Here one of my favorite books! I came across this fantastic book of short tales of kindness when I was searching for a way to teach my two boys (ages 6 and 8 at the time) about compassion. It took me a while to find just the right book and here it is!
The Buddha’s Apprentice at Bedtime has 18 magical stories that really speak to children’s senses with such descriptive settings and characters. The book begins with a few short sections for the adult reader explaining about the principles of Buddhism, meditation, and storytelling.
I like how each story begins with “Relax, close your eyes and imagine…” It helps bring the child into the space of listening and truly taking in the meaning of the story. Each one also has a small morale that encourages discussion. This is the one from my son’s favorite story Tim and Grandpa Joe “It’s easy to blow problems out of proportion when we only focus on our feelings. When we take care of others, as well as ourselves, everyone benefits and problems become opportunities.”
At the end of the book it provides you with some simple guided meditations. This can be a fun introduction to intentionally pausing during your busy day and spending and relaxing with your child.