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Buddhist Book Shop for Kids and Teens

Below are my favorite Buddhist books for kids and teens, sorted by age group. Return to the main page of the Book Shop for adult selections.

Buddhist Books for Children 3-8 Years Old

Each Breath a Smile by Sister Susan
Introduces very young children to mindfulness and an awareness of nature.

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Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee Maclean
Kids in a fanciful pig family use meditation to deal with their daily stresses.

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Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee Maclean
A young boy/cow has a very bad day, and his grandfather teaches him a
meditation technique to help him deal with his anger.

Read more about Moody Cow Meditates



Zen Ties by Jon Muth
Lovely story about children learning compassion, featuring a giant Panda.

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Zen Ghosts by Jon Muth
Buddhism and Halloween? Sure! In this 3rd children's book featuring Stillwater
the panda, the theme of 'what is real?' is explored.

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Buddha at Bedtime by Dharmachari Nagaraja
Focused on teaching universal values such as kindness, sharing and
forgiveness through fable like stories.

Read more about Buddha at Bedtime



Jataka Tale Series by Dharma Publishing
The Jataka Tales are a set of folk stories from India featuring animals and magical
creatures, that are often used in Buddhist cultures to relay ethical teachings.

Read more about the Jataka Tale Series



Buddhist Books for Children 9-12 Years Old

I Once Was a Monkey: Stories Buddha Told by Jeanne Lee
Versions of several Jataka Tales - fables about the Buddha's past lives.

Read more about I Once Was a Monkey



Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and
Parents
by Sarah Conover
More Buddhist fables, from many lineages.

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Prince Siddhartha: The Story of Buddha by Jonathan Landaw
The Buddha's life story.

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A Pebble For Your Pocket by Thich Nhat Hanh
Lovely first person stories from Thich Nhat Hanh on mindfulness
and compassion.

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Buddhist Books for Teens

Wide Awake: Buddhism for the New Generation
by Diana Winston
Great introduction to Buddhism, with anecdotes targeted to teens.

Read more about Wide Awake



The Way of Youth: Buddhist Common Sense for Handling
Life's Questions
by Daisaku Ikeda
Q&A format, with real questions posed by teens.

Read more about The Way of Youth



Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Classic novel based on (but not exactly) the Buddha's life.

Read more about Siddhartha


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