14 Great Mindfulness Books for Elementary School Counseling

Mindfulness is such a hot topic in education and school counseling right now, for good reason. Many counselors want to use mindfulness in their classroom guidance lessons but wonder about how to teach kids about mindfulness so that they truly grasp the concept. If you’re working with elementary-aged students, keep reading to find some awesome childrens books about mindfulness to start your lesson on the right foot!

Wondering how to teach kids about mindfulness? You'll love these childrens books about mindfulness for your counseling lessons to introduce students to mindfulness! Great books for mindfulness in the classroom or counseling mindfulness exercises. -Counselor Keri

This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. Childrens Books About Mindfulness: 14 Awesome Titles

1 – Zen Hen

The Zen Hen lives on a farm with loud, distracting animals, so it can be hard to find a moment of peace! She heads to her rest nest to practice mindful breathing and a mindful body scan and tune in to her body! 

2 – What Does it Mean to be Present?

It doesn’t get any more straightforward than this! What Does it Mean to Be Present by Rana DiOrio explains in simple, practical terms what it means to truly be present in the moment. This is a great introduction to mindfulness for your early elementary students!

3 – My Magic Breath

My Magic Breath by Nick Ortner is a great tool to teach students how to calm their bodies and minds through mindful breathing. It is an interactive book with gorgeous illustrations that will help students make connections between their emotions and their bodies.

4 – Bee Still

Bee Still by Frank Silio is about a bee who chooses to not be a “busy bee” and instead meditates to find inner peace. Other creatures soon follow his lead to find their own inner peace! This book pairs well with my gardening-themed Kindergarten classroom guidance unit!

5 – Mind Bubbles

Mind Bubbles by Heather Krantz guides students through breathing exercises to address thoughts and feelings that pop into their minds like bubbles. It also includes a mindfulness script to use in your lesson and is great for younger students.

6 – Charlotte and the Quiet Place

Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin highlights the busyness of our world and how it affects children. Charlotte enjoys quiet but can’t seem to escape the noise all around her! She finds a perfect quiet spot to tune in to herself and refocus. This book has beautiful illustrations and features a child of color.

7 – Breathe Like a Bear

Breathe Like a Bear by Kira Willey is a collection of mini mindfulness exercises rather than a storybook. It’s perfect for mindful morning exercises in the classroom or check-ins with students at the beginning of the day.

8 – I am Peace

I love everything Susan Verde and Peter Reynolds do! I am Peace is a beautifully illustrated mindfulness all about finding peace through being present. It’s simply stated and easy to understand for all elementary students. It also includes a guided meditation to use with your students.

9 – Wild Mindfulness

This picture book is meant to teach, guide and allow children (and adults!) to experience mindful moments through guided imagery and breathing techniques as they follow along a young girl and her adventures camping and exploring in the wild. The illustrations in this book are just as gorgeous as the mindful intentions!

10 – A Handful of Quiet

This book by Thich Nhat Hanh introduces students to mindful connections with nature using stones. The book describes how to use pebble meditation to relieve stress, deal with hard feelings, and build concentration.

11 – Puppy Mind

Puppies tend to wander, just like our minds! In this book by Andrew Jordan Nance, students will learn how to train their minds to focus on the present moment rather than wandering to the past or the future.

12 – Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda

Monkey hasn’t always been mindful; his thoughts quickly move from one thing to another. But with a little help from Panda, Monkey learns the power of being present! This title by Lauren Alderfer is perfect for your early elementary students.

13 – A World of Pausabilities

A World of Pausabilities is another title by Frank Silio, and I love the play on words here. This book teaches students the importance of taking pauses in their lives by breathing and paying attention to their thoughts, feelings, and sensations. I love this book because it emphasizes that everyone can choose their own way to pause and be mindful!

14 – The Lemonade Hurricane

Henry is constantly moving from one thing to the next, never fully present in any activity. His big sister Emma teaches him the practice of being still and present. This title by Licia Morelli is a great introduction to meditation for your upper elementary students.

You can see all of these books plus a few more here on Amazon!

Do you have other favorite childrens books about mindfulness? Fill me in! If you’re ready to start implementing mindfulness exercises in your classroom guidance lessons, don’t miss this post that is full of ideas to get your students engaged! And if you’re looking for more books to line your shelf, check out these other books I love for school counseling!

Wondering how to teach kids about mindfulness? You'll love these childrens books about mindfulness for your counseling lessons to introduce students to mindfulness! Great books for mindfulness in the classroom or counseling mindfulness exercises. -Counselor Keri
Wondering how to teach kids about mindfulness? You'll love these childrens books about mindfulness for your counseling lessons to introduce students to mindfulness! Great books for mindfulness in the classroom or counseling mindfulness exercises. -Counselor Keri

3 thoughts on “14 Great Mindfulness Books for Elementary School Counseling

  1. Keri,
    These seem like wonderful books! I plan to do a lesson on mindfulness in February with all of my classes. I hope to continue to integrate it into lessons throughout the year! I am new to the school counseling world, and your resources have been such a great help to me. Thank you!

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