The benefits of mindfulness are numerous. For example, mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety, and the tendency to become depressed. It can also help to improve memory, too.
Therefore, it is best to teach kids to be mindful while young to improve their social skills and memory and help them live better lives.
One of the best ways to teach children is through books. So, look no further if you are looking for books that can teach your kids mindfulness.
In this article, you will find thirteen great books you can employ to teach your children to be mindful, be in the present moment, and take charge of their lives.
13 Books That Teach Kids Mindfulness
A World of Mindfulness
Author: Erin Alladin
In ‘A world of mindfulness,’ Erin Alladin vividly portrays children’s views and experiences of life – from how kids feel their muscles when running to how sensitive they are to the turning pages’ sounds, the taste of cookies, and other events.
The book, using picturesque illustrations, highlights positive and negative emotions and instills a strong sense of self in young readers. Thus, it is a suitable book for classrooms, homes, and other settings where you want to teach children mindfulness.
Then, the book closes with a note on mindfulness practice; your kids will want to read it again and again.
The Breathing Book
Author: Christopher Willard and Olivier Weisser
Through ‘the breathing book,’ the authors help young minds recognize the power of mind awareness. They were able to achieve this through a set of breathing practices and other engaging practices.
These activities help kids control their minds as they spark creativity and engage their imaginations. Christopher Willard and Olivier Weisser designed this book to be interactive. So, the lessons stick better since they’re not just flipping the pages.
Also, the activities are such that kids can follow through easily as the instructions are straightforward. For example, some activities include balancing the book on your head, tracing shapes, and sending kind wishes to people.
The Magic is Inside You
Author: Cathy Domoney
Authored by Cathy Domoney (a teacher and life coach) and with illustrations by Karen Davis, ‘The magic inside you’ is the story of Madeleine as she uncovers the power of mindfulness and uses it as a tool to steer herself to confidence and success.
The book also contains resources or activities for teachers, parents, and guardians to help their kids/children develop positive self-esteem. The author – using compelling illustrations – paints the typical experience of children (positive and negative thoughts/emotions).
Furthermore, it guides kids on how to gain control over negative self-thoughts and fosters a positive mindset for success.
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress
Author: Laurie Grossman
While children are considered carefree, childhood is not without its stress and difficulties.
So, ‘master of mindfulness’ equips children with all they need to remain calm, stay focused, and be confident regardless of what they encounter in life.
This book empowers children and shows them how mindfulness and calming down can help them better address stress or difficult situations.
Moreover, the ‘master of mindfulness’ is as practical as you can imagine. It contains a series of helpful practices and mindful activities that help kids make better decisions, even when life is not going the way they want.
Overall, this book helps prepare kids for issues they may come across daily.
Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Listen Like an Elephant
Author: Kira Willey
This book, ‘listen like an elephant,’ contains a practical approach to achieving mindfulness – listening like an elephant. It is one of the books in the ‘mindfulness moments for kids’ series.
The exercise in the book is simple, easy to follow, and can be practiced almost anywhere (in the car, at home, or even in school).
‘Listen like an elephant’ teaches kids to hold up and listen to their environments. This activity helps them to redirect their focus on what matters – the mind.
Moreso, the kids have fun while learning to be mindful.
Calm: Mindfulness for Kids
Author: Wynne Kinder
‘Calm: mindfulness for kids’ helps kids understand their feelings and thoughts while having fun at the same time. It contains several activities like making a mindfulness jar, eating mindfully, going out into nature, and exploring the outside world.
With the book, you (as a parent, guardian, or teacher) will find all you need to understand your child’s mind and help them build their self-esteem and confidence.
The contents are flexible to suit different kids’ personalities. Using this book, your kids will learn to observe their feelings and thoughts.
Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
Author: Whitney Stewart
Whitney Stewart wrote ‘Meditation is an open sky’ to help kids master and gain control over their minds, thus, improving their mental health.
She employs interactive and engaging exercises to help kids (of any age) learn better ways to handle stress, challenges, and emotions.
The illustrations by Sally Rippin also ensure the message hit home. You can use this book as a tool in teaching kids how they can use mindfulness to deal with the daily stresses they encounter.
Marmalade the Moose’s Mindful Meanders
Author: Elyse Jett-Clark
This book presents mindfulness in practice. It is a story of a moose (Marmalade) as she endeavors to be in the present and mindful during her journey (visits to the farm and beach, hikes, etc.).
The book focuses on gratitude, happiness, mindfulness meditation, and other mindful practices. It also shows several examples of mindful practices that children can easily practice.
You will find this book helpful in teaching your kids mindfulness.
Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing
Author: Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen
‘Alphabreaths’ is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the concept of mindfulness, gratitude, and breath awareness. The authors of ‘Alphabreaths’ infused the alphabet and mindfulness.
With this approach, your kids learn not only ABCs but also to wish others good, appreciate nature and be grateful.
The book also has magnificent illustrations by Holly Clifton-Brown.
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere
Author: Kira Willey
With illustrations from Anni Betts, ‘Breathe like a bear’ is a collection of 30 mindfulness exercises. These exercises guide kids in managing their breath, bodies, and emotions.
Some mindful practices include short breathing exercises (a playful and fun activity) that kids can use almost anywhere. The book also helps kids maintain calmness and focus and remain refreshed all day.
Mind Bubbles: Exploring Mindfulness with Kids
Author: Heather Krantz
Heather recognizes the stressful effect of our digitized and natural world today. Therefore, she uses her book, ‘mind bubbles,’ to break mindfulness into small, easy-to-follow steps.
So, kids can use them as tools to combat their daily stress. The book is so straightforward that kids can read and follow it themselves. However, you can also guide them for effectiveness.
Furthermore, it helps children gain mastery of their focus and remain calm regardless of the situation around them.
Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids
Author: Susannah Hoffman
Yoga is a great way to practice inner peace and meditation. So, if you want a very appealing introduction to yoga for your kids, then ‘yoga and mindfulness for kids’ is perfect.
The book contains more than 50 yoga poses and also guides kids on how to assume each pose. This book is one of the mindfulness books for kids’ yoga resources.
Your kids will love it.
Author: Andre Jordan Nance
This one is a picture book for kids and adults alike. You can attest to how effective picture books for kids ages can be.
In ‘puppy mind,’ a young boy sees his mind as similar to a puppy – wandering away from the present into the past or the future.
Hence, he learns to take control of his mind and train his mind to remain in the present. The book contains illustrations by Jim Durk.
You can select any of the books mentioned above to guide kids’ mindfulness. However, it would help if you also engage the kids and help them control their minds better.
Go and raise mindful kids.