I Got the Rhythm

Citation: Schofield-Morrison, C. (2014). I Got the Rhythm. New York: Bloomsbury. I got the rhythm

Ages: 0 – 8

Grades: PreK – 2nd

Description: In I Got the Rhythm, a young girl and her mother go for a walk in a park in their vibrant, urban community. As they walk, the girl notices the rhythm of everything around her. She smells it, sees it, and hears it. The book ends with a gigantic dance party with everyone in the community.

Uses: The bright images and playful text of I Got the Rhythm makes this book a great choice for a young child or toddler storytime. Librarians can engage students by asking them to act out the different dances and movements on each page. This book is also idea for a storytime or program that incorporates many different dances and songs. Each song and dance can be a continuation of the story.

Review Sources:

I GOT THE RHYTHM. (2014). Kirkus Reviews, 82(9), 107-108.

Tags: diversity, differently-abled, music

I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids)

Citation: Chryssicas, M. K. (2006). I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids). London: Dorling Kindersley. I love yoga

Ages: 8-12

Grade: K – 5

Description:  Chryssicas’ I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids) introduces children to hatha yoga. The story follows several children and their teacher through a typical yoga class, covering topics such as clothing, breathing, different poses, and benefits of doing yoga.  Basic poses and movements are demonstrated to the reader through pictures, and there is a glossary of terms in the back of the book. The text also includes different yoga games that may intrigue children.

Uses:   I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids) would be ideal to use in a class or program with elementary aged children. The children could read the book as a small group, and then try different poses. Or, the book could be read aloud by a teacher or librarian, and the librarian/teacher could lead students through the poses as the story progresses. This would allow the children in the storytime to feel as though they are participating in the yoga class from the story  as well.  Additionally, this book would be great resource for librarians who want to to a yoga-themed storytime. Chryssicas’ text both educates about yoga, and provides students with a story.  

Review Sources:

Hayes, J. (2006). I Love Yoga. [Review of the book I Love Yoga]. School Library Journal, 52(5):108.

Engberg, Gillian. (2005). I Love Yoga. [Review of the book I Love Yoga]. Booklist, 102(6):39.

Tags: yoga, non-fiction, hatha yoga, differently-abled

Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story

Citation: Solis, S. (2006). Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story (Storytime Yoga). Boulder, Colo: The Mythic Yoga Studio.Storytime Yoga

Ages: Activities: 3 and up; Book: Adults, teachers, and educators

Grades: PreK and Up

Description: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story is a resource for librarians, teachers, and educators and others who want to incorporate yoga and health into their storytimes. The book includes retellings of different stories from around the world that include different hatha yoga meditations, movements, and exercises. The book has activities for children ages 3 – 11.

Uses: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story is a great resource for librarians and teachers, and any adults who want to work with children. Yoga Storytime is a great method for teaching children both literacy and healthy habits. The yoga element of the story helps children move and promotes health, while oral storytelling promotes literacy, listening skills, and vocabulary. This resource can be used with a variety of ages, and in a number of programs.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: yoga, hatha yoga, diversity

Pretend You’re a Cat

Citation: Marzollo, J., & Pinkney, J. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.  Cat

Ages: 4 – 8

Grades: PreK – 8

Description:  Pretend You’re a Cat invites readers and listeners to move like various animals: a cat, a dog, a fish, and a bee. Marzollo uses a repetitive rhyming text to invite children to move along with the story. There are also richly detailed images of children and animals doing the movements throughout the story.

Uses: Pretend You’re a Cat is ideal for a family or young child storytime. The story can be read out loud, and children can participate along with the story.  The images in this story will also draw in listeners with the vibrant images.

Review Sources:

Dibner, E. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat (Book). School Library Journal 36(7), 63.

Fader, E. (1990). Pretend You’re a Cat. Horn Book Magazine, 66(4), 446-447.

Tags: animals, animal movements, rhyme, diversity, differently-abled

The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story

Citation: Krishnaswami, Uma. (2005). The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. New York: Lee and Low. Happiest Tree

Ages: 0 – 9

Grades: PreK – 4

Description: The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story is the story of Meena and her role in the school play. Meena is an eight year old Asian Indian American girl who is clumsy. She trips and stumbles so much, that she is afraid to participate. One day, while in the Indian market, Meena signs up for a child’s yoga class. Through the class, and with the support of her family, Meena learns yoga poses that calm her and help her successfully play the role of a tree in the school play.  The book features warm, richly detailed images and many details from Meena’s culture are woven into the fabric of the story.  

