Children's books Guides

All Feelings (and Monsters) Are Welcome!

Relating Effectively to Our Emotions By Wendy O'Leary, author of The Monster Parade At a book signing for Breathing Makes It Better, a woman told me her story about trying to use breathing strategies with her children. She said, “My children were fighting and I pointed to your book and said to them, ‘Hey, Breathing Makes It Better!’” You may not be surprised to learn that her approach did not miraculously fix the issue. In fact, one child responded, “No...
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Tibetan Buddhist Books in 2021: A Review

Tibetan Buddhism in 2021 Read More We published many books of interest from the Vajrayana traditions of Tibet, Bhutan, and the Indian Himalayas See our other Year in Review Guides: Theravada/Pali/Insight | Chan, Zen, Mahayana | Tibetan Buddhism Receive a 30% discount on these titles through January 2nd using code 2021YE at checkout We are very happy to share with you a look back at our 2021 books for those who practice in the Tibetan tradition. Jump to: Reader Guides...
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The Monster Parade Educator’s Guide

Free Companion Guide Download Download this companion guide for questions to ask while reading The Monster Parade and several post reading activities that can be done at home or in the classroom. Intended to be used in conjunction with The Monster Parade by Wendy O’Leary, this guide will be an invaluable resource to educators, parents, guardians, and caregivers. The companion guide is available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF in your web browser, please...
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Bodhi Sees the World: Thailand Companion Guide

Free Companion Guide Download Download this companion guide for questions to ask while reading Bodhi Sees the World: Thailand and several post reading activities that can be done at home or in the classroom. Intended to be used in conjunction with Bodhi Sees the World: Thailand by Marisa Aragón Ware, this guide will be an invaluable resource to educators, parents, guardians, and caregivers. The companion guide is available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF...
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Coloring Page | Free Download from Bodhi Sees the World: Thailand

Download a Coloring Page Color along with Bodhi Sees the World: Thailand! Download a coloring page inspired by Marisa Aragón Ware’s illustrations. The coloring page is available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF in your web browser, please click the link or image below. DOWNLOAD THE COLORING PAGE Share Tweet
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Golden Dragon Activity from Kuan Yin | Free Download

Create a golden dragon twirler to send heartfelt wishes out into the world! For centuries, dragons have been represented in cultures throughout the world, though attitudes towards them differ. Chinese Emperors used the dragon as symbols of power, nobility, and divine descent for at least 6,000 years. We can find many dragons on furniture, clothing, jewelry, and decorations throughout the palace in Kuan Yin. In Chinese Buddhism, artists depict the dragon as a symbol of spiritual power, wisdom, and enlightenment...
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! | Free Activities Download

Activities to Share with Your Students ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO RECEIVE A SET OF ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHEETS AS A PRINTABLE PDF. As a thank you for all the amazing work you do as a teacher, we would like to offer you a set of free, interactive, and fun activities from The Mindful Kids Activity Book, Happy Puppy, Angry Tiger, Little Yogi Deck, Meditation Station, and Kuan Yin! These activities and worksheets will provide a hands-on way for kids to...
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Happy Puppy, Angry Tiger Companion Guide

Free Companion Guide Download Download this companion guide for ideas on how to use Happy Puppy, Angry Tiger, ways to read together, and three activities to practice expressing how you feel. Intended to be used in conjunction with Happy Puppy, Angry Tiger by Betsy and Brad Petersen, this guide will be an invaluable resource to educators, parents, guardians, and caregivers. The companion guide is available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF in your web browser,...
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Coloring Page | Free Download from Happy Puppy, Angry Tiger

Download a Coloring Page Color along with Happy Puppy, Angry Tiger! Download the How Are You Feeling? coloring page inspired by Betsy Petersen’s illustrations. The coloring page is available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF in your web browser, please click the link or image below. DOWNLOAD THE COLORING PAGE Share Tweet
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Little Yogi Deck Companion Guide

Free Companion Guide Download Download this companion guide to help you foster a supportive foundation for practicing yoga at home, in your classroom, or in your clinical practice. Intended to be used in conjunction with Little Yogi Deck by Crystal McCreary and illustrated by Andrea Pippins, this guide will be an invaluable resource to parents, guardians, caregivers, educators, and therapists. The companion guide is available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF in your web...
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Coloring Pages | Free Download from Meditation Station

Download a Set of Coloring Pages Color along with Meditation Station! Download a set of coloring pages inspired by Anait Semirdzhyan’s illustrations. The coloring pages are available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDFs in your web browser, please click the link or images below. DOWNLOAD THE COLORING PAGES Share Tweet
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Kindness Cards for Kids – A Guide for Educators, Caretakers, and Therapists

Kindness Cards for Kids is a colorful deck that provides different ways kids can practice being kind to themselves, their families, their communities, and the earth every single day. Each card offers a simple reflection or activity that helps kids develop their strengths in four key dimensions of kindness: compassion, empathy, courage, and responsibility. Author and clinical psychologist Nuanprang Snitbahn has created a guide for educators, caretakers, and therapists on how to use the cards to explore the different dimensions...
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! | Free Activities Download

