Encourage gratitude & present moment thinking with great stories!
The books below are captivating, plus they offer nuanced examples of mindfulness and gratitude in action.
Choose one to read together as a platform for deeper conversations about mindfulness and gratitude. Reading with a child is itself an exercise in mindfulness, especially if you tune in completely to the nuances of the story.
Talk about the issue.
Take a moment to notice five new things about the person next to you.
Think quietly about your day for four deep breaths. What are you thankful for?
Find a peaceful place to sit or walk slowly in nature. Then share observations using all five of your senses (something you see - something you smell - something you feel - something you taste - something you hear).
When do you find it most difficult to be mindful or fully able to notice the present moment?
When do you find it easiest to be mindful?
Readers of all ages will fall in love with Minli's journey to find the Old Man in the Moon in an effort to change her family's fortune. Richly layered with Chinese Folktales, the book is a feast for the imagination, and its message of friendship and gratitude will inspire many thoughtful conversations.
In this unusual, fantastical classic, readers are reminded time and again to notice. Paying close attention to the sights, sounds, and textures of the present is the only way to enter Whangdoodleland. Attention also happens to be the key to mindfulness. This book is a fun accompaniment to any mindfulness practice.
What would it feel like to to be extremely intelligent, aware of everything, but unable to express anything? Ten-year-old Melody is trapped in a body that won't respond to her demands. With gentleness and surprising humor, this book brings readers along on Melody's courageous journey to middle school and past the limits of her cerebral palsy. Melody's story will help readers pay attention to the needs and experiences of others regardless of apparent abilities and surface experiences.
Another thoughtful story about an isolated girl, this tale will challenge us all to notice the ways in which our fears and discomforts limit what we do. Rose Howard's heroic effort to do the right thing for her beloved dog Rain will inspire us all to pay attention to the gifts around us, and within us.
Four brilliant children are selected to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened to solve a series of puzzles and riddles. This adventure is only the beginning of a mind-bending series of books sure to test and sharpen your powers of observation.
This classic story offers many lessons for anyone interested in mindfulness, as Mary Lennox, Colin, and Dickon forge an unlikely friendship, uncover a long-forgotten garden, and pay attention to all of the little changes as they bring the garden back to life.
This phenomenal Newbery Book Award winner is inspiring and empowering on so many levels. Read with an eye toward mindfulness, the poems in this fictionalized memoir magnify small, personal moments in the politically tumultuous 60s and 70s.
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