picture book by the award-winning artist, Antoinette Portis.
by Antoinette Portis
A counting book of the Japanese garden and haiku poetry. A young girl explores the garden’s beauty, and discovers the fun of haiku.
by Celeste Mannis
This book helps children identify their feelings and helps them to better understand them.
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?
Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Nikolai searches for the answers to his three questions. The book is about compassion and being engaged in each moment.
The story is told from the point of view of a child with Asperger Syndrome. It highlights the triumphs of his experiences in a day at school.
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.
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.
Stories for Bedtime
A children’s book based on the traditional Mexican counting song “Un elefante se balanceaba.”. It teaches how to count to five and can also be the perfect bedtime story.
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.
This easily digestible guide introduces kids to mindfulness as a way to find clarity, manage stress, handle difficult emotions, and navigate personal challenges.
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.
by: Whitney Stewart
25 Tips to Mindfulness for Young Children
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