Friday, October 18, 2019

The Best Mindfulness Books for Kids

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Looking for mindfulness books for kids? Then you'll love this list of children's books about mindfulness, relaxation, and deep breathing.

You might be wondering how to introduce your toddlers, preschoolers, or even young school aged children to mindfulness.

And like many other topics that you want to introduce to your kids, picture books are often a great starting point.

So if you would like to teach your kids deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness strategies, then you're in the right spot because these children's books about mindfulness are so good!

Mindfulness and relaxation books for kids

About this List of Mindfulness Picture Books for Kids

Just a couple of things to know about this list of children's books on mindfulness:

  • This list will be continually added to as I find and discover new mindfulness books for kids.
  • I have actually, physically read every single book on this list myself. I didn't just pick these books all willy nilly.
  • This book list was updated on November 22, 2019 to include a new title. New books are always added to the end of the list.

Relaxation & Mindfulness Books for Kids that Teach Meditation, Deep Breathing, & Coping Skills

Alphabreaths picture book about deep breathing and mindfulness

1. Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing

By Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen
Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

I totally stumbled across this book on the Hoopla app and had to check it out. I mean deep breathing paired with ABCs?! Seems like a perfect book to show to a hyperlexic kid. And I fell in love with it instantly. It teaches 26 deep breathing techniques, one for each letter of the alphabet. Plus, the artwork is gorgeous. Highly recommend this book, especially if you have a kid with hyperlexia.

Breathe book about mindfulness for kids

2. Breathe

By Scott Magoon

The beautiful artwork paired with the simple text, make this book so soothing. It's perfect for reading as a tool to calm down and is really great for really little ones. It should honestly just be a board book, to be honest.

My Magic Breath mindfulness book for kids

3. My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing

By Nick Ortner and Alison Taylor
Illustrated by Michelle Polizzi

This book is like the Press Here! of mindfulness children's books. It's interactive and engaging, but most importantly, it teaches kids all about how to use deep breathing. I especially like how it talks about when to use the magic breath to calm down. It's such a great book!

Breathe with Me children's book on mindfulness and deep breathing

4. Breathe With Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, & Happy

By Mariam Gates
Illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder

I love how this book teaches specific deep breathing techniques to kids, like rainbow breath and dandelion breath. The artwork is bright and colorful and it even shows lots of diverse characters, including a girl in a wheelchair. Yay for representation! It's a really good book and worth checking out.

5. ABC Mindful Me

By Christiane Engel

You know I love this book right away because of the ABC format. It's perfect for hyperlexic kids. The book features bright and bold images paired with mindfulness principles in alphabetical order. It has nice rhyming text too. At the end, you'll find a definition of mindfulness as well as some mindfulness activity ideas to do with your kids.

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness for kids

6. I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

By Susan Verde
Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

This book is all about using mindfulness strategies to help with worries. It's very calming to read and could even be used as a guided meditation itself. I do love the colorful art, but I don't like how the child is drawn like a hippy. It's no only hippies who are into mindfulness. Just saying...

Breathe and Be picture book about mindfulness for kids

7. Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

By Kate Coombs
Illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen

Full of short poems about grounding techniques, mindfulness, and reminders to breathe, this book is really quite beautiful. The illustrations are calm and soothing and are the perfect compliment to the text.

The Lemonade Hurricane mindfulness book for kids

8. The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation

By Licia Morelli
Illustrated by Jennifer E. Morris

Curious about teaching your kids how to meditate? Then this picture book is a good starting point. It introduces the concept of meditation to your kids and has lovely illustrations to accompany the text.

What does it mean to be present? A children's book about meditation and mindfulness

9. What Does it Mean to be Present?

By Rana DiOrio
Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler

This book focuses on teaching kids what it means to be present, just like the title suggests. It explains what being present means, making it a great introduction for kids to what mindfulness is all about.

Crab & Whale mindfulness book for kids

10. Crab & Whale

By Mark Pallis & Christianne Kerr
Illustrated by James Cottell

The author sent me a copy of this book to review after seeing this blog post. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I enjoyed it and thought it deserved a spot on this list.

Crab discovers a beached whale and helps Whale stay calm and teaches him how to do deep breathing. The watercolor artwork is gorgeous! It also includes instructions to do a breathing exercise at the end. I do think some kids might worry about the whale dying, so it's something to consider if you have a particularly sensitive or anxious child.

Other Mindfulness Resources You'll Love

The Ultimate Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation for Kids

Mindfulness Activities to Try Today

Benefits of Meditation for Kids

The best mindfulness books for kids that teach relaxation, meditation, and deep breathing to kids of all ages


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