These books to help children feel better focus on mindfulness, a technique that helps younger people to live in the present. We sometimes forget that today’s world must be really scary for children: a global viral pandemic, climate change, war and violence, narcissistic leaders etc. It’s not just us that need to slow down and take some time to just be. Here are some nice books to help them do just that.
- Listen Like an Elephant features a colourful friend to help children learn to slow down, listen to the world around them and focus their minds, no matter how messy life is. These exercises can be performed at home, at the desk or even in the back of the car.
- Peaceful Like a Panda offers easy exercises to help children calmly and mindfully navigate from sunrise to sunset. With sections on waking up, travelling, learning, playing, eating and bedtime, children can learn how to wake up bright and sunny, and boost their brains. The companion book Breathe Like a Bear offers 30 simple short breathing practices and movements that can be performed anytime.
- Paint a Double Rainbow offers 40 mindfulness activities for you and your child to do together. Mindfulness reduces anxiety and stress, improves focus and calms. This charming book helps children to enjoy ‘silent sandwiches’ and share moonlight gratitude.
- Poppy O’Neill has created a nice series of books for children, using mindfulness techniques: Be Strong (nervous in social situations), Be Yourself (be happy in your own skin), You’re a Star (low self-esteem) and Don’t Worry, Be Happy (worry or anger). Poppy has also written a book for parents: 101 Tips to Help Your Anxious Child.