Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath

Citation: Bersma, D., Visscher, M., & more, & 0. (2003). Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House. Yoga Games

Ages: 3-12

Grade: 1 and up

Description: Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements, and Breath is a resource for librarians, parents, and educators that provides 16 complete lessons for children about different yoga concepts. The games are broken into different focus areas such as breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. Within these areas are lessons with different themes, from spring, to snow, to animals, to birthday parties. Individual lessons are also coded for the appropriate age group.

Use:  Children’s librarians and library staff can use Yoga Games as a resource as they plan storytimes and other programs. Themed lessons can be incorporated into a variety of storytimes for different ages, and the themes allow for them to be used in conjunction with other books and activities on the same theme, for the creation of a fully active storytime or children’s program.  

Review Sources: none. 

Tags: yoga, educator resource, differently-abled

The Yoga Game

Citation: Beliveau, K., & Zaman, F. (2012). The Yoga Game. [Vancouver]: Simply Read Books. The Yoga Game

Age: 0-8

Grade: PreK – 2nd

Description: In The Yoga Game, Beliveau uses riddles to teach children the yoga concepts of balance, breath, and focus. The book uses rhymes, as well as the riddles to take children through a whole yoga practice.

Use: The Yoga Game provides librarians with a unique way to engage students while encouraging them to be active, and teaching them different yoga concepts. The book would be idea for a early school-age program that introduces yoga to children. The text could also be used for encouraging less active students to be active in a fun and engaging way.

Review Sources: none

Search Terms: yoga, riddles, guessing games

My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids

Citation: Baptiste, B., & Fatus, S. (2004). My daddy is a pretzel: yoga for parents and kids. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books. My Daddy is a Pretzel

Age: 4- 10

Grade: PreK – 3

Description: In this book, Baptiste introduces nine yoga poses within the context of children talking about their parents’ professions during class. As different children share their parents’ professions, such as gardener or vet, one child, whose father is a yoga instructor, describes corresponding yoga poses. Each yoga pose is broken into several steps with illustrations and instructions, as well as an explanation of the purpose behind the pose.

Use: My daddy is a pretzel is an ideal resource for teaching younger-grade children beginning yoga poses and movements, as well as the philosophy of the practice, all within an interesting fictional concept. The book would be well used in a smaller library program for K-3rd graders, where the children knew specifically that they were coming to the library for a yoga program. It could also be used in a beginner’s yoga for children, by incorporating a literacy component.

Review Sources:

Publisher’s Weekly. (2010). My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. [Review of the book My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids]. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-84148-151-7

Burner, Joyce Adams. (2005). My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. [Review of the book My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. School Library Journal 51(1):85. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=51&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=135767&db=neh

Engberg, Gillian. (2004). My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. [Review of My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids].  BookList. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=51&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=135767&db=neh

TagsL : diversity, parents and children, yoga, occupations

Dancing in My Bones

Citation: Andrews, Sylvia. (2001). Dancing in My Bones. [New York]: HarperFestival. Dancing in My Bones

Ages:  0-8

Grade Level: Babies and Toddlers/Preschool

Description:  This is the story of a young girl with dancing in her bones! The book follows her and company of friends as they hip-hop, tip-top, and be-bop through a park.  The book is written in first person, which will encourage students to dance along! The book includes a note at the end of the book suggesting ways to incorporate students into the activity of the text.

Use: The first person narration as well as the active, rhyming text make this book ideal for use in programming with toddlers and preschoolers. Children can move along with the text of the book as it is read.

Review Sources:

Bair, Janet M. (2001). Dancing in my bones. [Review of the book Dancing in My Bones]. School Library Journal 47(12):88. Retrieved from:http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=49&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=116844&db=neh,

Segal, Marta (2001). Dancing in my bones. [Review of the book Dancing in My Bones]. Booklist. Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=49&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=116844&db=neh

Kirkus Reviews. (2010). Dancing in my bones. [Review of the book Dancing in My Bones}. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/sylvia-andrews/dancing-in-my-bones/

Tags: Diversity,  differently-abled, dancing, children, outside

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Title: Giles, Andreae & Parker-Rees, G. (2001). Giraffes Can’t Dance. New York: Orchard Books. Giraffes

Age: 3-6

Grade Level: Babies and Toddlers

Description: Giraffes Can’t Dance is the story of Gerald the giraffe. Every year, all of the other Animals in Africa gather for the Jungle Dance, where they prance and dance to the beat of the music.  Gerald is too clumsy to dance with all of the animals at the Jungle Dance, until he finds his own beat and rhythm.

