Holiday time brings spare time and time to read. Due lockdown, books are back in favour; creative fiction, children’s books and the exploration of living with the Buddhist teachings feature in these books. Here we bring a selection of Children’s Buddhist books!
By Susan B. Katz; Illustrated by Anait Semirdzhyan
Susan B. Katz’s latest children’s book teaches young ones to bring their train of troubled thoughts to meditation station — and stay there. In Meditation Station, trains of thoughts come and go, but children will learn they don’t have to hop on the next car. Instead, Kat’z words, accompanied by adorable illustrations, will teach them to manage a busy mind, difficult feelings, and frustration by tuning into breath and body.
I See You, Buddha
By Josh Bartok; Illustrated by Demi
Using playful, lyrical rhyme, Zen Buddhist priest Josh Bartok tells a story based on a chapter in the Lotus Sutra in his new children’s book. I See You, Buddha teaches little ones the way of the bodhisattva, showing them how to see the good in everyone and bow to whatever comes their way. Be it times of sickness, loneliness, or anger, children will learn to honor their journey, love themselves, and make every day a good day. Accompanied by beautiful illustrations by Demi, this book holds an important message for those young and old.
Mop Rides the Waves of Life
By Jaimal Yogis; Illustrated by Matthew Allen
Plum Blossom Books
In Mop Rides the Waves of Life, a children’s by Saltwater Buddha author Jaimal Yogis, a wild-haired surfer boy encounters a series of difficulties with peers and teachers at school — as well as some disappointment at home. When his mother takes him to the beach to go surfing, he is reminded that he knows how to work with water, in whatever form it takes. “You start by feeling your breath go in and out like the tides,” Mom says. “Breathing mindfully helps you notice the emotional waves inside.” Through clear language and charming illustrations, this book offers children and adults a useful metaphor for how to be mindful in every aspect of our lives — in times of joy, and also in those inevitable moments that challenge us.
A Story of Karma: Finding Love and Truth in the Lost Valley of the Himalaya
by Michael Schauch
Rocky Mountain Books
Though we can’t travel right now, Michael Schauch’s A Story of Karma will take you on an expedition deep in the Himalaya of northern Nepal. This travel memoir recounts the heartwarming story that emerged when Michael Schauch and his wife travelled to a remote valley previously closed to outsiders in 2012. There they meet a little girl, Karma, and take the reader with them on their adventure that showcases the spirit and magic of nature and human connection.