For Adults

Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear, and Panic by Jeffrey Brantley

A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit by Tim Ryan

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

Child's Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed by Psy. D. Christopher Willard 

The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life by Elisha Goldstein

Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment--and Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn 

The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenland

Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything by Deborah Schoeberlein

Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children by Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman

Momfulness: Mothering with Mindfulness, Compassion, and Grace by Denise Roy

Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham

Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh

10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children--and Ourselves--the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce Stress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives by Goldie Hawn

Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness by Susan L. Smalley PhD and Diana Winston


The Mindful Kids
And Adults Too!

"My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened."
Michel de Montaigne

There are so many wonderful books out there to help you learn about mindfulness and develop your own practice. If you are anything like me, you may think you need to read them all in order to begin practicing. Fortunately, this is not case.  Unlike other disciplines, the depth of an individual's understanding of mindfulness must be cultivated through experience rather than textbooks.  So, while researching and reading is important, especially in the beginning, the key to growing your mindfulness skills is to practice...

After reading a ridiculous number of books on mindfulness and attending endless classes, workshops and retreats, I've learned that fundamentally, they are all saying the same thing.  Of course, as individuals, we are all drawn to certain authors, experts and styles of writing and fortunately there is something out there for everyone.

I have compiled a list of books for both adults and children that I find very useful.  There are thousands more out there for you to explore.  If you have any specific questions or requests, please feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to talk with you about book selection.  

Happy Reading!

For Children

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer

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

Moody Cow Learns Compassion by Kerry Lee Maclean

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee Maclean

Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean

Milton's Secret: An Adventure of Discovery through Then,
When, and the Power of Now
 by Eckart Tolle

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] by Jon J. Muth 

Print Articles

"Frazzled Kids Learn to Relax - A recent article from Bay Area Parent about the C.A.L.M. class!

Sharing Mindfulness
Samantha Eddy

Five Tips for Helping Teens Manage Technology
Teens and Social Media
The Power of Mindfulness - How a meditation
practice can help kids become less anxious,
more focused

Mindfulness Practices Buoy Students in Sacramento's Einstein Middle School 
Anxiety in Kids:  How to Turn it Around
and Protect Them for Life

 Importance Of Naming Your Emotions
Happiness in Action
23 Ways to De-Stress in 5 minutes or less

Meditation Techniques for People Who Hate Meditation
Feeling Overwhelmed?  Remember "R.A.I.N"
Why Teenagers Act Crazy
Why Children Need Mindfulness Just As Much As Adults Do
Mindfulness as a treatment path...
Why we will come to see mindfulness as mandatory
Your brain is like a muscle: use it and make it strong!


Meditation For Kids: Parents Turn To Mindfulness Practices To Help Children Stay Calm

In Mindfulness, A Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds
Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader
Multitasking Loses Its Cool; Mindfulness Is Now In
Mindfulness in a hectic world

Mindfulness in children and young people

Note: Mindful Kids is an educational program and not a clinical intervention.

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