If you’re looking for the best books on mindfulness for children, you’re in the right place.
Mindfulness meditation has grown in popularity, which has led to an overwhelming variety of book choices.
That’s good, but it’s also a lot.
So, we’ve combed through a bunch and come up with this list of the best mindfulness meditation books for kids.
We think you’ll find at least one worth adding to your family library.
20 Best Mindfulness Books for Kids
Look through the following 21 mindfulness books for kids and make a note of the ones you think your kids would enjoy.
This book makes a great bedtime read and is recommended for kids aged 6 to 8. The story helps kids tune in to their senses and appreciate the present moment. This is an excellent choice if you want to give your kids all the tools they need to manage their emotions, redirect their focus, and develop a habit of mindfulness.
It can also help them get a better night’s sleep.
2. Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anywhere by Kira Willey
This illustrated book teaches kids 30 different techniques for mindful breathing to help them manage their bodies and emotions and respond to stress in healthier ways.
These exercises will work anywhere, too—on the road, in the classroom, or at home. They are useful whenever your or your kids feel overwhelmed.
3. Meditation for Kids: 40 Activities to Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety, and Stay Focused by Tejal V. Patel
This illustrated book is written for kids aged 4 to 5 and uses 40 different activities to teach them the basics of mindfulness meditation. Choose from a variety of activities, including breathing exercises, yoga poses, and mindfulness.
Work through the book together or pick and choose the exercises with special appeal.
4. The Mindful Dragon: A Dragon Book About Mindfulness. Teach Your Dragon to Be Mindful by Steve Herman
This story features a child with a pet dragon, whom he introduces to the reader before relating a story where he helped his dragon practice mindfulness. Young children are likely to identify with the dragon and learn mindfulness meditation as they hear the story.
The illustrations and rhyme make this story approachable for kids aged 5 to 10.
As Book 2 of the I Am Human series, I Am Peace teaches mindfulness essentials to help your kids manage their emotions, fight overwhelm, make good choices, and learn balance and empathy, all while making time to enjoy the beauty of the world around them.
The book includes a kid-friendly guided meditation.
Now you can combine the benefits of a journaling habit with mindfulness and gratitude in only three minutes a day. Encourage your kids to write as much as they want if they feel motivated to record a story about their day.
Otherwise, keep it simple and focus on building a new, shared gratitude habit.
7. Mindful Games for Kids: 50 Fun Activities to Stay Present, Improve Concentration, and Understand Emotions by Kristina Sargent
This book is for kids aged 4 to 8 and offers 50 different engaging activities designed to help them learn the basics of mindfulness.
The goal is to equip them with the tools they need to deal with stress (from school, family life, etc.) while helping them improve their Concentration and to grow in empathy and understanding.
8. Gratitude is My Superpower: A Children’s Book About Giving Thanks and Practicing Positivity by Alicia Ortego
This beautifully illustrated book introduces your kids to Little Betsy, who, with the help of a magic stone, learns to be thankful for her parents, her friends, and all the good things in her life.
The book includes a gratitude journal, so your child can practice gratitude along with Betsy.
Self-talk matters for everyone, including your kids. So, this book provides a wealth of positive affirmations for you and your kids to choose from and repeat.
The more your kids use them, the better they get at tapping into their inner strength and resolve when things get tough. Parents and educators alike should keep a copy of this book handy.
10. Mandala Coloring Book for Kids: Children’s Coloring Book with Fun, Easy, Relaxing Mandalas for Boys, Girls, and Beginners by Young Dreamers Press
Great for kids aged 6 to 12 (and even adults), this coloring book provides 30 beautiful, detailed mandala designs for them to color, calming them as they work.
This book is travel-sized to make it easy for your kids to take them wherever they go, along with a set of fine-tip markers or brush pens.
11. I Am Stronger than Anger: Picture Book about Anger Management and Dealing with Kids’ Emotions (Preschool Feelings) by Elizabeth Cole
Kids who don’t learn how to manage their anger don’t magically get better at it as they get older. And the sooner your child learns to manage their emotions (including anger), the more successful they’ll be in whatever they undertake.
This book teaches kids various effective calming techniques to help them honor their emotions in appropriate ways.
12. Anxiety Relief Book for Kids: Activities to Understand and Overcome Worry, Fear, and Stress by Ehrin Weiss, PhD
Kids aged 8 to 12 will enjoy the activities in this book, which help them deal with real-life stressful situations, face their fears, understand their worries, and overcome intrusive thoughts.
Through writing, drawing, and meditating, your child will learn to find peace and equanimity when things get tough.
13. Crab and Whale: A New Way to Experience Mindfulness for Kids. Vol 1: Kindness (Mindful Storytime) by Mark Pallis and Christiane Kerr
This gentle approach to mindfulness helps kids aged 2 to 8 learn the basics and become more aware of their surroundings, bodies, breath, and emotions. The heartwarming story will charm you and your little ones.
And what they learn will lay the foundation for healthy responses to stress as they grow.
With over 90 detailed scenes to color, this book will give your kids an outlet for their creative energy while helping them release tension and calm their minds. It also helps teach fine motor skills.
The pages are detachable, so your kids can keep their favorites as daily reminders to breathe.
15. Bedtime Meditations for Kids: Quick, Calming Exercises to Help Kids Get to Sleep by Cory Cochiolo
Sleepless kids aged 4 to 8 will enjoy the 30 mindfulness activities in this book, which use various techniques to help them calm down and prepare them for a restful night’s sleep.
You’ll both enjoy this new shared bedtime ritual, and they’ll learn valuable skills they can continue to use as they grow older.
Written by Mallika Chopra (wellness expert and daughter of Deepak Chopra), this book uses a variety of fun exercises to teach kids aged 8 to 12 mindfulness and meditation skills that will benefit them their whole life.
Beautifully illustrated and filled with practical advice, Just Breathe will help your kids deal with stress and anxiety, build confidence, focus on their work, and get the sleep they need.
17. The Calm Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Wisdom, Compassion, and Mindfulness to Read with Your Child by Dharmachari Nagaraja
You and your child will enjoy this collection of 18 classic Buddhist tales, all of which make great bedtime stories.
Their easy-to-understand messages will help your child absorb each story’s wisdom and learn how to face their challenges calmly and with patience, confidence, and authenticity.
Get your kid ready for a good night’s sleep with one of the eight visualizations in this book. Each one helps children feel calmer, breathe, and become more aware of their bodies and surroundings.
The author, Mariam Gates, also wrote Good Night Yoga and has helped thousands of kids and their parents and teachers through her Kid Power Yoga program.
19. Listening to My Body: A Guide to Helping Kids Understand the Connection Between Their Sensations…and Feelings So They Can Get Better At Figuring Out What They Need — Gabi Garcia
This book guides children through the process of identifying their feelings and the physical sensations that often go with them. The kid-friendly mindfulness activities help reinforce the teachings to help kids self-regulate and develop emotional resilience.
The book is also available in Spanish and links to free resources to use with it.
Even preschool-aged little ones can benefit from learning some go-to yoga poses. With easy-to-follow descriptions and illustrations, this book teaches your newest yogis 20 simple poses and sequences in a way they can follow themselves.
Get your kids started as young as possible with healthy habits that teach them bodily awareness, an appreciation for fitness, and effective calming techniques.
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Now that you’ve looked through all the options, which of the books listed above appeal to you most? Which would you like to try first?