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!
The following books are all 'mindful teacher-tested' by educators and counselors who've used them personally or with their students and clients.
Recommended Books from Teachers and Counselors
Titles link to Amazon just for your convenience; I don't have an affiliate account, so there's no financial benefit to me or MindfulTeachers.org if you buy books through links from this site.
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
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
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
Leaving It at the Office: A Guide to Psychotherapist Self-Care by John C. Norcross and James D. Guy
Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives by David M. Levy
Also, these are some favorite authors of books about mindfulness and meditation:
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 MindfulTeachers.org, including mindfulness for kids, adolescents, 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.
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