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Kids Yoga Philosophy Reads

Thanks to @gomelissago for offering this great list of kids’ books. All of these books have a great message to share and would be wonderful to share with your young children.

In Search of the Thunder Dragon
Sophie & Romio Shrestha

In the mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” two children undertake a quest in search of the famously elusive thunder dragons. Their journey takes them to a remote monastery, to the mountain aerie of a winged tiger, and into the swirling clouds of a dramactic thunderstorm.

Neither Night nor Day
Written and Illustrated
by Meryl Dowman

This story follows the boy, Jigme, on his quest to find a healer who can help his ailing mother. His journey takes him to fascinating places across the Tibetan landscape as he encounters lamas, magicians, yogis, garudas, nagas, talking animals, and a host of interesting characters. He is subtlely given teachings and shown the nature of things–the ways of the world and the path of Dharma–at each turn of the road.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation
Kerry Lee Maclean

Sometimes life seems like it’s all about hurrying-so many places to go! And sometimes it’s hard when things don’t go your way. So how do young piggies find a peaceful place in a frustrating world? They slow down and calm down. Peaceful piggies find it easier to deal with whatever comes their way, and they have time to notice all the magical things in life, too!

The Quiltmaker’s Gift
Jeff Brumbeau

The Quiltmaker’s Gift tells the story of a greedy king, who with the help of a generous quiltmaker, learns to find happiness by giving to others.

Zen Shorts
Jon J. Muth

When Stillwater the bear moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways.

All I See Is Part of Me
Chara M.Curtis and Cynthia Aldrich

In a journey that carries the reader far beyond the printed page, a child discovers his common link with all of life. This beautifully illustrated story is recommended for adults and children of all ages.

Because Brian Hugged His Mother

David L. Rice, Illustrated by K. Dyble Thompson

Brian hugged his Mom one morning. No special reason.Just because. Brian’s hug set in motion a series of unselfish acts that reached more people–and animals–than he could ever know. A wonderful story of interdependence.

Fun is a Feeling
Chara M. Curtis

A beautifully illustrated tale of a child’s discovery that the joy of life comes from within.

Hey, Little Ant
Phillip and Hannah Hoose

What would you do if the ant you were about to step on looked up and started talking? Would you stop and listen? This conversation between two creatures–a boy and an ant–might answer that classic childhood question: To squish or not to squish? By giving us the ant’s point of view, this delightful little book may help change our own.

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track
Jonathan Prince

Children will delight in the playful and musical language, endearing and uniquely styled illustrations, and wonderfully warm story that makes this picture book so special. When switchman Jack, eating lunch by his shack, spies an ant walking along the railroad track, he immediately gets worried: it’s an eastbound ant on the westbound track, and that means a train could run SMACK into the little guy. He knows he has to do something to help.

The Family Meditation Book: How Ten Minutes a Day Can Make Life Saner (and More Pleasant) for Even the Busiest Families
Kerry Lee MacLean

When family members have peace in their hearts, they naturally get along better with each other and all those who enter their lives. Using her own experiences with her family of seven as a guide, Kerry Lee MacLean shows how important it is for family members to briefly check in with themselves and each other daily. This moment of “regrouping” brings stillness of mind and heart in meeting our experiences throughout the day. Working with obstacles becomes easier for both children and adults, while natural harmony is easily maintained. This is a wonderful little book for children or adults; practical and hands-on, it is inspiring and touching—a beautifully clear and simple introduction to meditation.

Kindness
Collected by Sarah Conover

Following the Buddha through his various transformations, these wise, compassionate, and often funny stories convey this great master’s profound and gentle teachings to persons of all ages, religions, races, and ideological persuasions.

The Three Questions
Jon J Muth

When yougn Nikolai seeks counsel from Leo, the wise old turtle who lives in the mountains, he is sure Leo will know the answers to his three questions. But it is Nikolai’s own response to a stranger’s cry for help that leads him directly to the answers he is looking for.

additional books:

Dogi the Yogi by Maria Notarile Scrivan   Follow Dogi through a variety of poses and learn yoga while escaping in Ms. Scrivan’s sweet pictures.

For a review:  http://www.yogadork.com/2009/08/31/book-review-dogi-the-yogi-a-bendy-kids-book-for-family-yoga-fun/


Seven Spirals: A Chakra Sutra for Kids by Deena Haiber and Aimee MacDonald Teach your kids about the seven chakras and enjoy a book filled with glorious and colorful pictures and an approachable story.

For a review: http://www.examiner.com/x-24964-Hartford-Yoga-Examiner~y2009m10d15-Seven-Sprials-A-Chakra-Sutra-for-Kids—a-book-review

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