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The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence & Connect with Others. Irene McHenry & Carol Moog, $23.95

Teens with autism have the potential to be excellent actors. They are natural observers - able to study, imitate, and learn social behavior. The Autism Playbook for Teens is designed to bolster these strengths with mindfulness strategies and role-playing scripts, while also helping teens reduce anxiety, manage emotions, be more aware in the present moment, and connect with others.

This book offers a unique, strengths-based approach to help teens with autism spectrum (including Asperger's Syndrome) develop social skills, strengthen communication, and thrive. The activities contained in each chapter are custom-designed to work with the unique perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges that teens with autism bring to their encounters with the social world. The delightful and creative activities in this book are grounded in well-documented clinical observations and current empirical studies. They also take into account the real neurological differences that exist in young people with autism, and focuses on the unique pathways needed to connect with and inspire these exceptional and fabulous teenagers.

This is the only book available for teens with autism that specifically integrates mindfulness skills and imaginative scripted role-playing activities for building authentic social experiences.


Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens. Gina Siegel, $23.95

Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens offers 50 ways to be present in your life as it is actually taking place. These cards help you to be in the here and now with less thinking about the past or worrying about the future. You can use these daily mindfulness tools when you're feeling anxious, moody, angry, or just need to relax.


Eating Mindfully for Teens: a Workbook to Help You Make Healthy Choices, End Emotional Eating & Feel Great. Susan Albers, $22.95

Do you zone out while eating? Youíre not alone! Itís easy to polish off a bag of chips or a giant bowl of popcorn while marathon-streaming your favorite TV show. And while indulging here and there certainly wonít hurt you, mindless eating can become a harmful habit in the long run — leading to obesity, health problems, and negative body image. So, how can you start making healthier food choices?

The Eating Mindfully Workbook for Teens will show you how to deal with the day-to-day challenges of making healthy decisions about food. Instead of resorting to fad diets, youíll learn how to avoid overeating in the first place, be more aware of your body, and really enjoy meals — instead of just popping food in your mouth without thinking. Itís not easy to make smart food choices in our fast-paced, fast food culture. This workbook can help guide you, one bite at a time.

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Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: a Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life. Joseph Ciarrochi, Louise Hayes & Ann Bailey, $22.50

If you could only get past feelings of embarrassment, fear, self-criticism, and self-doubt, how would your life be different? You might take more chances and make more mistakes, but you’d also be able to live more freely and confidently than ever before.

GET OUT OF YOUR MIND AND INTO YOUR LIFE FOR TEENS is a workbook that provides you with essential skills for coping with the difficult and sometimes overwhelming emotions that stress you out and cause you pain. The emotions aren’t going anywhere, but you can find out how to deal with them. Once you do, you will become a mindful warrior — a strong person who handles tough emotions with grace and dignity—and gain many more friends and accomplishments along the way. You will: 

  • Use the power of mindfulness in everyday situations
  • Stop finding faults in yourself and start solving your problems
  • Be kinder to yourself so you feel confident and have a greater sense of self-worth 
  • Identify the values that will help you create the life of your dreams
  • Let go of anxiety and self-doubt
  • Recognize your strengths

Getting Over Overeating for Teens: a Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating. Andrea Wachter, $21.95

If you struggle with overeating, you are not alone. Studies show that millions of teens face problems with emotional eating, weight gain, and negative body image. However, these facts and figures do not include sneak eaters, overeaters who do not binge, and teens who overeat but manage their weight through excessive exercise. So, if you’re struggling with the habit of overeating, where can you turn?

Getting Over Overeating for Teens, written by an eating disorders specialist who struggled with her own issues as a teen, provides a wealth of tools to help you change your relationship with food. Using an integrated approach that includes mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and intuitive eating, this book will focus on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual factors that are essential to overcoming overeating. With the practical advice and powerful exercises in this book, you’ll come to a better understanding of your urge to overeat, and learn skills such as emotion regulation, assertive communication, moderate eating, and working with cravings. Most importantly, you’ll find better ways to fill up and be ready to apply what you’ve learned to living a healthier, happier life.


