We read stories to the kids every night before bed. No matter how late it is, we always try to stick to this ritual. Reading is so amazing because it helps the kids expand their creativity. Instead of just sitting there idly watching TV, they are able to illustrate the words they hear you say into visions in their heads. It’s such a sacred and special time. We love reading them silly stories, fairytales, superhero tales, books in Hebrew, and everything in between. However, it’s important to take advantage of this precious time where you have their full and undivided attention. I use this as an opportunity to expose them to stories and tales that will teach them valuable lessons and encourage and inspire them to be good people. There are so many great ones out there, but here are my top six:
- I Am Yoga by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
We love this book because it's not just about yoga; it's about being a good human being. To me, yoga is so so so much more than just the physical practice. It's about the type of person you are off the mat: how you treat yourself, love yourself, and respect yourself and everyone around you. I Am Yoga introduces this idea in a really approachable way for kids.
- Unstoppable Me!: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
All of Dr. Wayne Dyer's books are absolutely heartwarming, you can't go wrong with any of them! They are inspiring, deeply kind, and have beautiful lessons.
- Buddhist Animal Wisdom Stories by Mark W. McGinnis
This one is a bit more advanced. For Leo and Kai, who are 4 and 6, they are now able to grasp the stories and the lessons within. I like that they are very short stories but hold a LOT of depth and layers to each moral. All of the stories are about animals, so it makes it easier for little people to love and understand.
- One Love by Cedella Marley (Author), Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)(Based on the song by Bob Marley)
This is a sweet, loving, simple book for little ones. It’s so fun to read this and then play the “One Love” song by Bob Marley afterwards and have a dance party!
- Little Gurus: A Yoga Discovery Book by Olaf Hajek
This is one of the very first yoga books I got when Kai was very little. It's a great book because you can just open it up to any page or let a little one point to any of the poses and then copy it. It has beautiful illustrations and a beautiful flow.
- Hello Sacred Life by Kim Krans
We love the illustrations by this author and illustrator who is also a tarot card creator. This is a short, hardback book that's beautiful for babies to hold and read and also great for bigger kids to appreciate. It’s a beautiful piece of art and our adult guests often admire it sitting on the coffee table too!
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