We love books in my house. They are cherished and considered to be treasures, I love watching my children find joy in books, reading about their interests or becoming immersed in an adventure.
One of the things I feel is important is to have spiritual books for children. It has been my pleasure to find that more and more adults are recognizing the importance of having stories that incorporate a positive message of living a spiritual life. The authors have different religious backgrounds but their books are not preachy or rigid, simply bringing forth a gentle message that a child may experience in their own way.
The Little Soul and the Sun by: Neale Donald Walsch (author of Conversations with God).
“is a simple and powerful story that brings children a very profound truth: this is no absolute good or bad- that underneath all that happens in the world, all that we call “good” and all that we call “bad” is love. Your child will discover a God that she or he can love, because God is love, as all are the Little Souls who are part of God. And perhaps parents, too, will rediscover who they really are”
I bought this book just after I began studying Reiki in 2000, years before I had my own children. I was in my favorite local crystal store and I was drawn to it immediately. I cried the entire time I first read it. There in print were words that resonated with me so completely, so fully that I felt as if my soul took a sigh of relief. This message was something I had believed my entire life and never had I found anyone I could explain it to in a way that they would understand. At 20 years old this book healed a part of my child self and confirmed for me a belief I had that we are all connected and one.
Buddha at Bedtime by: Dharmachari Nagaraja
“presents twenty lively retellings of classic Buddhist tales for parents to read to children. The captivating stories will not only fire your children’s imagination and take them on a host of exotic adventures, but also encourage them to visualize all sorts of scenarios for themselves, bringing greater calm, enhanced creativity, increased self-confidence, and heightened empathy toward others. The vibrant artwork at the start of each tale draws a child into the action. And the key Buddhist message is highlighted at the end of each story.”
This book was recommended to me a couple of years ago but has just recently become an addition to our house. It has been so enjoyable that I was kicking myself a little for not getting it sooner but I know we are guided and timing is everything. My children are 7 and 5 ½ and are getting more out of this book now than they would have being younger. They will talk about the message of the story and have spoken about times in their own life when that has applied or how they could have changed a situation with that piece of wisdom. Here is the message at the end of the story The Brave Little Parrot “Sometimes we can feel helpless when faced with a great challenge. A wise person knows that love and compassion can give them the courage to achieve things that they thought were impossible”
I Think, I Am! by: Louise L. Hay and Kristina Tracy
“Your Thoughts create your life! This is the message that Louise Hay has been teaching people throughout the world for more than 25 years. Now, children can learn and understand the powerful idea that they have control over their thoughts and words, and in turn, what happens in their life”
This book is a wonderful way to introduce and help children understand the power of their thoughts and words. It gives examples and suggestions on how to change your words and create a positive affirmation. At the end it lists ways to write your own affirmations. My daughter who is 7 has liked doing this and found it helpful. It is also a great reminder to us as parents how using positive affirmations are beneficial to us and can be a helpful parenting tool.
Rainbow Kids by: Petrea King
“Do you know how to send a Rainbow? Yoshi and his friends do. We meet them all in this delightful new book by Petrea King, a companion to the bestselling You, Me & the Rainbow. Combining a beautifully illustrated story with a timeless healing ritual, Rainbow Kids takes children on a journey of discovery which is filled with friendship, compassion and all the colours of the rainbows. Now you can be a rainbow kid and send rainbows filled with love”
I heart this book so much. It is empowering for children and parents and such a beautiful message.
Stone Soup by: Jon J Muth
“With magnificent watercolors that invite reflection of deeper meaning, Jon J Muth combines his love of Zen Buddhism and Eastern culture with a favorite old trickster tale that celebrates the power of generosity”
I remember reading this book when I was in elementary school and I am delighted to listen to my daughter read it to us. In any part of our lives if we contribute what we can and others do the same the combination is always more than the sum of its part and we can create something incredible together.
On My Way to a Happy Life by: Deepak Chopra and Kristina Tracy
“Over the years, many adults who have ready my books and become familiar with my teachings on the 7 spiritual laws of the universe tell me they wish they had learned these lessons much earlier in life. It is for this reason that I have written the book you are holding. On My Way to a Happy Life will introduce your children to the workings of the universe in terms that even the youngest ones can understand and apply”
A lovely book to read, the pictures are bright and colourful and the messages are easily recognized by children as truth.
I Am by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer with Kristina Tracy
“I Am teaches kids a simple but profound message: God is not far off in the distance, or even merely beside us. In other words, we are not separate from God- we are God! Knowing that God’s love and strength is a part of everyone can help kids grow to meet their greatest potential in life”
Another book that re-enforces the idea that we are all connected and one, there is no separation we are Divine.
Fill a bucket. A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children by Carol McCloud and Katherine Martin
“When children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people’s buckets too, they understand how special, valuable and capable they are”
This book is for young children and based on the book Have you filled a bucket today? by the same authors. This is a great little story to help children understand how they can bring happiness and joy to themselves and others.
I am always on the look out for other books so please leave a comment and let me and other’s know about some of the gems you’ve found and love to read with your children.
Cheers and Blessings,