The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time. Dzung Vo, $24.95

Being a teen is stressful! Whether it's school, friends, or dating, the teen years are full of difficult changes-both mentally and physically. If you’re like many teens, you may have difficulty dealing with stress in effective ways. You aren't alone, and there are things you can do to stay calm, no matter how stressful life becomes. All you need to do is stop, breathe, and be mindful and aware in the present moment.

The Mindful Teen offers a unique program based in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) to help you deal with stress. The simple, practical, and easy-to-remember tips in this book can be used every day to help you handle any difficult situation more effectively — whether it's taking a test at school, having a disagreement with your parents, or a problem you are having with friends.

If you're ready to uncover your own inner strength and resilience through mindful awareness and take charge of your life, this book will show you how.

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The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress & Everything Else. Holly Rogers, $23.95

As a twenty-something, you may feel like you are being pulled in dozen different directions. With the daily tumult, busyness, and major life changes you experience as a young adult, you may also be particularly vulnerable to stress and its negative effects. Emerging adulthood, which occurs between the ages of 18 and 29, is a developmental stage of life when youíre faced with important decisions about school, relationships, sex, your career, and more. With so much going on, you need a guide to help you navigate with less stress and more ease.

The Koru Mindfulness program, developed at Duke University and already in use on numerous college campuses ó including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth, and several others ó and in treatment centers across the country, is the only evidence-based mindfulness training program for young adults that has been empirically proven to have significant benefits for sleep, perceived stress, and self-compassion. Now, with The Mindful Twenty-Something, this popular program is accessible to all young adults struggling with stress. With Koru Mindfulness and the practical tools youíll learn from this acceptance-based, proven-effective approach, youíll be able to cultivate the compassion and mindfulness skills you need to manage lifeís challenges from a calm, balanced center, regardless of what comes your way.


The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears & Worries Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Sheril Turrell, Christopher McCurry & Mary Bell, $23.95

Anxiety is what we feel when weíre scared about some future event that may or may not happen. When youíre struggling with anxiety your mind is trying to protect you from danger, so itís busy telling you about all the things you canít do. Along with these thoughts come a host of feelings and bodily sensations — such as sweaty palms, restlessness, light-headedness, and stomach aches. But itís not the anxious thoughts that make anxiety a problem. Itís the actions we take, or donít take, as a result of these thoughts.

In The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety, youíll find helpful alternatives to the ineffective strategies and habits youíre currently using to deal with anxiety, such as avoidance. Youíll find basic information about anxiety to help you recognize what it looks and feels like, mindfulness tips to help you stay in the moment when you feel worried about the future, and tips to help you connect with your own values so you can start putting the important things in life first.

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Mindfulness for Student Athletes: a Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress & Enhance Performance. Gina Biegel & Todd Corbin, $23.95 (ages 13-19)

Stay in the moment, stay in the game! With this fun and engaging workbook for young athletes, youíll find practical ways to cope with stress and improve your performance, no matter what sport you play.

If youíre like many other high school or college students, you probably feel pressure to perform at a high level — both in the classroom and on the field. Unfortunately, this pressure can cause lots of stress and anxiety. To make matters worse, you may find it difficult to effectively manage all of these demands on your time, energy, and health. This is where mindfulness can help.

Mindfulness allows you to stay present, focus, and be calm with your thoughts and emotions, no matter how stressful life gets. In Mindfulness for Student Athletes, youíll find practical and tactical ways to cope with stress and anxiety in the moment, prevent stress in the future, and experience more satisfaction and enjoyment while playing sports. Youíll also find proven-effective tools to naturally enhance your performance. The mindfulness skills outlined in this workbook will not only help you on the field — but in life as well. Youíll be able to take what youíve learned and apply it to any situation, from job interviews to scoring a touchdown. What a gift to have!


