5 of the best mindfulness books for kids

Teaching mindfulness - the art of appreciating the small things in life - to children isn't easy. Here are 5 books that could help start their mindfulness journey...

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Mindfulness is a concept that encourages our frazzled beings to “focus one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations”.

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And it’s not just adults who are in need of some time out. Children sometimes need help relaxing, too, as their lives are filled with more kids’ clubs, more screens – and more pressure from the internet. 

So, here’s a few titles aimed at helping little ones enjoy a moment’s peace during a busy day…

5 of the best mindfulness books for children

1. Calm With The Very Hungry Caterpillar


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Everyone’s favourite butterfly-to-be has some helpful strategies for remaining unruffled in Eric Carle’s Staying Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Using the familiar illustrations from the traditional story, we follow Monkey as he is guided on a journey to a state of relaxation. This is a lovely book which has received some great reviews from experts in the field.

Adults will benefit too.

Age: 6+
Price: £6.99
Available from: Penguin

2. Mind Hug: The First Story


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This book, by by Emily Arber and Vanessa Lovegrove tells the story of Jack, a very busy boy whose mind often feels “fizzy”.

But after the fizziness comes the pop and Jack is left feeling flat and miserable. When this happens Jack needs a hug, but not just any old squeeze will do, it has to be a mind hug which allows Jack to take some deep, deep breaths and achieve a calmer more peaceful state.

This is a very gentle story book that looks at self-soothing and how good habits early on in a child’s life can help strengthen their mental health as they grow.

Age: 4+
Price: £9.99
Available from: Circus Publishing

3. Elmer’s Walk


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For very young children, David McKee’s Elmer’s Walk provides an excellent introduction to mindfulness. Elmer is going for a walk with his friends and wants them to stop and smell the flowers and take notice of the colours.

But his friends are too busy and just want to move on to the next place. Eventually as day turns to night and the sky is filled with millions of stars, Elmer convinces his friends to lie down and take in the beauty of the universe. 

Age: 3+
Price: £11.99
Available from: Amazon

4. No Worries! Mindful Kids: An Activity Book for Young People Who Sometimes Feel Anxious Or Stressed


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Working with your hands is proven to be good for de-stressing. So for slightly older children, No Worries! Mindful Kids makes a really good addition to their book shelf.

Created by Lily Murray, it contains simple activities and tasks enabling children to colour or simply doodle their way to a calmer mind, thus relieving any stress or anxiety they may be feeling.

Great to share with your child at the end of the day as you both wind down. Highly recommended.

Age: 7+
Price: £8.99
Available from: Amazon

5. I Am At Peace

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Author, yoga-lover and mum Susan Verde has written a number of books for children that all deal with emotions and how to cope with them.

I Am At Peace shares her knowledge of mindful techniques to encourage children to connect with their surroundings and to make the most of the natural world.

Peter H Reynolds’ relaxed watercolour illustrations also add to the overall feelings of tranquility and perfectly compliment Verde’s calming narrative.

Perfect for bedtime. Other titles in the series include, I Am Yoga and You and Me.

Age: 5+
Price: £6.05
Available from: Wordery

And some mindfulness for parents…


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If you want to help your kids to be mindful, you might want a reminder yourself on how to do it, so you can impart your wisdom to them in your own words.

Amber Hatch’s Mindfulness for Parents (Watkins Publishing) offers some very straightforward and accessible advice on how to stay in the moment and on top of the chaos.

Amber talks frankly about her experience while offering tips on feeling more connected to your children; staying calm in a crisis and building a sense of perspective.

Price: £8.99
Available from: Amazon

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