Mindfulness Books & Resources
Explore mindfulness books and resources to use in your classroom. Find reading lists to help children increase their wellbeing and support their positive mental health.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness helps children (and adults) reduce anxiety, improve resilience and cope during challenging situations. Overtime, children will increase their self-awareness, social awareness and self-confidence.
Mindfulness is a great way for children, especially those who experience anxiety, to improve their self-management, patience and happiness. Many people think mindfulness is about clearing your mind, but it is being aware of what is happening in the present moment. It helps children slow down and focus on the right now rather than thinking about the past or future.
It takes practice, but there are many benefits to mindfulness for children:
- Improved focus and awareness
- Calmness, patience and improved impulse control
- Improved sleep and general health
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Increased happiness, empathy and kindness
The University of California Berkely has information and research into the benefits of mindfulness. Take a look at their definition of Mindfulness in their magazine Greater Good. You can also find a round-up of mindfulness research in the document Evidence for the Impact of Mindfulness on Children and Young People.
Mindfulness takes practice but it is well worth it. Practising every day is the best way for it to become a habit and give children ways to cope when they are feeling stressed, anxious or have a lack of focus. Mindful practice will help your students calm down and feel happier if they are angry, frustrated or unhappy.
Mindfulness Related Book Lists
Click on the images below to explore different topics related to mindfulness. You will find picture books recommendations, resources, lesson plans and general information to use in your classroom.
Teaching the ABCs of Attention, Balance and Compassion
Susan Kaiser Greenland talks about meditations for children which improve their ability to focus, keep calm, and manage their stress.
All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing nothing for 10 minutes a day.
Mindfulness Books for the Classroom
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