Use: With bold watercolor images and rhyming text, Giraffes Can’t Dance is a great resource for use in a young child or toddler storytime. Librarians can invite children to dance along with Gerald, or after the story has concluded, in order to incorporate physical activity into the program.

Review Sources:

Publisher’s Weekly (n.d). Giraffes Can’t Dance. [Review of the book Giraffes Can’t Dance]. Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/9780439287197

Kirkus Reviews (2010). Giraffes Can’t Dance. [Review of the book Giraffes Can’t Dance]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/giles-andreae/giraffes-cant-dance/

Tags: animals, dance, giraffes

Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle!

Title: Altman, R. (2000). Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle! New York: Scholastic. Jump, Wiggle, Twirl and Giggle

Ages: 2 -7

Grades: Prek-1

Description: Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle is an educator resource that provides twenty-five movement activities that teach early concepts and themes to young children. The resource emphasizes how movement can empower children’s learning and development, and focuses on concepts like: math, language arts, social studies, and science. Each concept has five movement lessons include.

Use: Jump, Wiggle, Twirl & Giggle is a resource that can help librarians bring movement into storytimes, while teaching and enforcing different themes or concepts. The activities in the can be integrated into common storytime topics and themes. For example: the A Snail’s Story lesson plan can be added into  a program for children on fairytales and folklore. Lessons can also be adapted for the age of the children in the program.

Review Journals: none

Tags: classroom movement, educator resource

Can You Peck Like a Hen?

Title: Alborough, J. (1996). Can You Peck Like a Hen? Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. Can You Peck Like a Hen

Ages: 2-4 years

Grade Level: 0- PreK

Description: Similarly to Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?, Can You Peck Like a Hen? invites young children to move along with various animals through a series of questions and large, bright-colored animal images.  Can You Peck Like a Hen? is a lift-the-flap story that is sure to engage students.

Use: With the large images and lift-the-flap style story, Can You Peck Like a Hen? is a useful book for a toddler or baby storytime. The interaction in the text and question format invite participants to move along with the animals.

Review Sources: none found

Tags: lift the flap, animals, animal movements

Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?

Title: Alborough, J. (1996a). Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo? Cambridge, MA: Candlewick Press. Can You Jump Like Kangaroo

Ages: 2-4 years

Grade Level: 0-PreK

Description: Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo? is a pop-up book that depicts simple animal movements. In addition to showing the movements, the book asks children if they can join in and do the movements along with the animals.

Use: The simple text and bright pop up images make this book useful for toddler storytime programs.  The question format invites participants to join in, and children can watch the pop-up animals and then mimic their motions.

Review Sources: Kirkus Reviews(n.d). Can you jump like a kangaroo? [Review of the book Can You Jump Like a Kangaroo?]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jez-alborough-5/can-you-jump-like-a-kangaroo-2/

Tags: kangaroo, pop-up book, animal movements

Peaceful Piggy Yoga

Title:MacLean, Kerr.  (2008). Peaceful Piggy Yoga. Morton Grove, Ill: Albert Whitman & Company. Peaceful Piggy Yoga

Ages: 0-8

Grade Level: 1-2

Description:  Peaceful Piggy Yoga is a brightly illustrated guide to yoga for children. The book includes step by step instructions on how to do each pose, as well as images to demonstrate.

Use: Peaceful Piggy Yoga can be used to provide children with an introduction to basic yoga poses.  It is ideal for small group family storytimes, where librarians can interact directly with children and caregivers. Caregivers can participate in the poses, and also help to make sure their child does the pose properly and safely

Review Sources:  none. 

Tags: Yoga for children, hatha yoga, pigs, family storytime