Picture Books about Being Well-Balanced and Harmonious
These picture books about being well-balanced show characters learning how to bring balance and harmony into different aspects of their life.
Why Use Picture Books about Being Well-Balanced?
“We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.” IBO
Homework, social media, junk food and extracurricular activities can all have a negative effect on children. Living a well-balanced life is important to anyone’s mental health, and these picture books will help your students understand the benefits of being balanced. This includes reducing stress, improving mental health and overall improved wellbeing.
Picture Books about Being Well-Balanced and Harmonious
These picture books encourage children to think about and discuss their personal, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. They show the positive and negative sides of trying to live a balanced life. You will see characters who:
- take care of themselves and eat healthily
- are organised
- set and achieve goals
- have a positive mindset
- enjoy learning
- listen to different points of view
- engage in fun activities and regular exercise
- have positive relationships with friends and family
- engage in the wider world
- get enough sleep
There are also characters who shows characteristics of being unbalanced or unharmonious. They may:
- use too much technology or screen time
- not drink enough water
- eat too much
- not get enough sleep or exercise
- do unenjoyable activities
- have no time to relax or enough free time
- have no quality time with family and friends
Questions to Use With Picture Books about Being Well-Balanced
- What does it mean to be balanced?
- Describe how [character] leads a balanced life?
- In what ways was [character] balanced?
- How does being balanced affect [character] quality of life?
- What were the consequences to [character] because of a lack of balance?
- In what ways could [character] live a more balanced life?
- Why is it important [character] tried to be more balanced?
- What strategies could [character] use to be more balanced?
- What good strategies does [character] use to be balanced?
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Picture Books about Being Well-Balanced
A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she won’t eat them because her friends hate them. A mystery illness causes her to turn into what others think she should be. No one can figure out what is wrong until Camilla realises she needs to just be herself not bow to peer pressure.
Beautiful Moon - Bella Luna by Dawn Jeffers
The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka
Blackout by John Rocco
One hot summer night in the city, all the power goes out. One family go up to the roof to escape the heat and without the city lights, they can see the stars. Out on the street, neighbours are talking and playing, enjoying not being busy with technology. When the electricity come back on, everything goes back to normal… well almost.
Fergal is Fuming by Robert Starling
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
The Good Egg by John Jory
The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
The first of two books about being well-balanced by Oliver Jeffers. Residents of a forest notice, to their dismay, that something is chopping down trees. As they attempt to the solve the mystery, they accuse each other before working together to find the culprit. The culprit turns out to be a bear obsessed with becoming a champion airplane maker.
The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers
hello! hello! by Matthew Cordell
Lucy and her family communicate through their electronic devices. When she ventures outside, Lucy finds a whole new world and shares her discoveries with her family. Soon they are saying goodbye to their gadgets and hello to the world.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
The second of two books about being well-balanced by Oliver Jeffers. Henry loved to eat books and with every bite, he got smarter and smarter, until letters and words leak out of his mouth. On reflection, he decides he can still be smart by reading a book, it would just take longer.
The Little Red Pen by Janet Stevens
Mindful Mr Sloth by Katy Hudson
Sasha has one speed… fast. She never sits still and spends little time doing anything before moving on to her next project. Sasha finds Mr Sloth on top of her treehouse, but she has no time to find out how he got there. She has a race to win. Sasha drags Mr Sloth into her bicycle basket and cycles off to win the race. That is until Mr Sloth helps Sasha slow down and be in the moment. Now, Sasha has two speeds, fast and slow.
The Nowhere Box by Sam Zuppardi
George needs to get away from his noisy little brother, quickly. He finds a large box and enters ‘Nowhere’ where he uses his imagination to full effect.
Reinforces themes of balance, imagination and creativity.
The Only Way is Badger by Stella J Jones
Piggybook by Anthony Browne
The Piggott men are chauvinistic and unappreciative of the fed-up Mrs. Piggott. She goes on strike, but on their own, the father and two boys literally live like pigs. They plead with her to return and when she does, things are very different.
The Red Tree by Shaun Tan
So Few of Me by Peter H. Reynolds
Sweep by Louise Greig
Taking Time by Jo Loring-Fisher
Ten Tiny Things by Meg McKinlay
Tessa and Zachary’s machine takes them from here to there and back again. When the machine breaks down the duo have to venture into the real world. As they take in the wonders around them they are no longer distracted by technology and modern conveniences.
Reinforces themes of balance, sustainability, nature and observation.
Tidy by Emily Gravett
When We Went Wild by Isabella Tree
Nancy and Jake are farmers who use large machines and chemicals on their deteriorating land. On reflection, they make a big change, and decide to go wild! They ban the chemical, stop using equipment and let the animals graze freely and the fields grow wild.
Promotes taking risks, sustainability, conservation and restoring the countryside.
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There are many great reasons for sharing these children’s books about being well-balanced. Here is a reminder of the key benefits of promoting harmonious and balanced children.
- Reduced stress
- Improved general health and well being
- Improved mental state
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- More active mind
I hope you enjoyed these books and already have some in your classroom. Do you have any other suggestions of other picture books to teach being balanced? Let me know in the comments below!