Contributed By: Jene Watson

Nurture mindfulness in your young ones by checking out these multicultural titles geared toward toddlers and younger elementary school children. Each deals in some way with paying attention to nature, showing gratitude, cooperation, patience as well as facing fear or handling emotions like anger. Many of these selections are featured during Mindful Mondays, a weekly program which gives families the opportunity to practice the art of slowing down with the help of songs, stories, and activities tailored to children’s developing attention spans.

Mindful Mondays happen at the Peachtree Corners branch on Mondays from 11:30 to noon. To check out this titles from our collection click here.

Board/Concept Books for Toddlers

  •  Colors of Nature by Kate Riggs and Paolo Domeniconi
  • Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley
  •  Happy by Emma Dodd  The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
  • I Love My Haircut by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  • My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
  • My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
  • Tiny Blessings for Bedtime by Amy Parker
  • Tiny Blessings for Giving Thanks by Amy Parker
  • Wait by Antoinette Portis

Short Picture Books for Elementary School Children

  • All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant
  • All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet by Barbara Berger
  • Anh’s Anger by Gail Silver
  • Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
  • Blackout by John Rocco
  • Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin
  • Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka
  • Everywhere, Wonder by Matthew Swanson
  • Good Morning, City by Pat Keirnan
  • Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora
  • Hold Your Temper, Tiger by Carol Roth
  • I See and See by Ted Lewin
  • It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarrett Krosoczka
  • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
  • More-igami by Dori Kleber
  • Round by Joyce Sidman
  • Rulers of the Playground by Joseph Kuefler
  • Steps and Stones: An Anh’s Anger Story by Gail Silver
  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
  • Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
  • There is a Flower at the Tip of My Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker
  • Waiting by Kevin Henkes
  • What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele
  • When Sophie Gets Angry– Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang