Best Mindfulness Books ~Top 5 for Kids

Mindfulness has gained more and more attention over the past few years.


If you don't know anything about Mindfulness or Meditation yet, you can take quick look into our recent What is Mindfulness post to gain a better understanding of what you'll be reading about in the following paragraphs.


You can also find tons of different practical examples which only take a couple of minutes to complete from our 1-Minute Mindfulness Meditation Exercise Series to get your feet wet.



If you're interested in bringing Mindfulness and your kids closer together, look no further.


We've compiled a list of Bestsellers and Classic Books tailored towards children.

All of them are easy to understand and teach valuable lessons about this great state of mind in a fun and playful way best suited for kids.



A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh

A Handful of Quiet holds up to its name and introduces kids to a more hands on approach to Mindful Meditation - Pebble Meditation.


This book manages to delivers what it promises - a great physical introduction to Mindfulness - by bringing children and the haptics of nature closer together.


Pebble Meditation is a fun and cheerful activity that's designed to strengthen your interconnection with mother nature while relieving stress and increasing concentration.


It's practice exercises are also a great way to nourish gratefulness and help to deal with difficult emotions.


Thich Nhat Hanh once again passes on a meaningful way of learning about Mindfulness & Meditation in his letters.


What makes A Handful of Quiet one of the absolute best books on Mindfulness & Meditation for young children is the union of learning and hands on play.


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I Am Peace - A Book Of Mindfulness by Susan Verde & Peter H. Reynolds

I Am Peace is one of many (well known) books written by "Yoga-mum" Susan Verde that all deal with emotions and how to cope with them.


While she shares her knowledge of mindful techniques in a way specifically tailored towards children, Peter H. Reynolds drawings and illustrations help to encourage kids to connect with their surroundings and make the most of the world.


Verde and Reynolds are an New York Times bestselling dream team and all of their books - most of them for children - are consistently ranked with an average of at least 4 stars with mulitple hundreds of reviews.


They manage to deliver a great introduction of both empathy and self-awareness of emotions to young children (4-8 years of age), which clears the way for you and your little ones.


You'll quickly find yourself accompanied in your daily mission of calmness.


And the best part yet? While I Am Peace is mainly geared towards kids, adults can also greatly benefit from its simplicity and illustration guided meditation manuals.


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Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Jon Kabat-Zinn & Eline Snel

This book is a perfect introduction to Mindfulness & Meditation for kids (and even adults).


Eline Snel describes the principles of Mindfulness and its benefits in a simple, child-friendly way to help kids learn about focus and dealing with their worries.


The Foreword is written by no other than Jon Kabat-Zinn, long time Mindfulness veteran and specialist in the field of Meditation.


The exercises in Sitting Still Like a Frog focus specifically on common scenarios that help youngsters - like turning of their brain for bedtime - to calm down and free themselves of anxiety and stress.


Snel manages to tailor her teaching approach to children perfectly and provides help to learn about Mindfulness, how to concentrate better, how to manage emotions and how to be more patient and aware.


Even if Sitting Still Like a Frog and its cover suggest that its content is only for children, it's exercises act as a great introduction for any adult who wants to get to know Mindfulness themselves.


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Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance & Jim Durk

Andrew Jordan Nance teams up with Jim Durk, the illustrator known for Clifford the Big Red Dog and Thomas the Steam Engine, to tell the story of a young boy who learns that his mind often acts like a puppy.


Just like most little dogs, a childs brain can be trained.

Trained to be aware of his surroundings and emotions, being fully present without judging.


Nance and Durk have done a great job in bringing the concepts of Mindfulness and Kids together.


The cute illustrations are so easy to wrap your head around that even 20 month olds are able to understand Mindfulness & Meditation.


The magic happens when the reader realizes that your mind often jumps around, throwing thoughts and ideas at you, that you don't necessarily want to pursue or that don't reflect your own ideals.


With the help of this book any child can grow mentally stronger and become a more understanding master of their emotions.


Just like the young boy who managed to tame his Puppy Mind through breathing exercises and the like.


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Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids by Whitney Stewart & Sally Rippin

Meditation Is an Open Sky is a great collection of Mindful Meditation exercises for children to incorporate into their lives to help them deal with anxiety and manage their frustrations (and other emotions).


Each exercise has its own purpose such as focus, emotional stability, wisdom and relaxation.


The illustrations picture a lovely elephant and his monkey friend who - like most of us - struggle with their frustrations like anger and how they learn to deal with them.


By doing simple breathing exercises or other Mindful Meditation techniques they manage to get a grip of their emotions and are able to enjoy a soothing state of calm again.


Depending on your kids age, this book doesn't need to be read out loud by you for them.


It's not unusual for most children, who already can read on their own, to be seen diving into it on their own and enjoying their colorful illustrations and the wisdom behind them.


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