5 Inspirational, Mindful Children’s Books to Give the Little One in Your Life

Kids love to imagine. They love to read stories that take them to another place, another world where anything is possible.

There are tons of wonderful children’s books out there to choose from these days. But what if you’re looking for a children’s book that focuses on being mindful, grateful and centered?

Here are 5 inspirational, mindful children’s books to give the little one in your life.

1. Peaceful Piggy Meditation

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Website Summary: “The young pigs in this story balance a stressful, hectic life with regular meditation. Using straightforward–though somewhat saccharine–language and images, MacLean, a certified children’s meditation instructor, describes this practice and explores its benefits, which include increased self-confidence and feelings of peace and well-being. The vibrant illustrations featuring the blissed-out pigs are childlike in their simplicity.

At the end of the book, the author offers instructions on how to meditate and describes her experiences with using family meditation in her own life and in her practice. There are few titles for young children that explain and teach meditation techniques. As such, this offering will find a place in many libraries.”

P.S. My 2 nieces, Coral and Christie, love this book! 🙂

2. Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

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Website Summary: “This wonderful picture book for children and parents alike introduces the powerful practice of mindfulness in a fun and exciting way. With the delightful characters Mindful Monkey and his mindful friend Happy Panda guiding readers to a calm and focused mind Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda will delight readers of all ages.

As our story begins Monkey is not so mindful, but he encounters a mysterious and playful friend in Peaceful Panda. Panda helps Monkey recognize the joy of doing things in the moment, without distraction, and with peaceful and happy mind. This whimsical yet universal and warm presentation will appeal children and adults alike.”

3. No Ordinary Apple – A Story about Eating Mindfully

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Website Summary: “On an otherwise ordinary day, Elliot discovers something extraordinary: the power of mindfulness. When he asks his neighbor Carmen for a snack, he’s at first disappointed when she hands him an apple – he wanted candy! But when encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.”

4. Zafu’s Quest: A Child’s Introduction to Meditation

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Website Summary: “Zafu’s Quest introduces children to meditation in a fun and simple way. On his quest for the Golden Flower, Zafu has an important but difficult choice ahead. On his ninth birthday he is given the opportunity to transform into a different jungle animal or remain a monkey and return home. Zafu’s Quest includes easy to follow meditation instructions for the whole family to enjoy. It is the perfect book to introduce children to the beauty of meditation.”

5. Connected Kids: Help Kids Shine Through Mindful Activities

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Website Summary: “Mindful activities are a life skill that can help children and teens with additional support needs or autism to manage stress. In a follow up to her book ‘Calm Kids’, therapist and meditation expert Lorraine Murray explains a range of practical and mindful activities that can easily be adapted to suit different needs and lifestyles.

It includes:

  • Understanding how meditation can help benefit brain development
  • How to develop bespoke meditations for children and teens with additional support needs
  • A meditation ‘toolkit’ of different styles to help children manage stress
  • Simple, mindful, problem-solving methods for the whole family
  • Case studies illustrating real-life journeys of families and professionals trying mindful activities”

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