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Buddhism For Kids

Books and resources for teaching kids about Buddhism and meditation.

Books for Introducing 3-8 Year Olds to Mindfulness star
With stress and stimulus levels rocketing for children today, any child can benefit from Buddhist concepts such as mindfulness, meditation, and loving-kindness. This article briefly reviews books for introducing these to young children, and related articles do the same for older children and teens.

Books for Introducing 9-12 Year Olds to Buddhism star
This article briefly reviews three books for introducing 9-12 year old to Buddhist themes such as mindfulness and compassion, as well as for teaching them about the Life of the Buddha and basic Buddhist tenets such as the Four Noble Truths.

Books for Introducing Teens to Buddhism star
This article briefly reviews three books that introduce Buddhist themes to teens in a way applicable to their everyday lives.

Buddha at Bedtime - Childrenīs Book Review star
This book offers a lovely collection of bedtime stories based on Buddhist Jataka tales, for children ages 4-10. Focused on teaching universal values such as kindness, sharing, forgiveness, and more, this book is great for both Buddhist and non-Buddhist parents and children.

Buddhist Book Shop for Kids and Teens star
Favorites amongst the books I have reviewed for kids and teens, sorted by age group.

Buddhist-Inspired Coloring Sheets star
Whether you are a teacher or parent, coloring pages are a great tool for teaching children about Buddhism. And for adults, coloring Buddhist-inspired geometric patterns called mandalas is an excellent form of meditation and stress management.

In The Garden of Our Minds - Children's Book star
In The Garden of Our Minds and Other Buddhist Stories is a lovely collection of stories featuring a contemporary family with young children learning about Buddhism. It is great for anyone who wants to introduce children to Buddhist teachings.

Introducing Children to the Noble Eightfold Path star
The Noble Eightfold Path is a foundation Buddhist teaching consisting of the eight components of the Buddhist path. Here's some suggestions for introducing children to each of them - great for adults of any faith too!

Jataka Tales: Ethical Folk Tales for Children star
The Jataka Tales are a set of folk stories that originated in India, and are often used in Buddhist cultures to relay ethical teachings. This article reviews a set available from Dharma Publishing, targeted to 3-8 year olds.

Planting Seeds-Practicing Mindfulness w/ Children star
The book Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children, by Thich Nhat Hanh, is a beautiful and practical book and CD combo for parents and educators interested in introducing children to mindfulness, meditation, compassion, and other related themes.

Zen Ghosts - Children's Book Review star
Zen and Halloween? Sure! In this third children's book featuring Stillwater, a beloved giant koan-speaking panda, the theme of 'what is real?' is explored through Halloween costumes and imagery. A ghost story-within-the-story, based on an ancient Zen koan, further explores this theme.

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