Mindfulness for Teen Anger: a Workbook to Overcome Anger & Aggression Using MBSR & DBT Skills. Mark Purcell & Jason Murphy, $24.95

Do you ever feel so frustrated with school, friends, parents, and life in general that you lose control of your emotions and lash out? You shouldn't feel ashamed. Being a teen in today's world is hard, but it's even harder when you're unable to keep your cool in stressful situations. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make positive changes in your life.

Using proven effective mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Mindfulness for Teen Anger will teach you the difference between healthy and unhealthy forms of anger. Inside, you'll learn how to make better choices, how to stop overreacting, find emotional balance, and be more aware of your thoughts and feelings in the moment. You'll also learn skills for building positive relationships with peers, friends, and family.

As a teen, the relationship skills you learn now can help you thrive in the future. With a little help, and by cultivating compassion and understanding for yourself and others, you will be able to transform your fear and anger into confidence and kindness.

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Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: a Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else. Christopher Willard, $23.95

Being a teen is hard enough without anxiety getting in the way. You are changing more than ever before, not just physically, but mentally. And if you suffer from panic attacks, chronic worry, and feelings of isolation, it can be very difficult to meet your goals and succeed. The good news is that there are real, powerful ways that you can take control of your anxiety-and your life!

In Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard offers teens like you proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help you cope with your anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel more calm at home, at school, and with friends.

You'll learn tips for dealing with specific situations that cause anxiety, such as public speaking, social anxiety, test anxiety, and more. You'll also learn special breathing exercises to help calm you in moments of panic, and guided visualization exercises to help you stay cool and collected, even in the tensest situations. If you are ready to move past your anxiety, panic, and worry and start living the life you were meant to live, this book will be your guide-every step of the way.


Mindfulness for Teen Depression: a Workbook for Improving Your Mood. Mitch Abblett & Christopher Willard, $23.95

If you’re a teen with depression, you may often feel sad, lonely, and unmotivated. And it can be especially difficult to do well in school, make friends, and take those important steps toward adulthood. But it’s important for you to know that your depression is not your fault, and that it doesn’t have to define you. Most importantly, there are steps you can take to feel better. With this powerful workbook, you’ll learn effective skills based in mindfulness and positive psychology to help you manage difficult emotions, gain distance from negative thoughts, and enhance your awareness of the present moment. You’ll also discover tons of activities and exercises — such as mindful meditations, walking, yoga, healthy eating and sleeping tips, and more — to help you care for your body as well as your mind. Depression can make it seem like you're viewing the world through dark or distorted glasses. When you're depressed, it’s even hard to see yourself clearly. This book will empower you to feel better, more energized, and start reaching for your goals — one step at a time.


Mindfulness for Teen Worry: Quick & Easy Strategies to Let Go of Anxiety, Worry & Stress. Jeffrey Bernstein, $23.95

Is your worrying keeping you from reaching your goals? In Mindfulness for Teen Worry, a clinical psychologist offers quick, easy-to-learn mindfulness skills teens can use anytime, anywhere to stop worries from growing and taking over.

Mindfulness for Teen Worry will show you how living in the moment will dissolve worry and help you stay grounded in the here and now. Youíll learn powerful and easy-to-use mindfulness skills to manage the four most common worry struggles teens face: school pressure, coping with friendship and relationship problems, improving body image, and handling family conflicts. Youíll discover why you worry and the long-term destructive impacts worry can have on your life. And most importantly, youíll be introduced to simple, effective techniques to help you become more mindful — like harnessing the power of the breath and how to relax your body in times of stress.

If you struggle with worry or anxiety that gets in the way of being your best, this fun and friendly guide will help you maintain a mindful life in a frenzied world.

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My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back On Track. Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher & Phoebe McEwen, $25.95

Helping young people with anxiety learn to recognise and manage their symptoms, this anxiety survival guide teaches 12 to 18 year olds how they can overcome their biggest worries.

Showing that anxiety is a normal human emotion that many people face, this book helps young people understand the ins and outs of their own anxiety and helps them to challenge the difficult patterns they may get into. Co-written with a college student who has experienced anxiety herself, it is a relatable and straightforward guide. As well as providing tried-and-tested advice and exercises that are proven to reduce feelings of anxiety, it includes recovery stories from young people who have managed their symptoms successfully.

