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

Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga

Little YogaCitation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. New York: Henry Holt and Co.

Ages: 0-4

Grades: PreSchool

Description: Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga, is an illustrated guide to simple yoga poses for young children. The book pairs drawings of children doing different poses with actual photos of children demonstrating each pose. The book also contains a note, with safety tips and advice  to parents and adults who are interested in using yoga with toddlers.

Uses: Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga can be used by librarians and teachers to demonstrate yoga poses to young children. While the book is not conducive to storytimes, it can be used in conjunction with another book, either in displays, or in a book talk. Librarians and teachers can suggest this title to adults and caregivers who are interested in yoga for their children.

Review Sources:

Engberg, G. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. Booklist, 102(3), 60.

Tabuchi, D. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. School Library Journal, 51(11), 122.

Talen, N. (2007). Little Yoga and Sleepy Little Yoga. Ascent Magazine, (35), 62-63.

Search Terms: yoga, animals, parents and children, differently-abled, non-fiction

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

Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story

Citation: Shardlow, G. & Gedzyk, ,E. (2013). Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story. Boston: Kids Yoga Stories.Goodnight Animal World

Ages:  4 – 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description: Shardlow’s Good Night Animal World is a bedtime story that use different animal – based yoga poses to help children wind-down and relax. Each pose is accompanied by both a picture of the animal, and a picture of a child doing the corresponding pose. Animals included are: sloth, giraffe, butterfly, and echidna. Similarly to the familiar Good Night, Moon, Good Night Animal World ends each page by saying  good night to the specific animal.

Uses: Even though Good Night Animal World is a bedtime book, librarians and teachers can use the book for inspiration on how to incorporate yoga movements into storytimes about animals.  Good Night Animal World can also be used in displays. Librarians can also recommend this book to parents and guardians who are seeking bedtime stories for their children.

Review Sources: None.

Search Terms: animals, animal movements,  yoga, sloths, books for bedtime

Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages 6-10: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition

Citation: Schwarzenegger, A., & Gaines, C. (1993). Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages 6 – 10: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition. New York: Doubleday.

Ages: 6-10

Grades: K – 5

Description:  Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages 6-10: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition is a guide to staying active and healthy eating for elementary aged children.  The book includes instructions for simple, age-appropriate exercises, complete with pictures and line drawings.

Uses: Librarians and teachers can use Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages 6-10, as inspiration for including appropriate exercises and activities into elementary aged programs. The book can also be used in book talks and book displays for elementary aged children. The text may also be useful for developing active programming for differently-abled adults and teens.

Review Sources:

Morning, T. (1993). Book review: Grades 3-6. School Library Journal, 39(8), 183.

Tags: non-fiction, exercise, differently-abled

Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition

Citation: Schwarzenegger, A., & Gaines, C. (1993). Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth-5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition. New York: Doubleday. 

Ages: birth – 5

Grades: PreK

Description: Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5: A Guide to Health, Exercise, and Nutrition is a guide to the basics of health and exercise for young children.  The book, targeted more towards adults who care for young children, also provides age appropriate exercises with instructional pictures and line drawings.  The book emphasizes the importance of fun and play as crucial in teaching children to love exercise.  Arnold’s Fitness for Kids Ages Birth – 5 is the first in a trilogy of books aimed at promoting exercise and nutrition to children.

Uses: Librarians, teachers, and other adults can use Arnold’s Fitness for Kids as a guide for planning age specific programming that promotes health and nutrition. Librarians can teach children the exercises provided within, and can share concepts of exercise with children. The book can also be used during a family storytime, to teach parents more about nutrition and children’s health. The text can also be used in displays during Read and Reach themed storytimes, and in parenting guides.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: exercise, non-fiction, parents and children

The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness

Citation: Rockwell, L. (2004). The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness. New York: Crown Publishers.The Busy Body Book

Ages: 5 – 9

Grades: PreK – 3

Description: The Busy Body Book is a guide to healthy living and physical activity for children. The book depicts children doing various physical exercises and activities such as running, dancing, yoga, and sports. Rockwell also explains to children the importance of exercise and the parts of the body that it affects.  The book also includes exercise guidelines for children at the end of the text.

Uses:  The Busy Body Book is perfect for elementary programs and storytimes. Librarians and teachers can read the story to children and they can imitate the movements as the story progresses.  The text can be read during programs on exercise, health, or sports.

Review Sources:

Jones, T.E., Toth, L.,  Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., Larkins, J., & Yusko, S. (2004). The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness (Book). School Library Journal, 50(1), 121.

Rochman, H. (2003). The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness (Book). Booklist, 100(70), 681.

The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness (Book). (2004). Kirkus Reviews, 72(2), 88.

The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness (Book). (2004). Book Links, 13(4), 47.

Manczuk, S. (2005). The Busy Body Book. Library Media Connection, 23(4), 85.

Tags: non-fiction, exercise, health

Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs

Citation: Reid, R. (2007). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Chicago: American Library Association.Something Musical Happened at the Library

Ages: storytime ages; Book intended for librarians and adults

Grades: all grades: book for librarians

Description: Something Musical Happened at the Library is a resource for librarians and educators who want to incorporate more music into their storytimes. The book includes whole storytime lesson plans, as well as song lyrics and other resources. Something Musical Happened at the Library also includes a list of references and books that librarians and teachers can use to incorporate more music into their storytimes.

Uses: Something Musical Happened at the Library can be used by librarians to incorporate more music into their storytimes. The lesson plans within are perfect for young child or family storytimes. Many of the songs in the lesson plans require children to move and dance to the melody or to different instructions.  

Review Sources:

Glantz, S. (2008). Something Musical Happened at the LIbrary: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Library Media Connection, 26(4), 93.

Helmer, D. (2007). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. Booklist, 104(5), 87.

Margarida, D M. (2008). Something Musical Happened at the Library: Adding Song and Dance to Children’s Story Programs. School Library Journal, 54(1), 160.

Tags: educator resource 

The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids

Citation: Purperhart, H. (2008). The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House.Yoga Zoo Adventure

Ages: Activities: 4 and up; Book: Grades 12 and up

Grades: PreK and up

Description: The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids is an educator resource for teachers, librarians, and any who work with young children.  The book contains guidelines for parents and teachers on how to teach children yoga, and how to work with a group.  The majority of the book is dedicated to games based upon different animals children would see at the zoo, such as giraffes, zebras, and elephants. The book also details which size group the activity would work best with: a large group, small group, or pair.

Uses:  The Yoga Zoo Adventure is a wonderful resource for teachers and librarians who want to incorporate more movement into their storytimes.  Librarians/teachers could take games out of the book and create a whole program on movement based upon the concept of the zoo visit.  Individual games can also be used and adapted for different storytimes or programs, especially in the place of traditional fingerplays and action rhymes.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: yoga, animals, exercise, games

The ABCs of Yoga for Kids

Citation: Power, T. (2009). The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (1st edition edition.). Pacific Palisades, CA: Stafford House.ABC of Yoga for Kids

Ages: 5 and up

Grades: Kindergarten and Up

Description: The ABCs of Yoga for Kids uses the alphabet and rhymes to teach children different yoga poses. The book teachers children fifty-six different poses that encourage flexibility and strength.

Uses:  The ABCs of Yoga for Kids can be used in elementary storytimes or programs, particularly those specifically about movement, health, and exercise. Librarians and teachers can use the book for instruction on how to teach children the poses, or they can read each page as the children move.   can also be used in displays promoting ABCs and health.

Review Sources:

For the Kids. (2009). American Fitness, 27(4), 47.

Tags: non-fiction, yoga, exercise