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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Picture Book About Mindfulness

Alphabreaths: The ABC’s of Mindful Breathing by Christopher Willard
Children will learn their ABCs and the basics of mindfulness through playful breathing exercises
like Mountain Breath and Wish Breath. This book is a good introduction to mindfulness and
breath awareness.

Alphabreaths : the ABCs of mindful breathing

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems by Kate Coombs
A collection of poems paired with imagery of the natural world reminds readers about the importance of staying calm, soothing emotions and appreciating the world around them.

Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere
by Kira Wiley
A beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath and emotions.

Breathe With Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm and Happy by Miriam Gates
A breathing practice book that teaches children breath awareness and how to use breathing in unpleasant situations to help them keep calm, relaxed and focused.

Deep Breaths by Carol Thompson
Dolly and Jack are best friends but when they have a big disagreement, they learn to count from ten to one, hum like a bee and take long, deep breaths to calm down and be friends again.

Happy Right Now by Julie Berry
This story brings a much-needed message to kids that it’s great to feel happy, but it’s okay to feel sad sometimes too. A good book for those who want to navigate difficult emotions and embrace the bright side of any situation.

Henry is Kind: A Story of Mindfulness by Linda Ryden
Henry's discovery of the many ways he can be kind will inspire young readers to use the simple mindfulness practices taught in this book to develop their own capacities for kindness.

I Am Peace: A book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde
A child starts to get carried away with worry and rushing thoughts before taking a breath, steadying, observing thoughts, feeling kindness, feeling thankful and experiencing the world.

Little Things by Nick Dyer
A child admires everyday small things, from footprints to raindrops to a turtle in need of being flipped upright, that are small in size but big in beauty and importance.

Meditate With Me: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey by Mariam Gates
This accessible and fun guide to meditation and mindfulness is the perfect introduction for
young children.

Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids by Whitney Stewart
Nine simple mindfulness exercises designed to manage stress and emotions.

Mindful Moments at Bedtime by Paloma Rossa
A soothing bedtime ritual to read together offers moments of thoughtful conversation and restful reflection, for children and their grownups.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean
Peaceful pigs demonstrate the many benefits of meditation.

Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein
Invites children to sense, explore and befriend any feeling with acceptance and equanimity. Children can explore their emotions with their senses and nurture a sense of mindfulness.

January 2020

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