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Top 5 Picks for October - Mindful Books For Kids

These five books, geared towards kids up to age 8, deliver inspiring and thought provoking messages through brilliant illustrations and timeless moral tales. These modern day classics, guaranteed to touch both parent and child, are all available on

Zen Shorts by John J.Muth - Pre-K to 4th Gr.

Beautifully illustrated in two distinct styles, this book introduces readers to a Zen approach to the world, wrapped in a story about three siblings and their new neighbor, a panda.
-- Amazon

The Three Questions by John J Muth- Ages 6-9

Nikolai is a boy who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. His friends--a heron, a monkey, and a dog--try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. "When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?" Leo doesn't answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai's visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself. Muth based his story on a short story of the same title by Leo Tolstoy. -- Amazon

Old Turtle by Douglas Wood- Ages 4-8

When all of creation--trees, stones, ants, the sky, fish—-begins arguing over who or what God is, quiet Old Turtle is the only one who has the wisdom and ability to see beyond herself to capture the essence. -- Amazon

Fun is a Feeling by Chara M. Curtis - Pre-School

A beautiful explanation of the real meaning of joy. "Fun isn't something or somewhere or who. It's a feeling of joy that lives inside of you." -- Amazon

A Pebble for Your Pocket by Thich Nhat Hanh - Ages 4-8

Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh is a globally renowned buddhist spiritual leader and acclaimed author and teacher. This book utilizes vivid metaphors, original allegories, and colorful stories, young people learn about handling anger, living in the present moment, and "interbeing"—the interconnectedness of all things. -- Amazon

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