Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda
by Lauren Alderfer (Author), Kerry Lee MacLean (Illustrator)
This wonderful picture book for children and adults alike introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a fun and exciting way. With the delightful Monkey and his serene friend Happy Panda guiding readers to a calmer and more attentive mind, this whimsical yet warm presentation will delight all readers.
All The Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet
by Barbara Helen Berger
Known for her luminescent Grandfather Twilight, Barbara Helen Berger brings beauty and power to this memorable parable from Tibet. A young boy and his yak bravely overcome all odds to get to Lhasa, giving a wise and simple message that will inspire children of any age to dream and reach for a shining goal that may seem "very far."
My Mindful Little One: Bedtime
by Bernadette Carelse (Author), Paula Bowles (Illustrator)
The perfect picture book to share to bring a sense of calm and peacefulness to bedtime. Written by child psychologist and mindfulness expert Dr Bernadette Carelse, this picture book introduces young children to the benefits of mindfulness. Beautifully illustrated throughout, the practices encourage your child to bring their awareness to the present moment, to let go of the day, and to settle down for a good night's sleep.
The Wisdom of the Crows and Other Buddhist Tales
by Sherab Chodzin (Adapter), Alexandra Kohn (Adapter), Marie Cameron (Illustrator)
Dragons, goddesses, fortune hunters, and talking animals populate these folktales and Zen parables gathered from Tibet, India, Burma, China, and Japan
What Does It Mean To Be Present?
by Rana DiOrio (Author), Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
What does being present look like? Noticing when someone in your class needs help and taking the time to help them. Sound like? The rain outside your window. Smell like? Briny seaweed at the beach. Taste like? A bite of orange. Feel like? Allowing the rhythm of your breath, in and out … to make you feel peaceful
Listening To My Body
by Gabi Garcia (Author), Ying Hui Tan (Illustrator)
Listening to My Body is an engaging and interactive picture book that introduces children to the practice of listening to their bodies. Through a combination of story and simple experiential activities, it guides them through the process of noticing and naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them, while helping them build on their capacity to engage mindfully, self-regulate, and develop a better sense of well-being.
Good People Everywhere
by Lynea Gillen (Author), Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)
A colorful picture book that will warm the hearts of children and adults alike, each of its pages contain endearing examples and vibrant illustrations to inspire children to grow into grateful, caring, and giving people. It provides a wonderful way to calm children before sleep, ease their fears, and help them develop an appreciation for good work. Also included are activity pages to help children practice skills for creating gratitude, compassion, and beauty in daily life.
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress
by Laurie Grossman (Author), Mr. Musumeci's 5th Grade Class (Author),
Master of Mindfulness is a unique and empowering book written for kids by kids, with cool illustrations and tips that show you how to be confident, get focused, stay calm, and tap into your own inner strength so that you can be your own superhero—no matter what life throws your way
by Wendy Anderson Halperin
Radiating tenderness and reflecting the influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where peace truly must originate: within ourselves. The beautifully intricate artwork, with tiny, precisely rendered details of life across the globe, complements the spare and powerful text that includes quotations from famous peacemakers
The Coconut Monk
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s second children’s book is the story of a monk, a cat, and a mouse learning to live together in peace in the midst of war. Set against the background of the Vietnam War and based on an actual person, The Coconut Monk uses the image of an eccentric monk who has found a way for archenemies to live together peacefully
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles
by Thich Nhat Hanh (Author)
Pebble meditation is a playful and fun activity that parents and educators can do with their children to introduce them to meditation. It is designed to involve children in a hands-on and creative way that touches on their interconnection with nature. Practicing pebble meditation can help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude, and can help children deal with difficult emotions
The Hermit and the Well
by Thich Nhat Hanh
The Hermit and the Well is a story from the time the author was a young boy in Vietnam. When his school class goes on a trip to climb a mountain. He hopes to meet the hermit who lives near the top. Instead, he discovers a beautifiul well and finds the secret to his own happiness
Under the Rose Apple Tree
by Thich Nhat Hanh
In this sequel to A Pebble for Your Pocket, Zen teacher and poet Thich Nhat Hanh looks deeply at the issues that confront young people in today's society. Applying his unique insights to anger, family conflict, drug use, and sexual responsibility, he makes the ancient teachings of the Buddha relevant to adolescents by offering mindfulness practices as tools to help transform the suffering in their everyday lives. Ages 10-13.
Ollie's Treasure: Happiness is Easy to Find if You Just Know Where to Look!
by Lynn Jenkins and Kirrili Lonergan
Ollie's Treasure is tale of mindfulness for young, developing minds. It's a story about how simply noticing and taking in what is on offer to our senses can lead to the Holy Grail of treasure - happiness. Ollie's Treasure takes children on a treasure hunt. Ollie's grandma sends him a treasure map that promises to lead him to 'something that will make him happy always'.