With practical chapters on sleep, exam stress, transitions, and seeking extra help, this is a go-to guide for any tween, teen or young person living with anxiety.


The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness & Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism & Embrace Who You Are. Karen Bluth, $23.95

As a teen, you’re going through major changes — both physically and mentally. These changes can have a dramatic effect on how you perceive, understand, and interpret the world around you, leaving you feeling stressed and anxious. Additionally, you may also find yourself comparing yourself to others — whether it's friends, classmates, or celebrities and models. And all of this comparison can leave you feeling like you just aren’t enough. So, how can you move past feelings of stress and insecurity and start living the life you really want?

Written by psychologist Karen Bluth and based on practices adapted from Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion program, this workbook offers fun and tactile exercises grounded in mindfulness and self-compassion to help you cope more effectively with the ongoing challenges of day-to-day life. You’ll learn how to be present with difficult emotions, and respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care. By practicing these activities and meditations, you’ll learn specific tools to help you navigate the emotional ups and downs of the teen years with greater ease.

Life is imperfect — and so are we. But if you’re ready to move past self-criticism and self-judgment and embrace your unique self, this compassionate guide will light the way.


A Still Quiet Place for Teens: a Mindfulness Workbook to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions. Amy Saltzman, $23.95

If you’re a teen, you’re probably experiencing stress. And is it any wonder? You’re juggling schoolwork, friendships, and countless other activities. You get endless messages every day — texts from your friends, advice from your family and teachers, images from television, social media, and advertising about who you could and should be. Sometimes you just need a place to unwind and be yourself!

A Still Quiet Place for Teens can be that place. It is a place of peace and calm within. In this workbook, mindfulness expert Amy Saltzman offers a comprehensive program to help you manage daily stressors and challenges in your life, whether at home, in school, or with friends. Using proven-effective mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques, this book will help you be fully present in the moment, cultivate kindness and curiosity toward yourself and others, and find constructive ways of dealing with the pressures of being a teen. This book will help you find a quiet place inside yourself that you can go back to again and again, no matter how overwhelming life gets.

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The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress, 2nd Edition. Gina Biegel, $23.95

The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens is a collection of simple workbook activities that will teach you to reduce your worries using a technique called mindfulness. Mindfulness is a way to be aware of your thoughts and feelings in the present moment. You can use mindfulness when you start to feel as though things are spinning out of control, so you can stop worrying about what might happen and focus instead on what’s happening now. If you’re like many people, you find it easy to look at your negative qualities or feel there is no way to fix your problems or stress. This book is about building on the resources, skills, and positive qualities that you might not even realize you have. It is a way to move from “I'm powerless” thinking to “I can do it!” thinking.


Stuff That Sucks: a Teen's Guide to Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can. Ben Sedley, $17.95

If you struggle with negative thoughts and emotions, you should know that your pain is real. No one should try to diminish it. Sometimes stuff really does suck and we have to acknowledge it. Worry, sadness, loneliness, anger, and shame are big and important, but they can also get in the way of what really matters. What if, instead of fighting your pain, you realized what really matters to you — and put those things first in life? If you did that, maybe your pain wouldnít feel so big anymore. Isnít it worth a try?

Stuff That Sucks offers a compassionate and validating guide to accepting emotions, rather than struggling against them. With this book as your guide, youíll learn to prioritize your thoughts, feelings, and values. Youíll figure out what you care about the most, and then start caring some more! The skills youíll learn are based on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Yes, there are a few written exercises, but this isnít a workbook. Itís a journey into the stuff that sucks, what makes that sucky stuff suck even more, and how just a few moments each day with the stuff that matters will ultimately transform the stuff that sucks into stuff that is just stuff. Make sense?

Maybe you want to be more creative? Or maybe you simply want to do better in school or be a better friend? This book will show you how to focus on what you really care about, so that all that other sucky stuff doesnít seem so, well, sucky anymore.

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This Moment is Your Life (and So Is This One): a Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga. Mariam Gates, $24.99 (ages 11-15)

Don't just do something, be here.

