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5 Books to Help Kids Find Calm Through Breathing and Visualization

Sponsored | The Children’s Book Review | July 23, 2018

5 Mindfulness and Meditation Books for Kids

If you’re looking for books with child-friendly visualizations or methods for helping kids discover how they can slow down, breathe, become aware of their bodies both mentally and physically, and fall asleep and stay asleep easier, then this list of books is exactly what you’re looking for. You’ll discover guided visualizations that will spark imagination and encourage restful relaxation, an alphabetic introduction to mindfulness and breath awareness, as well as exercises designed to teach kids techniques for taking ownership of their bodies and emotions.

Take a breath. Inhale. Exhale. Read your way to a calmer day and don’t forget to be the calm you want to see in your child.

Sweet Dreams- Bedtime Visualizations for KidsSweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids

Written by Mariam Gates

Illustrated by Leigh Standley

Whether you’re looking for a way to enhance or aid in a positive and relaxing bedtime experience, these eight visualizations from Mariam Gates are a fantastic way to wind down after a busy day. The guided narratives encourage and inspire the kiddos to practice their breathing techniques while taking them on imaginative journeys to a rainforest, to the moon, a meadow, or underwater. In some of the visualizations the child is encouraged to blow wish bubbles, make it rain, or fly a kite. Leigh Standley’s illustrations are light, lovely and breathy, effortlessly complimenting the creativity behind Gates’ delightful and mindful imagery.

Sweet Dreams Guided Visualizations

Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations (Sounds True, 2019), written by Mariam Gates and illustrated by Leigh Standley

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Sounds True | July 2, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1683641704

Alphabreaths- The ABCs of Mindful BreathingAlphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing

Written by Christopher Willard PsyD and Daniel Rechtschaffen MA

Illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

The younger set will readily engage in this playfully peaceful alphabet primer of 26 ways to take a breath. From ‘Alligator Breath to Redwood Breath to Zzzz Breath, kids will happily snap their arms together, reach high to the sky like a tree, and close their eyes for the finale of zzzz … all while discovering the joy and peace a deep breath can provide. Try them all or pick a favorite, from butterflies to ninjas, there’s a breath style sure to suit every child. The blissful illustrations show a beautifully diverse cast of children demonstrating how to achieve each breath. Adorable mouths open wide and a wisp of breath escapes.

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Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing (Sounds True, 2019), written by Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

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Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing (Sounds True, 2019), written by Christopher Willard and Daniel Rechtschaffen and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown

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Ages 3-8 | Publisher: Sounds True | May 28, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1683641971

Breathe Like a Bear- 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime AnywhereBreathe Like a Bear

Written by Kira Willey

Illustrated by Anni Betts

Here’s a book with 30 more ways to take a breath. Kira Willey, an award-winning songwriter, shares short visualizations to go along with each of the breathing styles; such as Bear Breath and Hot Chocolate Breath. The text is lyrical and the illustrations are inviting, making this is fun choice as an introduction to mindfulness.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Rodale Kids | December 5, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1623368838

Breathe with MeBreathe with Me: Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, and Happy

Written by Mariam Gates

Illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder

Our breath is our own special superpower—the answer to finding our calm—but it can feel tricky to master in a minute of mayhem. Unless you have a copy of Breathe with Me, that is! This lushly illustrated picture book is filled with delightful breathing practices that will have kids readily inhaling and exhaling … feeling calmer in no time. Practice them all or pick a favorite. Either way, readers of this excellent book will be equipped with just the right tool for easing a worrying or stormy moment.

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Ages 4-8 | Publisher: Sounds True | January 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1683640301

Mindful Me- Mindfulness and Meditation for KidsMindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids

Written by Whitney Stewart

Illustrated by Stacy Peterson

Between home life, school life and social life, tweens and teens can often find themselves feeling overwhelmed. Mindful Me will appeal to this older set with busier lives. Whitney Stewart’s reassuring and relatable book introduces mindfulness as way to manage stress, find focus, and handle difficult situations and emotions. There are over thirty practical and inspiring breathing, relaxation, and guided meditation exercises to engage and equip tweens with a useful set of tools they can use for life.

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Ages 9-12 | Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company | April 3, 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0807551448

Header image is from Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations (Sounds True, 2019), written by Mariam Gates and illustrated by Leigh Standley. The article 5 Books to Help Kids Find Calm Through Breathing and Visualization was curated by The Children’s Book Review and sponsored by Sounds True. For similar books and articles, follow along with our content tagged with , , and .

Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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