Activities to Share with Your Students ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO RECEIVE A SET OF ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHEETS AS A PRINTABLE PDF. As a thank you for all the amazing work you do as a teacher, we would like to offer you a set of free, interactive, and fun activities from The Monkey Mind Meditation Deck, Breathing Makes It Better, Meditation for Kids, and Take in the Good! These activities and worksheets will provide a hands-on way for kids to...
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Coloring Pages | Free Download from Krit Dreams of Dragon Fruit

Download a Set of Coloring Pages Color along with Krit Dreams of Dragon Fruit! Download a set of coloring pages inspired by Samantha Woo’s illustrations. The coloring pages are available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDFs in your web browser, please click the link or images below. DOWNLOAD THE COLORING PAGES Share Tweet
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Khyentse Foundation Second Children’s Book Prize Winner Announced

Khyentse Foundation and Bala Kids are delighted to announce that Carol Dodd is the winner of this year’s Children’s Book Prize. Carol Dodd is a first-time author based in Hawai’i. She wrote a magical, lyrical children’s book on impermanence for ages 4–8, which will be published through Bala Kids in 2021. The central theme that runs through this sweet, accessible telling is that, “Everything changes, day to night. Everything changes, and that’s all right.” Ivan Bercholz, publisher of Bala Kids,...
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Breathing Makes It Better Educator’s Guide

Complementary Activities for Teachers & Caregivers by Christopher Willard and Wendy O’Leary Book & Activities are appropriate for children ages 3–6 Overview:  Read aloud and breathe along with this sweet story teaching children how to navigate powerful and sometimes overwhelming emotions. The rhythmic writing, recurring cues, and engaging illustrations support early literacy skills as well as social and emotional learning. The back matter includes additional practices to support the use of self-regulation and mindfulness techniques for children and the adults...
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Managing Emotions with Breathing Makes It Better

A Parade of Feelings and the Power of Body Based Visualization by Wendy O'Leary, author of Breathing Makes It Better I can see us now, my children and I on a frigid and snowy afternoon. Everyone’s patience was beginning to run low. I had to cancel several “important things” to be home for the day and they were getting a bit bored with each other’s company. Did I mention that we had no power, so there was no TV or...
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How Do We Support Our Children’s Happiness?

Supporting Our Children's Full Range of Emotions By Wendy O'Leary, author of Breathing Makes It Better When it comes to wishes for our children, "may you be happy" tops the list. But what does that mean and what can we do to support our children’s happiness? If you have children you know the feeling; the deep desire to FIX things that don’t go their way—that urge to manage and get ahead of their possible disappointments and frustrations and to see...
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Announcing the Second Khyentse Foundation Children’s Book Prize

Theme: Stories that Teach Foundational Buddhist Topics After a successful competition in 2017, Khyentse Foundation and Bala Kids are once again teaming up to offer the Khyentse Foundation Children’s Book Prize for best Buddhist children’s manuscript. Khyentse Foundation and Bala Kids have the shared vision to inspire and educate future generations about Buddhism and to encourage the development of Buddhist resources for parents and children. This year, the prize will be offered to the best children's book about one or...
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! | Free Activities Download

Classroom Activity Download ENTER YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO RECEIVE A SET OF ACTIVITIES AND WORKSHEETS AS A PRINTABLE PDF. As a thank you for all the amazing work you do as a teacher, we would like to offer you a set of free, interactive, and fun activities from the Sitting Still Like a Frog Activity Book, Mindful Games Activity Cards, The Magic of Meditation, and Everything Is Connected! These activities and worksheets will provide a hands-on way for kids to become...
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How Is Everything Connected?

Free Worksheet Download from Everything Is Connected How am I connected to everything? Download a set of worksheets filled with activities, reflections, and practices to help children answer this important question. Intended to be used in conjunction with Everything Is Connected by Jason Gruhl and illustrated by Ignasi Font, these worksheets will be invaluable resources to parents and teachers alike. The worksheets are available for download and printing for your personal use. To open the PDF in your web browser,...
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Children of the Buddha

by Rebecca Hazell The Buddha is well known in popular culture. He is seen as wise, benign, friendly, and peaceful. You can find commercialized representations of him in images ranging from good luck Ho Tai figures to garden statues of him sitting and typing on a laptop. Imagine what a ruckus would ensue if Jesus or Muhammad were depicted like that. It’s taken for granted that the Buddha would laugh at the laptop or smile gently, maybe sadly, and move...
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Khyentse Foundation Children’s Book Prize Winner Announced

Bala Kids and Khyentse Foundation are very pleased to announce that Carolyn Kanjuro, a freelance writer, editor, and playwright based in Boulder, Colorado, has been awarded this year’s Children’s Book Prize. Her submission, which teaches the seven-point meditation posture to kids ages three to five, will be a wonderful addition to Bala Kids, a new imprint of Shambhala Publications. Bala Kids and Khyentse Foundation are thrilled to honor Kanjuro’s talent for presenting traditional Buddhist teachings to children in a genuine...
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