Sunday, March 12, 2017

Teacher-Recommended Mindfulness Books

by Catharine Hannay

The following books are all 'mindful teacher-tested' by educators and counselors who've used them personally or with their students and clients.  

I feature as many resources as I can about mindfulness and complementary practices, as well as a mindful approach to teaching and to working with youth.  There's such an overwhelming number of books being published these days that I can't possibly keep up, so I decided to reach out to friends and colleagues and ask for recommendations.  Many thanks to everyone who shared your favorites! 

Recommended Books from Teachers and Counselors

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Books for Teachers/Educators 
Discipline Over Punishment: Successes and Struggles with Restorative Justice in Schools by Trevor Gardner 

Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience by Christopher Willard
Happy Teachers Change the World by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare 
Introversion in the Classroom: How to Prevent Burnout and Encourage Success,  by Jessica Honard 
The Invisible Classroom: Relationships, Neuroscience and Mindfulness in School by Kirke Olson
Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance by Patricia Broderick 
Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens, and Families by Susan Kaiser Greenland
Mindful Learning by Craig Hassed and Richard Chambers 
The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School by Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson 
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel
The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens by Julie Tallard Johnson  

Books for Counselors/Therapists
ACT Made Simple by Russ Harris  
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy:  The Process and Practice of Mindful Change by Steven Hayes, Kirk Strosahl, and Kelly Wilson 
Living Well with Pain and Illness by Vidyamala Burch
Mindfulness for Health: a Practical Guide for Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress, and Restoring Wellbeing by Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch
Scared To Leave, Afraid To Stay: Paths From Family Violence To Safety and other books on domestic violence by Barry Goldstein
When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal from Domestic Abuse, and other books on domestic violence by Lundy Bancroft 

Self-Care and Personal Practice 
The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling
Just Sit: A Meditation Guidebook for People Who Know They Should But Don't by Sukey and Elizabeth Novogratz 
Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care by John C. Norcross and James D. Guy  
Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates  
The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion by Christopher Germer
Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives by David M. Levy 
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade Meng Tan 

Also, these are some favorite authors of books about mindfulness and meditation: 
Tara Brach 
Pema Chodron 
Thich Nhat Han

More Booklists for Teachers and Therapists
Books That Heal Kids, recommended by an elementary school counselor 
Four Must-Read Books for Professionals Working with Traumatized Youth, recommended by Dr. Sam Himelstein of the Center for Adolescent Studies 
Recommended Books here at, including mindfulness for kidsadolescents, and adults, as well as mindfulness and self-care for teachers and complementary practices and perspectives.

Do you have a favorite book about mindfulness, mindful teaching, complementary practices like yoga, or self-care for teachers and other serving professionals?  We'd really appreciate a comment letting us know about it.  This site has an international readership, and it's likely your colleagues in other parts of the world won't be familiar with all the same books.  


  1. "The Mindful School Leader" by Kirsten Olson and Valerie Brown. Good summer reading gift for educators to give to their administrators :)

    1. Thanks for that suggestion, Dzung; I've added it to the list... although I'd recommend being very diplomatic if giving it to one's boss. :-)

      For anyone who's not already familiar with Dr. Vo's work, he's the author of an excellent book on mindfulness for adolescents:

      I also really like his guided meditations at

    2. Dzung Vo,
      I teach at a High School in Ohio and use your Mindful Teen as a required reading book for both my students in my yoga classes (9 full sections) AND for my teachers that take my Mindfulness and Yoga in Education Graduate class. Thank you for such a wonderfully written book with such wonderful information. I just order the Mindful School Leader. Thank you for the suggestion.

    3. Missfitz, I wanted to let you know that I heard from Dr. Vo. He saw your lovely comment and very much appreciates it, but when he tried to respond it didn't go through. (I've been trying to figure out what's going on with a very frustrating comment glitch.) Thanks so much for your comment and your endorsement of his book!

  2. I use the Learning to Breathe curriculum by Patricia Broderick, and it has been phenomenal for my students.

    1. Thanks, Allison, I've added that to the list. And thanks for including the link to; there's some great information about emotion regulation vs. emotion suppression, as well as guidelines for choosing a mindfulness curriculum.