by Rana Di Orio (2010, Little Pickle Press,
This refreshing, vibrant picture book engages all of the senses to demonstrate the myriad of ways a child can seize the moment. The story sparks meaningful discussions about the important gift of appreciation, giving children and adults alike the opportunity to live more fully and richly in the moment. This vivid, sense-engaging book introduces children to a life-changing ability in a playful and accessible way. Color. Grades PreK-3. [10” x 9”...32
Take the Time: Mindfulness for Kids
by Maud Roegiers (2010, Magination Press, 9.95)
What do you notice when you take the time to stop, listen, and experience? 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. And when a day feels stressful or topsy-turvy, kids can use such self-awareness to calm down and feel better. Kids can then enjoy the beauty of the world all around them and fully savor life. Color. Grades K-3. [6” x 8”...32
Charlotte and the Quiet Place
by Deborah Sosin (2015, Parallax Press,
Charlotte likes quiet. But wherever Charlotte goes, she is surrounded by noise, noise, noise--her yipping dog, Otto; the squeaky, creaky swings; the warbling, wailing sirens. Even in the library, children yammer and yell. Where can Charlotte find a quiet place? Sometimes children need a break from our noisy, overstimulating world, this book shows how a child learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence. Those who work with highly active or sensitive children will find this story especially useful. Color. Grades PreK-3. [9.5” x 8.5”...40
Just Me and My Mind
by Kerry Lee MacLean (2014, Wisdom Publications,
Young children have strong emotions, but often are unsure of how to articulate and handle them. Just Me and My Mind aims to help kids recognize their emotions and thoughts--and then act accordingly. The book includes interactive pages of emotions (happy, scared, sad, loving, angry). The reader pulls an image of the emotion from the mind of the child, helping the reader to understand why emotions might arise. The book continues by illustrating how children can "clean out and settle" their minds with quiet contemplation. Color. Grades 2-6. [7.5” x 9”...16
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda
by Lauren Alderfer (2011, Wisdom Publications,
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. As our story begins, Monkey is not so mindful--his Monkey Mind constantly jumping from one thing to another--but he encounters a mysterious and playful friend in Happy Panda. Panda helps Monkey recognize the simple joy of doing what you're doing...while you're doing it. Color. Grades PreK-3. [10” x 8”...32
by Lauren Rubenstein (2014, Magination Press,
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. Gaining this objectivity allows space for a more considered response to the feelings. Practicing mindfulness can also enhance many aspects of well-being, help develop insight, empathy, and resiliency. Color. Grades K-3. [8.5” x 10.5”...32 pages]
Compiled by Lemniscates (2012, Magination Press,
What can you hear when you are completely silent? 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. Color. Grades PreK-3. [10” x 10”...32 pages]
Moody Cow Meditates
by Kerry Lee MacLean (2009, Wisdom Publications,
It all started one stupid, rotten day when everything went wrong… 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. Color. Grades PreK-5. [10” x 8”...32 pages]
Peaceful Piggy Meditation
by Kerry Lee MacLean (2004, Albert Whitman,
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! Even those who normally regard meditation as so much New Age folderol may find this chipper offering both endearing and persuasive. Color. Grades PreK-4. Color. Grades PreK-4. [10.5” x 8.5”...32 pages]
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