Uses: The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story is perfect for a young child or elementary storytime program. Not only does the story teach the benefits of yoga, but it also provides children with an encouraging lesson about overcoming challenges. The book will also introduce children to different cultures through the imagery and words in the text. Librarians and teachers can read the story to children, and then pair it with a yoga session, or perhaps another book that more directly explains yoga poses.  The Happiest Tree is an ideal companion story to a book such as Dogi the Yogi.  This text would also be perfect to use with differently-abled adults and teens.

Review Sources:

Engberg, G. (2005). The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. Booklist, 102(3):63.

Monahan, J. (2006). The Happiest Tree. Library Media Connection, 24(7): 62.

The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. (2005). Kirkus Reviews, 73(16):917.

Search Terms: yoga, differently-abled, diversity

My First Yoga: Jungle Story

Citation: Davies, A., & Dormand, M. (2012). My first yoga: jungle story. [United States]: My First Yoga. Jungle Story

Ages: 3 – 9; Also ideal for differently-able older youth, teens, and adults.

Grades: PreK – 2

Description:  My First Yoga: Jungle Story invites readers to join the main character in a search through the jungle for a monkey. In the search, readers are invited to pose and act like different animals they encounter. The book features simple, large text and colorful images. The text also features an introduction to the story, and yoga by the author.

Uses: The large, simple text and images of this story make it a natural for an interactive storytime for children and differently-abled adults and youth.  Participants are invited to go on the quest with the protagonist, which automatically connects them to the story. Librarians/teachers can lead storytime goers through the movements, while they read the book. For an even more interactive reading, librarians can lead the group (if it is smaller) through the library, using stuffed animals or animal pictures for each phase of the journey.  This book could be used in a storytime about yoga, being active, being spy, or about jungle animals.

Review Sources: none found.

Tags: yoga, differently-abled, jungle, animals

Clap Your Hands

Citation: Cauley, L. B., Weiss, J., G.P. Putnam’s Sons, & South China Printing Co. (1992). Clap Your Hands. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Clap Your Hands

Ages: 0 – 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:  Clap Your Hands is a rhyming text that invites readers to move along with the story from cover to cover. Using rhyming words, and bright images of children and animals in colorful costumes, Cauley invites readers to clap their hands, stomp their feet, and roar like a lion.  The whole of the text in the book are commands to move.

Uses:  Clap Your Hands is the perfect addition to any toddler or preschool storytime. The rhyming text encourages children to perform simple actions, which will not only refine motor skills, but will also get them moving for the whole of the book. The bright images will also capture children’s attention. This book could also be used during baby time, with the parents doing the motion to the children/assisting children with the motion, as to encourage parent/child bonding, and to emphasize the importance of physical activity for both parent and child at an early age.

Review Sources:

Zaleski, J. (2001). Children’s NOTES. Publisher’s Weekly, 248(30):78.

Bliss, Liza. (1992). Book Reviews: Preschool & Primary Grades. School Library Journal, 38(7): 57

Kirkus Reviews. (1992). Clap Your Hands. [Review of the book Clap Your Hands]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lorinda-bryan-cauley-3/clap-your-hands-2/

Tags: rhyme, animals, diversity,

The Kids’ Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games

Citation: Buckley, A. (2006). The Kids’ Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Kids Yoga Deck

Age: 4 and Up

Grades: PreK and Up

Description: The Kids’ Yoga Deck teachers yoga poses and related activities that have been specifically designed and adapted for children (Buckley, 2006). Each card encourages children to try a different activity, pose, or breathing exercise.  The cards are color coordinated based upon skill and experience level, with instructions as to which cards to use first.  Each card includes a picture of the activity, a description, and ideas of other related activities.

Use: The Kids’ Yoga Deck can be used by teachers and librarians for groups and individuals. Cards and activities on the cards can be used as part of a larger storytime program, or a set of cards and the associated ideas can comprise one whole program centered on yoga, breathing, stretching, and/or movement.  Since the deck is a set of flashcards, they could also be used in programs/games where participants draw a card, and then the group has to do the activity or pose on the card.

Review Sources: none

Tags: yoga, games, differently