Summer Reading List


This is a list of mostly newly released books, perfect for mamas who are into self-help, eating healthy, making art and conscious parenting.

Now that school is in back in session, no better time than to finally get around to posting my summer reading list post, ha! This list below is actually a list of books I have read from Jan 2015 to the end of the summer. They were all so great that I had to share. Some are kids books that my daughter loves.


See Inside Your Body

*Super awesome kids book about bones, blood, muscles and how our bodies work. My daughter is obsessed with this book!

Color Recipes for Furniture and More

*I am still really into painting furniture with Annie Sloan paint and this is a book with recipes for paint combos and different techniques. Great resource.

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain

*A book we borrowed from my daughter’s OT. All about how our brains are plastic and what part of the brain controls what functions. Super interesting. P.S. She goes to OT to help rewire her brain and help her function better at home and school.

Lauren’s Kingdom

*Amazing book to help prevent sexual abuse. 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused by age 18. We have got to protect our child better and Lauren’s Kids Foundation is leading the way.

Pretty Prudent Home

*Gosh, I love the Pretty Prudent mamas so much.  They have inspired me so much over the years. And their book does not disappoint. If you are a crafty mama or aspire to be a more crafty mama, this is a must have book.

The Grain-Free Family Table

*This book from Carrie, from Deliciously Organic, is ah-mazing. Her recipes are perfection.


*I read this book in preparation for my speaking gig in Salt Lake City earlier this year. It was really helpful. It would be helpful for people who not only speak at conference, but who have to give presentations at work and I think all teachers should read it too. The best way to teach, in my humble opinion, is be being able to be a good storyteller.

Drawing with Children

*This book has shaped me dramatically in how I work with my daughter at home and how I teach kids in my PK classroom. I have always done supplemental school work with her during her preschool years, teaching her as much as I could at home. Once I read this book, I started adding in drawing lessons. If you teach your preschooler to draw, you are actually helping them to read and write! It’s a great, alternate pathway to teaching reading and writing for kids with learning disabilities and special needs. Can’t recommend it enough.

Journeys in Healing

*Anyone interested in learning more about Mayan Massage and how it can help with any and all female health issues, this would be an interesting read. It’s really for health practitioners to help in their private practice, but others who are interested in health may find it interesting too.

Celia and Cedric, Read and Bake Children’s Book Series

*I am honestly not a super big fan of these books, they are really long for a bedtime book and I don’t agree with some of the ingredients she uses in her recipes. However, I love the idea of a children’s book that inspires kids and parents to be in the kitchen together making healthy food. And my daughter really loves to read these books.

The Conscious Parent

*Holy moly, if there is one book that I wish I had read before I became a parent, this is it. It’s concepts are not new to me, it’s all things I have read before BUT she describes it so clearly, it’s genius. This book has helped me integrate ideas deeply, because she is able to articulate the ideas so effortlessly.

For My Children

This is a book written by Dionna, from Code Name Mama. I got this book years ago, but really was able to dive in and read it this year. Such a beautiful journal if you want to write to your children and give it to them one day.

A Return to Love

*This is another Holy Moly, I wish I had read this sooner kind of book. Again, no new concepts for me, but she writes in such a clear manner that the information and ideas really sink in deep. If you like Gabrielle Bernstein and A Course in Miracles, Marianne is the original.

Everyday Grain-Free Baking

*Love this cookbook! Such a nice supplement to my own grain-free baking cookbook. I love making new things from this cookbook, it is such a comprehensive and complete resource for mamas who are moving past the beginner stage.

Sitting Still Like a Frog

*Super cute book about how to teach kids meditation. I am teaching yoga twice a month now, to 30 plus 3 year old kids, at the school I teach at and I wanted to freshen up with some recent releases. Love this book!
A Handful of Quiet

*Same as above, this one is great too.

If you have read any of these, let me know in the comment section, would love to hear your thoughts!

Reading list for mamas who love self-help, eating healthy, making art and conscious parenting.

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  • Krista
    August 31, 2015 at 6:28 AM

    Hi Stephanie,
    I read Handful of Quiet last year, and am reading Sitting Still Like a Frog this year. I love both of those books! I used Handful of Quiet quite a lot last year when I led my class of second and third graders through meditations. I’m using Sitting Still…to add to my mindfulness activities this year for myself and my class.

    • Stephanie
      September 1, 2015 at 6:05 AM


  • sarah
    August 31, 2015 at 9:51 AM

    I haven’t read any of those, but I just book-marked several of them to add to my “to be read” pile! They look great. I’m currently reading Conscious Discipline, and also checked out several books by Jack Kornfield on meditation and mindfulness from the library to ready next, and have recently finished Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup– which I loved.

    • Stephanie
      September 1, 2015 at 6:04 AM

      I love Conscious Discipline! Those others sound great, thanks for sharing! I am totally adding Living Well Spending Less to my Amazon wish list, thanks!