Recommended Books

This list of books corresponds with Weeks 1-16 of MOSST (Mindful and OHMazing Strategies for Students and Teachers) PreSchool and Elementary levels of our on-demand curriculum that integrates mindfulness, movement, neuroscience and social justice all in one place. This intentionally curated list features diverse authors, illustrators, and characters. These developmentally appropriate books also integrate social justice narratives around race, physical and cognitive abilities, cultural stories, and sexual identity, to name a few. In selecting the books, we cooperate with The Conscious Kid organization.



Week 1: Mindful ME
I Am Enough
by Grace Byers
Taking Time by Jo Loring Fisher

Week 2: Mindful of Touch, Mindful Me Objects
Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Pedro’s Whale by Paula Kluth, Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.

Week 3: Loving Kindness
Listening with My Heart: A story of kindness and self-compassion by Gabi Garcia
Tutu Makes a Lei by Kuana Torres Kahele

Week 4: Somos OHMazing®! (Making good choices for self, others, and the Earth)
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
Little Sap by Jan Hughes

Week 5: Mindful of Body (how we change and grow)
Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Week 6: Mindful of Smell
The Thing About Bees: A Love Letter by Shabazz Larkin
Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris

Week 7: Mindful Me, Mindful Family
A Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhane Wallis
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

Week 8: Mindful of Music
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russel-Brown
Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle

Week 9: Mindful of Sight (Colors)
What is Light by Markette Sheppard 
Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

Week 10: Mindful Eating (Taste)
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Fry Bread by Kevin Maillard

Week 11: I Am Kind
I Am Enough
by Grace Byers
When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith

Week 12: I Have Self-Compassion
Listening with My Heart
by Gabi Garcia
Always Anjali 
by Sheetal Sheth

Week 13: I Believe in Myself
I Believe I Can 
by Grace Byers
Ruby’s Chinese New Year
by Vickie Lee, Illustrated by Joey Chou 

Week 14: I Can Be Myself
I Can Do Hard Things 
by Gabi Garcia
We All Play by Julie Flett

Week 15: I Am Connected
Each Breath a Smile 
by Sister Susan
My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith

Week 16: I Am Important
I Am One 
by Susan Verde
Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? b
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Week 1: Mindful ME
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Listen by Gabi Snyder and illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

Week 2: Mindful of Touch, Mindful Me Objects
The Best Sweater by Lynne Garner
The Boy with Big Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee

Week 3: Loving Kindness
One Love by Cedella Marley
The Little Things: A Story About Acts of Kindness by Christian Trimmer

Week 4: Somos OHMazing®! (Making good choices for self, others, and the Earth)
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems by Rachel Ignotofsky
Jayden’s Impossible Garden by Melina Mengal

Week 5: Mindful of Body (how we change and grow)
The Butterfly by Anna Milbourne and Cathy Shimmen (for Grades K-2)
Bodies Are Cool by Tyler Feder

Week 6: Mindful of Smell
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
When Lola Visits by Michelle Sterling

Week 7: Mindful of Sight (Colors)
What’s Your Favorite Color by Eric Carle
The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S. K. Ali

Week 8: Mindful of Taste, Mindful Eating
Salma the Syrian Chef  by Danny Ramadin, illustrated by Anna Bron
Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao by Kat Zhang

Week 9: Compassion
The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil, Illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan
Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez Neal

Week 10: Empathetic Joy
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Den
Drawn Together by Minh Lee, illustrations by Dan Santat

Week 11: Gratitude
We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora

Week 12: Mindful of Feelings
A Little Space For Me by Jennifer Gray Olson
Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan

Week 13: Mindful Communication
Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Week 14: Mindful Energy
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Jade’s Secret Ingredients by Ashley Finley

Week 15: Mindful Focus
Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Kokila
Carpenter’s Helper by Sybil Rosen

Week 16: Mindful Balance
Firebird by Misty Copeland, illustrator Christopher Myers
The All-Together Quilt by Lizzy Rockwell


YYY Leadership Program:

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Mindful of Race by Ruth King