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Books for Buddhist Kids & Parents

On Thu, 3 August, 2017 - 21:59
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Though sometimes you have to search a bit, there are lots of books out there on Buddhist themes for young children, teens, and parents. We’ll post here a running list of Fantastic Books and Where to Find them.

If you have a favorite of your own, please share in the comments section and we’ll add it!

Young Readers:

The Buddha at Bedtime - Nagaraja

The Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime - Nagaraja

The Calm Buddha at Bedtime - Nagaraja

The Lion and the Jackal - Adiccabandhu & Padmasri

Nightlights: Stories to Read to Your ChildrenKate Petty, Joyce Dunbar, Louisa Somerville and Anne Chivardi

Peaceful Piggy Meditation - Kerry MacLean

Moody Cow Meditates - Kerry MacLean

Moody Cow Learns Compassion - Kerry MacLean

The Three Questions - John J. Muth

Zen Shorts - John J. Muth

Zen Ties - John J. Muth

Zen Socks - John J. Muth

Zen Ghosts - John J. Muth

Hi, Koo - John J. Muth

The Coconut Monk - Thich Nhat Hahn

The Hermit and the Well - Thich Nhat Hahn

A Pebble for Your Pocket - Thich Nhat Hahn

The Stone Boy and Other Stories - Thich Nhat Hahn

The Barefoot Book of Buddhist Tales - Sherab Chodzin

The Wisdom of Crows and Other Buddhist Tales - Sherab Chodzin & Alexandra Kohn

When the Buddha Was an Elephant - Mark McGinnis

Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories - Mark McGinnis

Twenty Jataka Tales - Noor Inayat Khan

I Once Was a Monkey: Stories Buddha Told - Jeanne Lee

The Very Delicious Strawberry: Twenty Illustrated Zen Stories Adapted for Children - Tim Johnson & Andrea Brajnovic

Zen & Bodhi’s Snowy DayGina Bates Brown & Sarah Jane Hinder

Samsara Dog - Helen Manos & Julie Vivas

Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents - Sarah Conover & Valerie Wahl

Stories from Buddhist Lands - S. Dhammika & Susan Harmer

Buddhist Stories - Anita Generi & Tracy Fennell

The Mountains of Tibet - Mordicai Gerstein

Prince Siddhartha: The Story of the Buddha - Janet Brooke & Joe Landwehr

The Monk and the Yak - Ovi Avnur

The Cleverest Thief - Baird Hoffmire

Dorje’s Stripes - Anshumani Ruddra

Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas - Naomi C. Rose

Shantideva: How to Wake up a Hero - Dominique Townsend

Tara’s Coloring Book - Andy Weber

Ming’s Kung Fu Adventure in the Shaolin Temple: A Zen Buddhist Tale - Yijin Wert

One Hand Clapping: Zen Stories for All Ages - Rafe Martin

No Words: The Teachings of the Buddha - Buddhist Text Translation Society

Meditation Is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for KidsWhitney Stewart & Sally Rippin

Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress - Laurie Grossman

Charlotte and the Quiet Place - Deborah Sosin

Teaching Meditation & Buddhism to Kids:

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) - Eline Snel

Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches AnythingDeborah Schoeberlein David & Suki Sheth

Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children - Thich Nhat Hahn & Chan Chau Nghiem

Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation & Buddhist Teachings - Sumi Loudon Kim & Jack Kornfield

Sitting Together Activity Book - Sumi Loudon Kim & Jack Kornfield

Baby Buddhas: A Guide to Teaching Meditation to Children - Lisa Desmond

A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles - Thich Nhat Hahn

A Buddhist Understanding of Childhood Spirituality: The Buddha’s Children - Alexander von Gintard

Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families - Susan Kaiser Greenland

Mindful Games Activity Cards: 55 Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with Kids and Teens - Susan Kaiser Greenland & Annaka Harris

Breathe, Chill: A Handy Book of Games and Techniques Introducing Breathing, Meditation and Relaxation to Kids and Teens - Lisa Roberts

Acorns to Great Oaks: Meditations for ChildrenMarie Delanote & Johannes Vandierendonck

Teen Buddhists:

Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists - Sumi Loundon & Jack Kornfield

The Buddha’s Apprentices: More Voices of Young BuddhistsSumi Loundon Kim

Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens - Diana Winston

Buddha in Your Backpack: Everyday Buddhism for Teens - Franz Metcalf

There’s Nothing Wrong with You for Teens - Cheri Huber & June Shiver

Stuff That Sucks: A Teen’s Guide to Accepting What You Can’t Change and Committing to What You Can - Ben Sedley

Buddha Boy - Kathe Koja

Dharma Punx - Noah Levine

For Parents:

A Path for Parents - Sara Burns

Time-Out for Parents: A Guide to Compassionate Parenting - Cheri Huber & June Shiver

Buddhism for Mothers of Young Children: Becoming a Mindful Parent - Sarah Napthali

Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren: Finding Calm in the Chaos of the School Years - Sarah Napthali

Buddhism for Mothers: A Calm Approach to Caring for Yourself and Your Children - Sarah Napthali

Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children - Krissy Pozatek

Zen Parenting: The Art of Learning What You Already Know - Judith Costello & Jurgen Haven

If the Buddha Had Kids: Raising Children to Create a More Peaceful World - Charlotte Kasl

Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children - Christopher Willard

Parenting in the Present Moment: How to Stay Focused on What Really Matters - Carla Naumburg

Dharma Family Treasures: Sharing Buddhism with Children - Sandy Eastoak

Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood - Karen Maezen Miller

Little Buddhas: Children & Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions - Vanessa R. Sasson

Zen & the Path of Mindful Parenting: Meditations on Raising Children - Clea Danaan

Joyful Parents, Successful Children - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting - Myla & John Kabat-Zinn

Zen Parent, Zen Child - Christian Conte

Yoga & Tai Chi:

Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children - Lisa Flynn

Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath - Danielle Bersma

Tai Chi for Kids: Move with the AnimalsStuart Alve Olson & Gregory Crawford

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saccacitta's picture

My kids like this illustrated book of Milarepa, so do I !

Prasadadhi's picture

For the youngest kids, who are not ready for potentially scary or complex moral stories, I liked The Mouse and The Buddha, Kathryn Price. Very simple with beautiful illustrations. Gives a sense of peace and joy, in a context that 0-5 year olds can relate to (a mouse eating treats and helping others).

Celine's picture

This is a great list, thank you!
Ziji Rinpoche has also just released the BeginningMind Series, introducing the nature of mind to children through Dzogchen Books for Kids

Where is Mind? - Gives children the experience of the nature of their own mind

Strong Mind - Teaches to relax in mind with stormy feelings

Find Mind - is an Introduction to Dzogchen meditation: short moments of strong mind (It is #1 Bestseller for new releases in Buddhist Children’s Books on Amazon)

Rest is Best! - is an ode to Self-Love, through resting the mind self compassion flowers compassion for all ❤️ 

Thank you so much <3