Good Reads for Children
The following are children's books that I come back to often for children of all ages. Some reinforce mindfulness concepts, as well as social and emotional ideas, but many of the books listed are simply delightful to read, read again, and read again.
Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator and Alison Jay
In this book, each of the seasons is portrayed only by image and words of the sounds one may hear. The illustrations are beautiful and the text reads like a poem.
Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubinstein
This is a beautiful book that explores aspects of feelings beyond just labeling them. It is helpful for children as it gently guides them toward better understanding their own emotions, paying attention to them mindfully.
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud
The notion of bucket filling was brought to us by Tom Rath and Don Clifton in the book, How Full Is Your Bucket? which is a great book for adults. It is an easy concept for children to understand as it relates to kindness, helping others, empathy and self-care.
Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets
A story of a young girl wanting creatures to play with her and how she achieves her goal is not what the reader expects. Observing the illustrations of simply the sun on each page is delightful.
What Does It Mean To Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio
This story explores then ripple effect of what one act of kindness can do for all of us.
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
This is the original book that goes along with the adult version of the same title.
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
There are so many children and adults who benefit from this book -- it reminds us all that mistakes are to be celebrated and often we can turn mistakes into something beautiful.
I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
This is a light, humorous book about a pig who genuinely likes herself. She admits to a few mistakes and flaws but shows pride in core aspects of herself. It is a fun read.
What Does It Mean To Be Present? by Rana DiOrio
Another enjoyable book by Rana DiOrio that walks the readers through moments of presence -- moment by moment.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
This is a classic. Alexander really is having a horrible day. It is a superb book to read to children and continue the conversation about bad days, whether they are a little bit bad or horribly bad.