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Self-Care Booklist

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January 1, 2023

Begin the new year with mindfulness and intent, and strive to make your needs a priority. We've curated a list of books for all ages that tackle mental health and well-being and promote self-care.

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Children's Picture Books

Big Breath: A Guided Meditation for Kids by William Meyer

The Boy with the Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems by Kate Coombs

Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere by Kira Willey

Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mr. Rogers by Laura Renauld

Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Wake Up Story by Miriam Gates

Here and Now by Julia Denos

Hurry Up!: A Book About Slowing Down by Kate Dopirak

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde

I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness by Susan Verde

I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

Is Nothing Something?: Kids’ Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between by Thích Nhất Hạnh

Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More by Mallika Chopra

Mindful Me: Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids by Whitney Stewart

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

My Mindful Walk with Grandma by Sheri Mabry

My Thoughts are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness by Georgia Heard

Now by Antoinette Portis

Straw by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstein

You Are Ready! The World is Waiting by Eric Carle

Children's and Preteen Chapter Books

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

Breathing Underwater by Sarah Elisabeth Allen

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

The Golden Hour by Niki Smith

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

Teen and Young Adult Fiction

Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker

How We Ricochet by Faith Gardner

Icebreaker by AL Graziadei

The Last Words We Said by Leah Scheier

The Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin

Reality Check by Kirpa Singh

Some Other Now by Sarah Everett

The Stepping Off Place by Cameron Kelly Rosenblum

The Tragedy of Dane Riley by Kat Spears

We Weren’t Looking to be Found by Stephanie Kuehn

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart

Teen and Young Adult Nonfiction

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community with a forward by Lady Gaga

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation About Mental Health edited by Kelly Jensen

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart

Positively Teen: A Practical Guide to a More Positive, More Confident You by Nicola Morgan

You Are Enough by Jen Petro-Roy

Your Brain Needs a Hug: Life, Love, Mental Health, and Sandwiches by Rae Earl

Adult Fiction

Alone With You in the Ether by Olivie Blake

The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker

Getting His Game Back by Gia De Cadenet

The Kingdom’s Sandcastle: A Novel Based on True Events by Luai Qubain

Little Bandaged Days by Kyra Wilder

A Million Things by Emily Spurr

The Perfect Daughter by Daniel Palmer

Savage Tongues by Asareen Van der Vliet Oloomi

Shadows in the Mind’s Eye by Janyre Tromp

Suture by Nic Brewer

Adult Nonfiction

8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness: Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well-Being by Manuela Mischke-Reeds

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence by Daniel Siegel

Be Mighty: A Woman’s Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry & Stress Using Mindfulness & Acceptance by Jill A. Stoddard

Bliss More: How to Succeed in Meditation Without Really Trying by Light Watkins

Finding the Center Within: The Healing Way of Mindfulness Meditation by Thomas Bien

Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness to Mental Health by Thomas Insel

How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-To Book by Dan Harris

Mindful Pregnancy: Meditation, Yoga, Hypnobirthing, Natural Remedies, Nutrition by Tracy Donegan

Move: How the New Science of Body Movement Can Set Your Mind Free by Caroline Williams

Move the Body, Heal the Mind: Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Dementia and Improve Focus, Creativity, and Sleep by Jennifer Heisz

Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing by Olga Mecking

Practical Mindfulness by Ken A. Verni

Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers by Suze Yalof Schwartz

Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May