What better way to spread happiness and love to our children this holiday season than through an inspiring book. Throughout the year we have been reviewing some spectacular children’s books on various topics from our happiness toolkit. Each of these books would make a great gift for your child. They are grouped by topic, and I have included a brief summary and link to the more in depth review from earlier this year. Happy reading!
Be Who You Were Meant To Be by Lauren Grabois Fischer is a bilingual children’s board book that teaches its young readers to be proud of who they are and to always be true to themselves.
It’s Alright To Look Different by Benedict Coulter is about accepting others no matter how different they seem. It is a great teaching tool about the impacts of bullying.
The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness by Lizzy Rockwell is a fun, simple way to teach your children about health and fitness. She does an amazing job intertwining science lessons about how the body works with ways children can move and stay fit.
Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence by Michael Jordan’s mother Deloris Jordan is a touching story about a young boy pursuing his dream of becoming an Olympic basketball player.
The Thankful Book by Todd Parr provides a playful, yet meaningful, example to children about what they can be thankful for. Some of his thankful notes are silly, some are routine, and some touch your heart.
My Grateful Book by Diana Smith beautiful children’s book that highlights a number of the little things in life that we can be thankful for, such as the food on our plate, rainbows, animals in the ocean, playing on the beach, learning at school, and our home.
Wee Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes by Amy Geile and Kristen Littell is a story about young students who learn that they have the power to make a difference in the world.
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler teaches children about the importance of kindness and the many ways to help others.
The Magical Rainbow by Deb Ogg is a whimsical story that teaches children important life lessons using color and the seven chakras, the energy centers typically found in yoga and meditation practice.
Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean is a sweet book that explains the importance of meditation and mindfulness to children.
Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book (Kids Yoga Stories) by Giselle Shardlow is an adorable children’s book that teaches kids about both yoga and enjoying nature.
Bogtrotter by Margaret Wild is about a delightful creature that lives in the bog. The book focuses on belonging, trying new things, challenging ourselves, playing outdoors, loneliness, and discovery.
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is about one boy’s quest for a greener world, one garden at a time.
Incredibilia, written by Libby Hathorn and illustrated by Gaye Chapman, contains pictures that really transport you to an imaginative world full of crazy creatures, whispy clouds, and natural beauty.
Mechanica by Lance Baldachin is an imaginative field guide for those who love the earth but wonder what will happen if we do not protect it.
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen is a classic book where the reader follows along with the family as they wade through the grass, splash through the river, and squelch through the mud in search of a bear.