15 Books To Teach Kids About Mindfulness

Help students develop their social-emotional awareness.

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We all know just how hard this season of life has been on our students. Practicing mindfulness is one activity that may alleviate anxious feelings when they creep up. These books about mindfulness are great resources for helping kids in grades K-12 further develop their social-emotional awareness. They encourage kids to cope with challenging situations through breathing exercises, journaling, and other activities.

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Mindfulness Picture Books

Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing by Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen

Objects in nature—such as trees and mountains—are used as verbal cues in this relaxation-focused picture book.

Calm Mindfulness for Kids by Wynne Kinder

Exploring the outdoors, mindful eating, and growing in confidence are just a few of the suggestions this book contains about helping kids de-stress.

Here and Now by Julia Denos

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Gorgeous illustrations appear throughout this story that supports younger children (currently homeschooling) in feeling a part of the outside world.

Meditation Station by Susan B. Katz

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Racing thoughts—and how to manage them—are explained through the setting of a whimsical train station.

Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Listen Like an Elephant by Kira Willey 

Kids will appreciate the colorful examples of ways to focus their minds in a variety of settings such as at a desk, in the car, and more.

A World of Mindfulness by Erin Alladin 

This lyrical text, paired with artwork by 14 contributing artists, helps teach children to tune in to sensorial cues and how such fluctuations can impact one’s mood.

Your Mind is Like the Sky by Bronwen Ballard

This book encourages children to have healthy thoughts and learn calming visualization techniques. Also includes a special appendix for adults!

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee 

A child learns to process the huge waves of  positive and negative emotions he experiences regularly.

Mindfulness Middle Grade & YA 

Be More Yoda: Mindful Thinking from a Galaxy Far Far Away by Christian Blauvelt

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The OG of Jedi masters is the focal point of this graphic journey about practicing mindfulness techniques. 

Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life by Gina Biegel

An assortment of mindfulness hacks for teens who feel overwhelmed by busy schedules, social media, and school.

Crafting Calm: Art and Activities for Mindful Kids by Megan Borgert-Spaniol and Lauren Kukla 

A collection of arts, crafts, quizzes, and more created with the intention of helping older kids incorporate more calming moments into everyday life.

The Self-Compassionate Teen: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice by Karen Bluth PhD

Readers are cued to use self-compassion as a motivational tool for developing an affirming mindset.

This Moment Is Your Life (and So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga by Mariam Gates

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“Being still with skill” is the focal point of this comprehensive guide for adolescents on mindful exercises and stress-relief.

A Year of Positive Thinking for Teens by Katie Hurley LCSW 

A 365-day resource for teenagers who could use extra support in curbing excessive negative thoughts by seeking out “pockets of joy.”

You Got This: A Positive Thinking, Mindfulness and Wellbeing Journal by Steve Turner

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Specifically created for tweens and teens, this journal includes writing prompts and background info about the importance of growing in kindness, gratitude, and mental wellbeing.

What are your favorite books about mindfulness to share with kids? Share in the comments below!

For more book recs, read this post about using picture books to teach mindfulness in middle school .

15 Books To Teach Kids About Mindfulness

Posted by Rachel Werner

Rachel Werner is faculty for Hugo House and The Loft Literary Center; a We Need Diverse Books program volunteer; and a book reviewer for Shelf Awareness. She has contributed print, photography and video content to "Fabulous Wisconsin," "BLK+GRN," "Madison Magazine" and "Entrepreneurial Chef." She is also the founder of The Little BookProject WI, a community arts and nonprofit bi-annual collaboration. A passionate commitment to holistic wellness and sustainable agriculture keeps her a Midwestern girl at heart. Follow her adventures around the country on Instagram '@therealscript.'

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