Bedtime is a great time to open the hearts and minds of our kids to the many ways they can encounter the world around them.
We’ve put together this short list of great kids books that open children to general spiritual concepts like compassion, gratitude, contemplation, and mindfulness. These are our picks of modern/spiritual books to help the little ones to experience gratitude, embrace their uniqueness, become aware of the diversity of world religions, and foster both multicultural understanding and religious tolerance. All of that while drifting to dreamland! These are more books are available in our Amazon/Glad.is bookstore, which helps support our website!
5 spiritual books every parent should own:
An Awesome Book of Thanks!
By Dallas Clayton
Inspired by the idea of being thankful for all that you have, An Awesome Book of Thanks! is a walk through a world of magical unicorns, robotic dinosaurs, and all of life’s simple moments, great and small. Crafted for children ages 0-1000, this timeless story is sure to be an instant classic, at home in the hands of anyone looking for the perfect reminder of just how beautiful life can be.
Only One You!
By Linda Kranz
There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world.
By Sanjay Patel
Pixar animator Sanjay Patel brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The stories of Hindu mythology cover everything from love and jealousy to petty grievances and epic battles, with characters ranging from monsters and demons to noble warriors and divine divas.
By Dharmachari Nagaraja
Many of today’s children face challenges and obstacles far beyond what their parents ever imagined. These 20 thoroughly modern retellings of ancient Buddhist tales give parents a fun, low-pressure way to impart wisdom and moral guidance without preaching. Each story highlights a moral or ethical dilemma that echoes those that children face in their own lives, providing insight and enlightenment that they can use to defuse trying situations. A great book for kids 6-7+, there are not ‘as many’ pictures as other books, but it’s a personal favorite of my kids – and there are some wonderful (simple) kids meditations at the back of the book.
Incredible You! 10 ways to let your greatness shine through
By Wayne Dyer
Dr Wayne W. Dyer has taken then 10 concepts from his book for adults “10 Secrets for Success & Inner Peace” and interpreted them for children, creating “Incredible You”! Wayne believes that it’s never too early for children to know that they’re unique and powerful beings, and they have everything they need within themselves to create happy, successful lives.
If you have more books you would like to recommend, please feel free to add them in the comments section.