Six New Buddhist Books
for Children

By Instilling Goodness Books

Six New Buddhist Books for Children

Instilling Goodness Books (IGB) offers beautifully illustrated and simply told stories taken from sacred Buddhist literature, delighting young readers, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist. The books contain lessons that nurture positive qualities such compassion, loving-kindness, generosity, courage, gratitude to parents, the joys of good friendship, kindness to animals and respect for the earth. 

The growing collection includes a series that touches on the wisdom, compassion, and kindness of the Bodhisattvas, introducing children to the concept of enlightenment in their daily lives. The exquisite drawings and stunning colors with flowing language make these books ones that will be cherished by both children and adults alike.  Here are six new buddhist books for you and your child to explore.

Guan Yin, the Buddha’s Helper

Guan Yin is one of the most venerated Bodhisattvas in the Buddhist tradition. As the Bodhisattva of great compassion and kindness, she holds a special place in the hearts of people of all faiths. In this delightful book, children are introduced to the concept of calling upon Guan Yin when they need help—when they are sick, afraid, lonely, lose someone they love or are having trouble with a friend.

Retold from The Dharma Flower Sutra
For ages 6-10

Snow-Covered Peaks: What Are
Bodhisattvas Like?

This inspiring book connects young readers with the most significant values of the Bodhisattvas, such as giving, kindness and courage. Young readers will meet a different Bodhisattva on each page, each with a special quality that helps them to act in miraculous ways. The book ends with a message on how children can bring peace and happiness into the world by emulating the Bodhisattvas.

Retold from The Land of Bliss
For ages 6-10

Kindness for Animals &
Respect for the Earth series

This series is a retelling of traditional Buddhist Jataka tales, each recounting a different past life of the Buddha, as an animal. The stories inspire children to make a life-long commitment to caring for the planet and being kind to animals.

Come Back, O Tiger!

Retold by Bhikshuni Jin Rou
Iillustrated by Christy Whitworth

This book introduces the interdependency of all beings.
“Look at the mess that tiger’s making,” said the foolish tree spirit. “The air is no longer fresh and clean. I’m getting rid of that beast!”“Please don’t!” cried the wise tree spirit. “The life of the forest depends on the tiger.”

Rich illustrations breathe life into the retelling of this Jataka tale, in which the Buddha appears as a wise tree spirit to teach that every being is a living part of the earth and has it place in nature. Included are activities to help children connect with nature and lessen their carbon imprint.
For ages 5-8

The Giant Turtle

Retold by Bhikshuni Jin Rou
Illustrated by Candie

One day a child wandered on a mountain, picking wild flowers. She didn’t know she was walking on a giant turtle’s back. The turtle had slept for so long that he looked like a mountain. People built houses, made fires and planted crops on his back.

Awakened by the pain of the fires burning his shell, the turtle began to crawl back to the sea, but when he saw people living on his back, he changed his mind. Learn how the turtle solved the problem and save the lives of the people and himself.

For ages 5-8

The Golden Feather

Retold by Bhikshuni Jin Rou
Illustrated by Komarudun

In this beloved tale, the Buddha appears as a kind father who dies and is reborn as a golden goose. Seeing his ragged children gathering firewood, each day he gives them a golden feather to sell for their livelihood. When the mother sees the golden feathers, she becomes greedy. Find out how the golden goose teaches the mother to turn greed into generosity and goodwill.

A parent and teacher guide is included with “kindness to animal” activities and instructions for a shadow puppet play.
A coloring and activity book
For ages 5-8

No Words: Teachings of the Buddha

A collection of Jataka tales and other stories about the Buddha

One of the wonderful ways the Buddha taught was by his own actions. For this reason, his teachings are often called “no words.” In this collection of stories, with bold bright colors, the Buddha shows how to develop good character through wisdom, kindness, and patience, included are The Deer King, The Wounded Swan and The Kind Elephant Calf.

For ages 5-8


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