As a mama to my precious, feisty girl, I have full intent in teaching her about enjoying life on a moment basis. To notice it, live in it, to love and to bask in it. Our collection of children’s books on zen and calm helps me integrate it into our lives and shows my little one how to seize each moment. They are a great tool for me to help me on my journey as well. This reading material is a wonderful way to instil compassion
I am quite sure that the messages inscribed within them will help shape her into a wonderful human being. Aside from myself, they play a vital role in teaching her about kindness, patience, friendship, compassion, sharing, and how we all are a part of a bigger something and together make one. I love these books for their messages, lessons, and sense of calm.
Kids from birth and up can enjoy these lovely reads. I am in my 30 somethethings 😉 and I am just as eager to read any one of the titles you’ll find below. I kind of wish I had two copies of each because my kid reads with vigor! Tearing through pages (sometimes literally), demanding to hold and flip through from page to page pointing out various things she knows. Sometimes that’s what our reading looks like too. They look chewed up and worked. But at the end of the day, she is loving the routine, stories, and messages. Even at 20 months she points to a crying someone and then looks me in my face very closely to convey her concern for the upset…
8 Zen, Peace & Mindfulness Children’s Books
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth — “Michael,” said Karl. “There’s a really big bear in the backyard.” This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth — and Stillwater the bear — present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.
Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth — Stillwater the Panda returns in a delightful companion to his Caldecott Honor Book, Zen Shorts!
Zen Socks by Jon J. Muth — Leo and Molly love their new neighborhood. Most of all they love their friend Stillwater. The three friends are quite a team! From Caldecott Honor-book Medalist Jon J Muth comes a story about sharing, another about patience, and a third about compassion. With warmth and fun, they learn from one another in the most surprising ways.
Zen Ghosts by Jon J. Muth — When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn’t over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is about to tell them a spine-tingling story — one that will fill each and every reader with wonder.
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] by Jon J. Muth — What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Nikolai knows that he wants to be the best person he can be, but often he is unsure if he is doing the right thing. So he goes to ask Leo, the wise turtle. When he arrives, the turtle is struggling to dig in his garden, and Nikolai rushes to help him. As he finishes work, a violent storm rolls in. Nikolai runs for Leo’s cottage, but on his way, he hears cries for help from an injured panda. Nikolai brings her in from the cold, and then rushes back outside to rescue her baby too.
What Does it Mean to Be Present by Rana Diorio — This refreshing, vibrant picture book engages all of the senses to demonstrate the myriad of ways a child can seize the moment. The story sparks meaningful discussions about the important gift of appreciation, giving children and adults alike the opportunity to live more fully and richly.
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel — This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.
How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger?
One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village.
Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud?
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