32 of the Best Books for Balanced Children
Explore illustrated balanced books for children to see characters struggling with a balanced life but also learning how to bring this balance in their life.
Homework, social media, junk food and extracurricular can all have a negative effect on children. Living a well-balanced life is important to anyone’s mental health and we need to help our students understand how to do this.
In a previous post, The Best Books and Resources for Balanced Children, I put together balanced books, videos and online resources. In this post, I researched a list of over 30 picture books you can use to promote balance in your classroom.
Balanced Books for Balanced Children
These picture books encourage children to think about their personal, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
The recommended balanced books show the positive and negative side of trying to live a balanced life. You will see characters who:
- take care of themselves
- are organise
- set and achieve goals
- have a positive mindset
- enjoy learning
- eat healthily
- 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
Scroll to the end of the list for a list of balanced questions to use during a read-aloud session.
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A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon
The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland
Fergal is Fuming Joy by Robert Starling
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett
The Good Egg by John Jory
The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers
The Only Way is Badger by Stella J Jones
Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education by Elizabeth Suneby
So Few of Me by Peter H. Reynolds
Ten Tiny Things by Meg McKinlay
Tidy by Emily Gravett
Read Aloud Balanced Questions
- What does it mean to be balanced?
- Describe how [character] leads a balanced life?
- In what ways was [character] balanced?
- How does being balanced effect [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] to be more balanced?
- What good strategies does [character] use to be balanced?
There are many great reasons for sharing these balanced books with your students. Here are some 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
Remember to check out The Best Books and Resources for Balanced Children for further resources to teach the learner profile Balanced trait to your students.
I hope you enjoyed these balanced books and already have some in your classroom. Do you have any other suggestions of other picture books to teach balance? Let me know in the comments below!