Best Children's Books to Teach Mindfulness

It's been a while since I first introduced the way I teach mindfulness to students in the classroom.  Because people were asking me and were just unsure where to start, I created my Interactive Mindful Notebook  to help others teach mindfulness too.

Since that time, I have received many emails about the set and such wonderful feedback about how teachers are using it in their classroom, homeschool Moms are using it at home and mindfulness trainers are using it in their sessions with kids.  This does my heart good!!! I didn't realize that something could have such an impact. It was initially difficult to wrap my head around trying to figure out just exactly what I do to help kids be mindful. It was so philosophical but I managed to make it more practical so that everyone could use it and create mindful classrooms around the world. And create they did! Probably the best part was hearing how kids were getting along, classroom management issues were lessened and kids were really experiencing growth mindset like never before.  I was happy to hear that teachers were having such positive feedback from parents too, just like I had.

One question that I have received a few times this year is: what books do you use to introduce and teach children about mindfulness?  I wrote a blog post of Best Books to Teach Good Character All Through the Year  which are books I use in my classroom that help to get kids ready for mindfulness but not one on mindfulness books so here you go! Click on the pictures to see more.

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Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer is by far my favorite book to teach mindfulness to kids.  Monkey asks Panda how he is always so peaceful and happy. Panda tells monkey all the things he does during the day. Monkey says he does them too but is not as happy or peaceful as Panda. Then Panda asks Monkey what he is doing when he does each one. Every time, Monkey explains that as he is doing one thing he is also doing or thinking of another. This is how Panda explains that doing one thing at a time is important to be mindful and happy.

What Does it Mean to Be Present? by Rana DiOrio is a delightful book about noticing, waiting and focusing on things and teaches kids to be present.

The Lemonade Hurricane by Licia Morelli is a delightful book about two very different kids: one calm and one not so much!  It points out that they both do many things during the day but one takes a break and the other doesn't. This book shows how one sibling teaches another how to be still.

Listening to My Body by Gabs Garcia helps children to notice and name their feelings and physical sensations that come with  those feelings. While I haven't read this book yet, it was recommended to me and would be perfect for my unit on mindfulness.

I hope these books give you a great start to teaching kids about mindfulness through children's literature.  As I was writing this I found this GREAT shirt and thought of you all reading this post on mindfulness. Isn't it clever?  (And so true!)

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