Recommended Reading


Social and Emotional Learning Book Suggestions

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) helps children develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. SEL picture books provide parents with an opportunity to discuss feelings with their children in a light-hearted and supportive way. Happy Reading!


Books about helping others

Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud

Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la Peña


Books about overcoming fear

Poindexter Makes a Friend by Mike Twohy

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Elephant & Piggie Book Series by Mo Willems


Books about anger 

I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer

When Miles Got Mad by Sam Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller

When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang


Books the celebrate differences

Elmer by David McKee

It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr 

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima


Books about making mistakes

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken


Books about gratitude and kindnesS

The Happiness Tree: Celebrating the Gifts of Trees We Treasure by Andrea Alban Gosling

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

What Does It Mean To Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio


Books that inspire

Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus


Books that will bring calmness to the moment

Breathe like a Bear by Kira Willey Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates

Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates

Zoo Zen: A Yoga Story for Kids by Kristen Fischer


Books about mindfulness

Breathe like a Bear by Kira Willey

I Am Peace: A book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer

The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito

What Does It Mean To Be Present? by Rana DiOrio

Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth


Mindful Ninja Mom’s Favorite Parenting Books

Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems (Positive Discipline Library) by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D.

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

The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary, PhD 


Picture books provide parents with an opportunity to discuss feelings with their children in a light-hearted and supportive way