I love books. I know it’s a little old fashioned at this point but I still love books. I do have a Kindle so I get the convenience of reading on a device but for me nothing replaces that book in my hand.
I have acquired a little library of books on Mindfulness so I thought I would share with you some of my favorites. If you have a favorite that’s not listed, please leave the title in the comments. I’d love to check them out.
I’ve included links to Amazon for any books that are available through their website. There are only two that are not. I hope this makes it easier for you.
These 3 books are great for visualization meditations. I read these to my son before bed and now make up my own. These are a great inspiration. They’re all by Maureen Garth
This book gives a child appropriate explanation of the brain and how certain sections of the brain work. I’ve found that kids like knowing how their body works:
YOUR FANTASTIC ELASTIC BRAIN, Stretch it, Shape it, by JoAnn Deak, Ph.D.
This book was sent to my son and it’s great. These are meditations written by four siblings. They are so sweet and they really touched my son. The kids also did the illustrations:
MEDITATIONS FOR KIDS BY KIDS, by Jarrah, Tahnaya, Ky & Jessica Wynne
These two are short picture books that are good for young children 4-8:
TAKE THE TIME, Mindfulness for Kids, by Maud Roegiers
YOU ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, by Brian Despard
The following titles are a little longer but are still good for young children. My eleven year old liked them. We don’t read many picture books anymore but these are beautiful and touch on some great topics: Feelings, Mindful Eating, Mindful Walking and Being Present:
VISITING FEELINGS, by Lauren Rubenstein
NO ORDINARY APPLE, A Story About Mindful Eating, by Sara Marlowe
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PRESENT, by Rana DiOrio
THE LISTENING WALK, by Paul Showers
These two are Mindful movement books:
MY DADDY IS A PRETZEL, Yoga for Parents and Kids, by Baron Baptiste
MINDFUL MOVEMENTS, Ten Exercise for Well-Being, by Thich Nhat Hanh
This last one is for High School or College kids:
MASTER THE ART OF LEARNING, Dancing With Your Books, The Zen Way of Studying, by J.J. Gibbs
COMING TO YOUR SENSES, Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
A daily meditation book:
THE BOOK OF AWAKENING, Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have, by Mark Nepo
Two titles by Thich Nhat Hanh:
THE MIRACLE OF MINDFULNESS, An Introduction of Mindfulness
TEACHINGS ON LOVE
Two titles by Pema Chodron:
WHEN THINGS FALL APART, Heart Advice for Difficult Times
THE PLACES THAT SCARE YOU, A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
The following are two books that you can use with your children:
PLANTING SEEDS, Practicing Mindfulness With Children, by Thich Nhat Hanh
SITTING STILL LIKE A FROG, Mindfulness Exercise for Kids (And Their Parents), Simple mindfulness practices to help your child deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions, by Eline Snel
There is so much good stuff here. Try one book at a time otherwise it can get a little overwhelming. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Let me know what you think if you read one and let me know if you have any you’d love to share. Just leave it in the “comments” section!