The key to happiness is being able to find comfort in this moment, here and now. When you are completely present and not distracted by regrets, worries, and plans, even for a little while, you begin to feel more confident and can deal more easily with everything you experience. This is mindfulness: paying attention to this very moment, on purpose and without judgment — simply being present with curiosity.

This engaging guide, packed with simple exercises and endearing full-color artwork, provides a handy starting point for bringing mindfulness into your daily life. Chapters on meditation, yoga, and mindful breathing explain the benefits of these practices, and you are free to pick and choose what to try. There are quick exercises throughout, and a more extensive tool kit at the end of each chapter. The final chapter offers satisfying five-day challenges that map out ways to pull all of the book's mindfulness techniques together in your day-to-day life. This book will be your trusted companion as you begin the valuable, stress-relieving work of being still with skill.


Yoga & Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck. Jennifer Cohen Harper, Argos Gonzalez & Mayuri Gonzalez, illustrated by Karen Gilmour, $28.95

Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck offers over 50 practices to help teens become stronger, more flexible, get better rest, manage anxiety and learn to navigate stressful situations without becoming overwhelmed. Beautifully illustrated by Karen Gilmour, coupled with easy-to-read and easy-to-implement instructions.

Divided into five elements, Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus and Relax, along with partner and group practices, this card deck is a comprehensive yet accessible tool kit for teens themselves, as well as for parents, teachers, clinicians, coaches and others interested in helping support self-awareness and increased personal power in young people. Activities and practice sequences include:

  • Self-compassion practice
  • Mindful tech exploration
  • Power poses
  • Grounding in the present
  • Releasing nervous energy
  • Mindful listening
  • Back to back breathing
  • Gratitude practice

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Complete Booklist

Resources for Teens

The Autism Playbook for Teens: Imagination-based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence & Connect with Others. Irene McHenry & Carol Moog, $23.95

Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens. Gina Siegel, $23.95

Eating Mindfully for Teens: a Workbook to Help You Make Healthy Choices, End Emotional Eating & Feel Great. Susan Albers, $22.95

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for Teens: a Guide to Living an Extraordinary Life. Joseph Ciarrochi, Louise Hayes & Ann Bailey, $22.50

Getting Over Overeating for Teens: a Workbook to Transform Your Relationship with Food Using CBT, Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating. Andrea Wachter, $21.95

The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time. Dzung Vo, $24.95

The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life Skills to Handle Stress & Everything Else. Holly Rogers, $23.95

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Teen Anxiety: Activities to Help You Overcome Fears & Worries Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Sheril Turrell, Christopher McCurry & Mary Bell, $23.95

Mindfulness for Student Athletes: a Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress & Enhance Performance. Gina Biegel & Todd Corbin, $23.95 (ages 13-19)

Mindfulness for Teen Anger: a Workbook to Overcome Anger & Aggression Using MBSR & DBT Skills. Mark Purcell & Jason Murphy, $22.95

Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: a Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else. Christopher Willard, $23.95

Mindfulness for Teen Depression: a Workbook for Improving Your Mood. Mitch Abblett & Christopher Willard, $23.95

Mindfulness for Teen Worry: Quick & Easy Strategies to Let Go of Anxiety, Worry & Stress. Jeffrey Bernstein, $23.95

My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back On Track. Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher & Phoebe McEwen, $25.95

The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness & Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism & Embrace Who You Are. Karen Bluth, $23.95

A Still Quiet Place for Teens: a Mindfulness Workbook to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions. Amy Saltzman, $23.95

The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness Skills to Help You Deal with Stress, 2nd Edition. Gina Biegel, $23.95

Stuff That Sucks: a Teen's Guide to Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can. Ben Sedley, $17.95

This Moment is Your Life (and So Is This One): a Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga. Mariam Gates, $24.99 (ages 11-15)

Yoga & Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck. Jennifer Cohen Harper, Argos Gonzalez & Mayuri Gonzalez, illustrated by Karen Gilmour, $28.95

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