The Peace Rose
Author Alicia Jewell
A peace book for children ages 3 and up, introducing the skill of solving problems with the use of a peace rose. This book consists of three every-day problem-solving vignettes, modeled with clear, simple language, The Peace Rose encourages the independent and peaceful resolution of difficulties between children in a classroom, at home, or anyplace where children gather.
Can You Say Peace?
by Karen Katz
International Peace Day is September 21st. On this day and every day throughout the year, children all over the world wish for peace. Karen Katz takes readers on a bright and colorful journey around the globe to meet some of these children and learn about the many ways to say peace!
Beautifully illustrated and gently written, Silence encourages children to stop, listen, and reflect on their experiences and the world around them. Using qualities of mindfulness, readers are asked to pay attention to what otherwise gets drowned-out in our noisy environment and use those sounds as a means to develop imagination and curiosity, and learn a little more about themselves
by Noah Levine (Author)
This is the story of a young man and a generation of angry youths who rebelled against their parents and the unfulfilled promise of the sixties. Having clearly seen the uselessness of drugs and violence, Noah looked for positive ways to channel his rebellion against what he saw as the lies of society. Fueled by his anger at so much injustice and suffering, Levine now uses that energy and the practice of Buddhism to awaken his natural wisdom and compassion.
Moody Cow Learns Compassion
by Kerry Lee MacLean (Author)
Along the way we meet a snake named Jaws, who also goes on to appear in Peter's terrifying dreams, and watch as Bully revels in the deaths of the crickets he feeds the snake. Peter is uncomfortable with the plight of the little creatures, earning him a new nickname: "Coward Cow" because Bully thinks he's a wimp. Once again, Grandfather, the beloved old steer from Moody Cow Meditates, brings serenity and long-horned wisdom as he gently teaches to compassionately identify with other beings
Moody Cow Meditates
by Kerry Lee MacLean (Author)
Peter the cow is having a BAD day. After missing the bus and wiping out on his bike he loses his temper and gets in trouble. To make matters worse all the other kids are teasing him, calling him Moody Cow. Peter's day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over and teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of his frustration through a simple and fun exercise. This vibrant and funny children's book is a playful way to introduce children to the power of meditation
Peaceful Piggy Meditation
by Kerry Lee Maclean (Author), Kerry Maclean (Illustrator)
Sometimes life seems like it's all about hurrying--so many places to go! And sometimes it's hard when things don't go your way--it can make a piggy angry and sad. So how do young piggies find a peaceful place in a frustrating world? They meditate!
by Helen Manos (Author), Julie Vivas (Illustrator)
Based on Buddhist concepts of Samsara and Nirvana, this moving story about love and life, death and dying, will touch every reader.
No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully
by Sara Marlowe (Author), Phil Pascuzzo (Illustrator)
On an otherwise ordinary day, Elliot discovers something extraordinary: the power of mindfulness. When he asks his neighbor Carmen for a snack, he's at first disappointed when she hands him an apple - he wanted candy! But when encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.
Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens
by Franz Metcalf (Author), Monk Song Yonk (Illustrator)
A guide for navigating the teen years, Buddha in Your Backpack is for young people who want to learn more about Buddhism or for those who simply want to understand what’s going on inside themselves and in the world around them. Buddha in Your Backpack tells Buddha’s life story in a fashion teens will relate to, describing Buddha as a young rebel not satisfied with the answers of his elders. It then introduces Buddha’s core teachings with chapters like “All About Me” and “Been There, Why’d I Do That?” The author presents thoughtful and spiritual insights on school, dating, hanging out, jobs, and other issues of special interest to teens
The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation
by Licia Morelli (Author), Jennifer E. Morris (Illustrator)
Emma doesn't really like hurricanes. After a busy day of school and activities, Emma likes to sit still and rest. Her little brother, Henry, does everything but. She calls him The Lemonade Hurricane.
Henry is a lot of fun when he's not storming through the house, so Emma decides to teach him how to be still. By showing him how to sit, bow, and breathe, Emma is able to calm the hurricane within Henry.
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons
by Jon J Muth
Caldecott Honoree and NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author/artist Jon J Muth takes a fresh and exciting new look at the four seasons!
by Jon J. Muth
When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn't over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is about to tell them a spine-tingling story --- one that will fill each and every reader with wonder.
by Jon J. Muth
Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth -- and Stillwater the bear -- present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.
by Jon J Muth (Author)
Leo and Molly love their new neighborhood. Most of all they love their friend Stillwater. The three friends are quite a team! From Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth comes a story about sharing, another about patience,
and a third about compassion. With warmth and fun, they learn from one another in the most surprising ways....
by Jon J. Muth (Author)
Summer has arrived -- and so has Koo, Stillwater's haiku-speaking young nephew. And when Stillwater encourages Koo, and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways.
Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.
Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire
by Dharmachari Nagaraja
These 20 thoroughly modern retellings of ancient Buddhist tales give parents a fun, low-pressure way to impart wisdom and moral guidance without preaching. Each story highlights a moral or ethical dilemma that echoes those that children face in their own lives, providing insight and enlightenment that they can use to defuse trying situations. At the conclusion of each story, applicable Buddhist principles are discussed.
by Andrew Jordan Nance (Author), Jim Durk (Illustrator)
In this picture book for children and adults, illustrated by Jim Durk, who is adored by thousands of children for his many Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine books, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. He sets about learning to train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment. Through remembering to breathe, the boy becomes a stronger and more caring master of his puppy mind, keeping it in the present, if only for a moment. Includes a link to a discussion guide for parents and teachers
The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience
by Jill Neimark (Author), Nicole Wong (Illustrator
A little tree ends up on a cliff and must grow there. She finds comfort in the sea and the moon, support from loons, and connection and warmth from the people sitting in her shade. The Hugging Tree is a poetic and peaceful story that aims to teach children about hope and resilience. Rather than a lonely tree on a lonely cliff, the tree represents community and a place to get in touch with inner hopes and dreams.
What Does Peace Feel Like?
by Vladimir Radunsky
What does that word really mean? Ask children from around the world, and this is what they say....
Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids
by Maud Roegiers (Author)
This pensive and peaceful book encourages children to slow down and become deliberate with their day-to-day actions and thoughts. With gentle rhythms and soothing imagery, kids may be guided toward a quiet self-awareness and mindfulness.
by Olivia Rosewood (Author)
Violet the Purple Fairy learns how to make Gratitude Soup by thinking of all the things, people, places, and experiences that she is grateful for, putting them in an imaginary soup pot. Look for the "Create Your Own" version of this book, an arts and crafts version of this story that allows your child to make their own gratitude soup. There is scientific evidence showing that gratitude dramatically changes brain chemistry, leading to a peaceful mind and healthy body.
by Lauren Rubenstein (Author), Shelly Hehenberger
Beautifully descriptive prose and delightful illustrations cultivate a message of mindfulness and emotional awareness to help children fully experience the present moment. Rather than labeling or defining specific emotions and feelings, Visiting Feelings invites children to sense, explore, and befriend any feeling with acceptance and equanimity.
Advaita: The Comic Book
by Iván Sende
Advaita: The Comic Book is a wryly humorous and profoundly insightful account of an artist's inner and outer travels. His girlfriend, sometimes unwittingly, provides insights and catalytic obscuration in equal measure throughout. Our hero (is he Ivan himself, or is he "Everyman?") searches for the "Truth with a capital T" across Asia and at home in his native Spain. He goes through stages that you may recognize in yourself or others—often amusing with hindsight, but not always so at the time.
by Gail Silver (Author)
This wonderful and engaging story gives children and caregivers a concrete practice for dealing with anger and other difficult emotions. In Anh’s Anger, five-year-old Anh becomes enraged when his grandfather asks him to stop playing and come to the dinner table. The grandfather helps Anh fully experience all stages of anger by suggesting that he go to his room and, "sit with his anger." The story unfolds when Anh discovers what it means to sit with his anger.
Steps and Stones: An Anh's Anger Story
by Gail Silver (Author), Christiane Kromer (Illustrator)
When Anh’s friends leave and he feels left out at school, his anger shows up to keep him company. Anh the protagonist of Gail Silver’s previous book Anh’s Anger, is a typical and easy-to-relate-to elementary school-age boy. His anger, personified as a red hairy impulsive creature, teaches him some valuable lessons about not getting carried away by his strong emotions. By counting his steps and coordinating them with his breathing Anh is able to slow down and take his anger for a peaceful and magically transformative walk.
The Giving Tree Hardcover
by Shel Silverstein
This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.
Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids
by Whitney Stewart (Author), Sally Rippin (Illustrator
Mindfulness meditation for kids. Kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They'll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life and improve emotional health. Meditation guide with relaxation techniques. Stress-reduction aid
Sun in My Belly
by Sister Susan
On an early morning on a cloudy day, Jenny and her friend Molly play ball in a meadow. Somehow they begin to fight over the ball, and Molly storms off. Both are unhappy in their separate worlds, but Jenny looks up and suddenly feels happy as the sun breaks through. Soon Molly returns and the friends forgive each other, strolling through the meadow to observe nature’s beauty — a beauty that they see in themselves too. Sister Susan’s sensitive text introduces young readers to the Buddhist idea of “Interbeing” — that everything is connected.
The Mindful Teen
by Dzung X. Vo MD FAAP
Being a teen is stressful! Whether it’s school, friends, or dating, the teen years are full of difficult changes—both mentally and physically. If you’re like many teens, you may have difficulty dealing with stress in effective ways. You aren’t alone, and there are things you can do to stay calm, no matter how stressful life becomes. All you need to do is stop, breathe, and be mindful and aware in the present moment.
What Do You Do With a Problem?
by Kobi Yamada (Author), Mae Besom (Illustrator
This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared