Author of award-winning children’s books, “Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones),” “Still There? (A Little Zen for Little Ones),” and “Remember the Stars (A Little Zen for Little Ones),” Sanjay Nambiar offers his picks for parents looking for more children’s books offering spiritual lessons.
Here are the 5 books:
“The Gift of Nothing,” by Patrick McDonnell — Even though the holidays have passed, this story about gift-giving is wonderful any time of year.
“The Empty Pot,” by Demi –– This is about a simple boy with a green thumb who tries to win the emperor’s flower growing contest. It illustrates the importance of humility, honesty and hard work.
“Chrysanthemum,” by Kevin Henkes
Henkes is a master storyteller and artist. In this book, he emphasizes the importance of acceptance and kindness, all through the context of an adorable mouse’s name.
“Flotsam,” by David Wiesner – Though this book has no words it creates a magical world and a compelling story about the journey of a special camera and the kids who discover it.
“It’s Okay To Be Different,” by Todd Parr – This book is about tolerance and diversity, illustrated with fun, multi-colored drawings.
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“Remember the Stars (A Little Zen for Little Ones)” is a new children’s book about a wise boy who receives a lot of love, along with a lot of worry, from his parents. They worry about his health, his happiness and just about everything else. But the little boy is smart, and asks his parents to consider focusing on the present moment instead of worrying about the future. This message touches upon core Zen concepts of being present and not letting our worries disconnect us from what is truly important.
“This third title in the A Little Zen for Little Ones series holds a special place in my heart,” said author Sanjay Nambiar. “We are so busy and preoccupied in our modern culture. This book imparts a little wisdom as to what is most important, namely the time we spend together.”
“Remember the Stars (A Little Zen for Little Ones)” is the third title in the award-winning A Little Zen for Little Ones trilogy. The first title in the series, “Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones),” won a Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medal and a Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal and received broad critical acclaim, while the second title, “Still There? (A Little Zen for Little Ones),” also won a Mom’s Choice Awards Silver Medal.
Read our review of the second book in the series “Still There.”
Following the award-winning release of the children’s book, “Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones),” author Sanjay Nambiar’s second book in the series, “Still There? (A Little Zen for Little Ones)” is now available.
“Still There? (A Little Zen for Little Ones)” reinterprets a Zen story of a wise boy who helps a girl even though she isn’t very nice to him. While his friend becomes upset about the situation, the wise boy simply lets it go and moves on to playing again. The story captures Zen concepts such as being in the present moment, doing something nice without expecting anything in return, letting go of an unpleasant experience, and not lingering on negative thoughts.
“I am very excited for this next book in the A Little Zen for Little Ones series,” said Nambiar. “I hope these stories can spark interesting discussions between parents and children. After all, if we can introduce kids to beautiful Zen concepts at an early age, we’ll all be better off for it.”
The next title in the series, “Remember the Stars (A Little Zen for Little Ones)” will be released in November 2012.