Yoga for Teens

Citation: Schenk, S. (2016). Yoga for Teens. Twin Lakes, Wisconsin: Lotus Press.

Ages: 13 – 17

Grades: 8 – 12

Description: Yoga for Teens is a great resource for intermediate and high school-aged teens to learn different yoga exercises, meditation techniques, and breathing exercises. Each chapter in the book focuses ways yoga may be used to cope with an emotion that teens may face in their daily lives. The author includes anecdotes from her life during her teenage years to help relate to readers. 

Uses: Yoga for Teens can be used with teenagers in library programs to introduce teens to yoga and meditation concepts and poses. The book can also be included in a book display for teens promoting mental health coping strategies and exercise.  

Review Sources: None found

Tags: yoga, meditation, differently-abled

Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More

Citation: Chopra, Mallika. (2018). Just breathe: meditation, mindfulness, movement, and more. Philadelphia: RP Kids.

Ages: 8-12

Grades: 3 – 7

Description: Just Breathe is a great guide for young adults to use for meditation, yoga, movement, and other mindfulness exercises. This book is full of exercises for beginners and more experienced youth looking for advice on managing stress, building self-confidence, and reducing anxiety.   The images reflect the movements described in the text.

Uses:  Chopra’s text could be used by teachers, and librarians during a young adult program. The book can be read aloud, while readers try some of the exercises described and demonstrated through out the book. This text would also be useful in a program with parents/guardians and their children, where they can do the exercises and movements together.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: exercise, yoga, meditation, diversity, differently-abled

Baby Danced the Polka

Citation: Beaumont, K. (2004). Baby Danced the Polka. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.

Ages: 2-5

Grades: PreK

Description: This ALA Notable Children’s Book features one un-sleepy baby who wants to skip nap time to dance with animals at the farm. 

Uses: Baby Danced the Polka could be used for a baby or toddler storytime, where children can come and manipulate the flaps of the book. It can also be used in a one on one setting, where an adult is reading directly with a young child. Librarians and teachers can also use this book in displays and in recommendations for parents/guardians who want books that will help them get their children moving. 

Review Sources

(2010). Kirkus Reviews. (Book Review).

(2004). Publishers Weekly. (Book Review).

Tags: parents and children, animals, dance

How Do You Wokka-Wokka?

Citation: Bluemle, E. (2009). How Do You Wokka-Wokka? Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press.

Ages: 3 – 7

Grades: PreK – 2nd

Description: How Do You Wokka-Wokka? encourages readers to get moving and learn how to wokka along to the beat of the text through rhymes and images. Readers are invited to join the characters in the book for a neighborhood dance party. 

Uses: How Do You Wokka-Wokka?’s rhyming text and vibrant images make it perfect for a toddler or elementary storytime. This book can be used in a program about dance, and librarians/teachers can invite children to dance like the characters in the book while the book is being read, or when it is finished.

Review Sources:

Kirkus Reviews. (2009). How do you Wokka-Wokka? (Book Review). 

Publisher’s Weekly. (2009). How do you Wokka-Wokka? (Book Review). 

Tags: dance, rhyme, diversity

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Citation: McQuinn, A. (2011). If you’re happy and you know it! Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.

Ages: 4 – 8

Grades: PreK – 3

Description:  In this book, McQuinn covers all of the lyrics of the original If You’re Happy and You Know It song.  On each page, children from around the world dance along to the lyrics of the traditional rhyme. The end of this adaptation features children saying hello in their native language. 

Uses: McQuinn’s text can be used in a preschool or younger elementary storytime or program. Since many children know the rhyme, it would be easy to invite them to join in and move with the story as it is read.  It can also be read to small children who have not heard If You’re Happy and You Know It.  This could also be used in a program about music, or to perhaps entice a reluctant reader to read.

Review Sources: none found

Search Terms: dance, rhyme, nursery rhyme

Up, Down, and Around

Citation: Ayres, K. (2008). Up, down, and around. Somerville, MA: Candlewick.

Ages: 2 – 5

Grades: PreK – Kindergarten

Description:  Up, Down, and Around is a wonderful introduction to gardening and planting food. The book pairs simple, rhythmic text with vibrant images of children exploring the growth of crops such as corn and pumpkins in a garden. 

Use:  Up, Down, and Around is a story that can be used for preschool or toddler storytimes. Children can be encouraged to mimic the growth patterns of the plants highlighted in the book. 

Review Sources: none found.

Tags:  plants, gardening, rhyme

The Gingerbread Man

Citation: Schmidt, K. (1985). The Gingerbread Man. New York: Scholastic, Inc.

Ages: 4 – 8 

Grades: PreSchool – 3rd

Description: This classic nursery rhyme comes to life with the bright illustrations of Karen Schmidt. The storyline and rhyme follow a gingerbread man who, after being freshly baked and jumping out of the oven, out runs everybody, until he crosses paths with a fox. 

Use:  The bright images and familiar refrain of “run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man” make it an ideal book to use in a preschool, toddler, or elementary storytime.  The familiarity of the text will invite students to join in on the refrain. In order to incorporate physical activity into the storytime, librarians and teachers can get students to act out the old rhyme by doing activities such as: running in place and other activities. 

Review Sources: none found.

Tags: nursery rhymes, rhyme

Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo

Citation: Andreae, G. (2004). Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo. Wilton, CT: Tiger Tales. 

Ages: 5-6

Grades: PreK – 1st 

Description:  In Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo bright images of animals on a farm are accompanied with rhyming text and descriptions of the actions being performed by each animal. Readers are invited to “gooble gobble” with a turkey or “skip skip” with a sheep. 

Uses: Librarians, teachers, and other adults can use Andreae’s Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! Barnyard Hullabaloo in a storytime programs for elementary readers. The rhyming text will automatically engage readers and listeners, and librarians can get children moving by encouraging them to mimic the movement of the particular animal after each page is read. The book can also be used to teach readers about different types of animals, and to teach simple movement concepts to children within the context of a storytime based on animals, farm animals, or any related topic.  

Review Sources: None found.

Search Terms:  animals, animal movements, rhyme

Toddler Play (Gymboree)

Citation: Masi, Wendy. (2001). Toddler Play (Gymboree). New York, NY: Creative Publishing International.

Ages: Adults and their toddlers

Grades: n/a

Description: Toddler Play (Gymboree) is a book for parents and other adults who are interested in incorporating fun activities for quality play time. The book covers age-appropriate playtime activities, including active physical games for strengthening growing muscles. 

Uses: Masi’s text can be used by parents, librarians, and teachers as they plan fun play activities for toddlers.  The book can also be put on display in a library as a resources for adults with growing children.

Review Sources:

Broocker, Deborah. (2004). Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses To Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger (Book). Library Journal, (129)(7):116.

Tags: exercise, parents and children, diversity, differently-abled

Hop, Hop, Jump!

Citation: Thompson, L. (2012). Hop, hop, jump! New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Age: 3 – 8

Grades: PreK-3rd 

Description:  Hop, Hop, and Jump!, with its bright illustrations and rhythmic text, is sure to get kids up and moving. Each page features children demonstrating different activities, such as jumping, twisting, hopping, and waggling. Thompson’s text also emphasizes each body part used to carry out each movement. 

Uses:  Hop, Hop, Jump! is a perfect text for use with toddlers and elementary students during storytime.  The bright colors and rhyming text will capture children’s attention. Children can be encouraged to move along with the characters, and identify the body parts the characters in the story are moving. 

Review Sources: None found

Tags: exercise, diversity, rhyme