Children's Yoga Books We Love: September Edition
Children are often absorbed and attentive during active storytelling. The following list is a compilation of children’s books that are related to yoga and mindfulness. Pairing reading with action can be good for our kids’ minds and bodies. Reading can take children to new imaginary experiences and expand their creativity; taking them on journeys, to real places like the forest, ocean, and jungle, while also focusing on physical movement and the impact yoga and mindfulness can have on their overall being. These stories allow children to apply the lessons from the stories to their own lives.
By: Mariam Gates
“Good Night Yoga tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night while going a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature.
By: Mariam Gates
“This “wake up” story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day!”
By: Susan Verde
“Yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible. New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds teams up with author and certified Yoga instructor Susan Verde in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression. I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of Yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it.
“You Are a Lion!” has clear illustrations and bright pictures. Taeeun Yoo, an award-winning artist allows children to enjoy yoga by assuming playful animal poses. The book encourages them to pretend to be the animal - to flutter like a butterfly, hiss like a snake, roar like a lion and more.
Jon J Muth
"Michael," said Karl. "There's a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth -- and Stillwater the bear -- present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.”
Silence encourages children to stop, listen, and reflect on their experiences and the world around them. This book highlights mindful listening; readers are asked to pay attention to what is often drowned-out in our noisy environment, and use those sounds to develop imagination and curiosity and learn a little more about themselves.
By: Rana DiOrio
This book focuses on being present and mindful, providing helpful cues on what it means to be present, including noticing when someone needs help, waiting patiently for one's turn, and focusing on what's happening now.
By: Lauren Rubenstein
Visiting Feelings allows children to openly sense, explore, and accept feelings and emotions. Children can explore their emotions with their senses and use mindfulness to do so. “Gaining this objectivity allows space for a more considered response to the feelings. Practicing mindfulness can also enhance many aspects of well-being, help develop insight, empathy, and resiliency."