HAPPINESS & BEING MINDFUL BOOKS

Topic Books about Happiness and Mindfulness for Children in EYFS, KS1 and KS2

Today

by Julie Morstad

Appreciate the possibility and freedom that each new day brings with this beautiful book. Capture a child's imaginative delight in the ordinariness of the world, from getting dressed, to having breakfast, to choosing ways to get to school. 

Between Tick and Tock

by Louise Greig

Liesel notices the things that everyone else is too busy to see. When she watches a lonely boy on a roundabout, she decides it’s time to pause the clock and lend a helping hand. A wonderful picture book about the importance of kindness, looking out for others and taking time to appreciate the world around you.

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Happy by Nicola Edwards 

Happy gently encourages children to explore their emotions and the beautiful world around them, with stunning illustrations and thought-provoking rhymes on every page. This poetic journey to a place of happiness and calm will inspire and empower your child to enjoy the practice of mindfulness.

Breathe and Be

by Kate Coombs 

Teaching mindfulness helps kids learn to stay calm, regulate their emotions, and appreciate the world around us. Created for readers aged 4-8, here is a book sure to delight parents and kids alike, blending lovingly illustrated nature imagery with elegant poetry about living with awareness and inner peace.

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Where Happiness Lives

by Barry Timms

Three little mice. Three very different houses. But which is the happiest home? A timely tale about discovering true happiness and appreciating all that you have – with flaps to lift and peep-through pages.

Crab and Whale 

by Mark Pallis 

This is a fun and heartwarming story that subtly introduces the skills of mindfulness to children (ages 2 - 8). Children will find themselves becoming more aware of their own bodies, breath, emotions and surroundings without even realising it. 

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Here We Are

by Oliver Jeffers

Our world can be a bewildering place. So let’s explore what makes our planet great and how we live on it. Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind. Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers.

A Handful of Quiet

by Thich Nhat Hanh 

A Handful of Quiet presents one of the best known meditation practices developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. Pebble meditation is a playful and fun activity to introduce children to meditation. It is designed to involve children in a hands-on and creative way that touches on their interconnection with nature. 

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Calm: Mindfulness for Kids

by Wynne Kinder 

Teach your kids how to focus their thoughts and notice the world around them with this fun mindfulness kids activity book. This book is packed with activities - make a mindfulness jar, learn how to appreciate food with mindful eating, and get out into nature and explore the outside world.

50 Ways to Feel Happy

by Vanessa King 

What can you do to help yourself (and others) feel happier? This book is packed full of activities and ideas to try with friends and on your own. So, whether you feel happy right now and want to stay that way or you need some ideas to help you feel happier, this book is for you.

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Have You Filled Your Bucket?

by Carol McCloud

This heartwarming book encourages  children see how rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well being of others and ourselves.

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I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde 

When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through this accessible mindfulness practice. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present.

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Pass It On

by Sophy Henn

A joyful and uplifting picture book about finding happiness in the smallest of things, from picture book star Sophy Henn - World Book Day illustrator and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

The Magic Is Inside You

by Lisa Westberg Peters

Join Madeleine as she learns how to take control of her thinking and turn her thoughts into a powerful, positive, can-do mindset which paves her way to confidence and success. Suggested activities included for  teachers to use with their children to develop a positive self-esteem. 

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What a Wonderful World

by Bob Thiele

A beautiful board book featuring the lyrics from What a Wonderful World, accompanied by bright and colourful illustrations. It encourages little ones to see the beauty of the world and to love other people - making it the perfect gift for even the youngest children.

Your Mind is Like the Sky

by Sangma Francis

Your mind is like the sky. Sometimes it's clear and blue - sometimes a raincloud can make it dark. So what can we do about rainclouds? This beautiful picture book shows children that worries and negative thoughts are normal and helps them develop healthy thinking habits. 

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My Magic Breath

by Nick Ortner

Sometimes it’s hard to feel happy. But with this interactive book, children breathe along as they learn how to make negative thoughts disappear. In a world that is sometimes too busy, My Magic Breath will help steer children into a serene space of mindfulness, self-awareness, and balance.

The Sound of Silence

by Katrina Goldsaito

Yoshio thinks Tokyo sounds like a symphony...he delights in everyday sounds! But one day he meets a musician who tells Yoshio that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for the sound of silence. But how can Yoshio find silence in a city that's so busy?

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Sitting Still Like a Frog

by Eline Snel

Simple mindfulness practices to help your child (ages 5-12) deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions. Includes a 60-minute audio CD of guided exercises read by Myla Kabat-Zinn.

Listen, Listen

by Phillis Gershator

Introduce young readers to the sights and sounds of the year. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by internationally renowned illustrator, Alison Jay, this book will open your child's eyes and ears to the world around them!

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Good Morning Yoga

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!

Footpath Flowers

by JonArno Lawson 

In this wordless, beautifully illustrated picture book, a little girl collects wild flowers while her distracted father pays her – and their surroundings – little attention. An ode to the importance of small things, Footpath Flowers is a quiet but powerful testament to the joy that children can find in ordinary things.

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