Must-Read Mindful Books for Children and Adults

12 April 2021
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A great classroom can never have too many books! We have put together some of our favourite mindfulness books for both younger and older students, parents, and teachers.

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do –
Happy reading!

For younger kids (Grades K-3):

Charlotte and the Quiet Place, by Deborah Sosin

“This story follows Charlotte in her search for a place away from the noisy, over-stimulating world. Charlotte learns and practices mindful breathing on her own and experiences the beauty of silence. All children will relate to the unfolding adventure and message of self-discovery and empowerment. Parents, teachers, and caretakers of highly active or sensitive children will find this story especially useful.”

A Handful of Quiet, by Thich Nhat Hanh

“A Handful of Quiet is a concrete activity that parents and educators can introduce to children in school settings, in their local communities or at home, in a way that is meaningful and inviting. Any adult wishing to plant seeds of peace, relaxation, and awareness in children will find this unique meditation guide helpful. Practicing meditation can help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude, and can help children deal with difficult emotions.”

Anh’s Anger, by Gail Silver

“Anh’s Anger teaches children that it is okay to feel angry, and shows the technique, often used by child therapists, of externalizing the emotion. Through reading the story, children will learn to acknowledge anger when it arises, understand the cause of their anger, and ultimately feel safe expressing themselves and accepting accountability for their actions when appropriate.”

For Older Kids (Grades 4-6):

The Three Questions, by Jon Muth

“This profound and inspiring book is about compassion and being engaged in each moment- a timeless fable for readers of every age. The main character in this story is searching for the answers to his three questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? But it is his own response to a stranger’s cry for help that leads him directly to the answers he is looking for.”

Listening to My Body, by Gabby Garcia

“This book helps children build on their capacity to engage more mindfully, self-regulate, and develop emotional resilience. Listening to my Body is an engaging and interactive book that guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them. From wiggly and squirmy to rested and still, this book helps children develop a sensations vocabulary so that they can express what they are experiencing.”

I Am Human, by Susan Verde

“I Am Human affirms that we can make good choices by acting with compassion and having empathy for others and ourselves. When we find common ground, we can feel connected to the great world around us and mindfully strive to be our best selves. This book also includes a guided meditation, great for readers of any age.”

Books for Educators:

Mindfulness for Teachers, Patricia Jennings

“This book offers simple, ready-to-use, and evidence-proven mindfulness techniques to help educators manage the stresses of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize both their teaching and their students’ knowledge acquisition.”

The Whole-Brain Child, Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

“The Whole-Brain Child offers a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. This book gives readers age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.”

Mindful Teacher, Mindful School, Kevin Hawkins

 “With this guide to mindful practice, teachers new and experienced can learn how to use mindfulness in their own professional and personal lives as well as how to incorporate it in their teaching to support student wellbeing. Combining theory with practice and illustrated with real-life stories, this guide shows readers how to cultivate mindfulness within themselves and in the classroom.”

Books for Parents:

Mindful Parenting in a Messy World, Michelle Gale

“The goal of this book is to live with presence and parent with purpose while struggling with the demands of living an overscheduled, frantic, and guilt-ridden life. The author teaches us that the act of parenting really begins with parenting ourselves and understanding that when we tend to our inner landscape of past hurts and pain, we can show up with compassion and authenticity.”

Mindful Parent Happy Child: A Guide to Raising Joyful and Resilient Children, Pilar Placone

“Most of the immediate reactions we have, with our kids or otherwise, are a result of the early ‘hard-wiring’ in our brain we developed mostly in our childhood, from the adults around us. How do we improve our parenting and instil a deep parent-child connection if the hard-wiring in our brain makes us behave in ways we wish we could take back? This book gives readers strategies to not only grow joyful and resilient children but also directly participating in growing a more compassionate world.”

Growing Up Mindful, Christopher Willard

“This book helps parents, educators, and counsellors learn how to embody and share the skills of mindfulness that will empower our children with resilience throughout their lives. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces anxiety and depression, soothes the pain of trauma, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn, and make better choices. The author invites readers to “embark on something incredible and world-changing” as they join the growing community of adults bringing wonder, curiosity, and reflection back into childhood and adolescence.”

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