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

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

Dinosaur Dance!

Citation: Boynton, S. (2016). Dinosaur Dance! New York, NY: Little Simon Books.

Ages: 1 – 6

Grades: PreSchool – 2nd

Description: Dinosaur Dance! encourages readers to dance along with prehistoric creatures in this interactive, fun board book.

Uses: This board book can be used by parents or teachers to promote physical activity among young readers. Readers can mimic the dances performed by the dinosaurs in the book, learn the names of different types of dinosaurs, and learn about colors.

Review Sources: none.

Search Terms: rhyme, animals, animal movements, dance,  differently-abled 

Shake My Sillies Out

Citation: Raffi. (1987). Shake My Sillies Out. New York, NY: Crown Publishers.

Ages: 3 months – 3

Grades: PreK

Description: In Shake My Sillies Out, animals and campers in woods at Camp Mariposa are struck by the urge to shake, clap, jump, waggle, and eventually go to sleep.

UsesThis book can be used by parents and teachers to engage children through interactive songs paired with movements. The rhythm, rhyming text, and repetitive phrases used throughout the book make it ideal for babies and toddlers.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: dance, rhyme, parents and children, animals

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

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story

Citation: Gates, Mariam. (2015). Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story.  Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Incorporated. Good Night Yoga

Ages: 4 – 9

Grades: PreK – 2

Description: Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story is a progression of yoga poses meant to help children settle down before bed. The poses are explained in the context of a bedtime story that captures how the earth transitions into night.  The end of the book also includes a step by step progression of images and poses at the end to assist children as they practice yoga to calm down.

Uses: Good Night Yoga: A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story can be used with younger elementary children in programs and storytimes, in order to introduce children to yoga concepts and poses.  However, because the text is meant for bedtime use; it may be best used in programs where parents/guardians interact with children during the storytime. Librarians can lead parents and children through the movements, emphasizing that they can be used to help children rest. Librarians can lead families through different yoga movements, and then have books to suggest or on display, such as this one, as well as other yoga books that emphasize rest.  The program could even be advertised as Using Yoga to Help Your Baby Rest – A Program for Parents and their Young Children.

Review Sources:

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story. (2015). Publisher’s Weekly, 262(18), 117.

Tags: yoga, parents and children, books for bedtime

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better

Citation: Garabedian, H. (2008). Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better (First Edition edition.). Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. Itsy Bitsy Yoga

Ages: Adults and toddlers

Grades: n/a

Description:  Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better is a book for adults who are interested in how yoga can help toddlers.  Garabedian’s text argues that the 8-minute yoga routines described within can help tame tantrums, improve balance, and develop children’s confidence.

Use:  Librarians and teachers can use the yoga routines provided in the text for preschool and toddler storytimes. Routines or moves from the text can be incorporated into storytime as a way to get kids up and moving, much like some rhymes, songs, and fingerplays.  Librarians/teachers can also booktalk the book to interested adults, and put it on display. Some of the activities within may also be adapted for programs for teens and adults who are differently-abled.

Review Sources: none found.

Tags: yoga, parents and children, non-fiction

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger

Citation: Garabedian, H. (2004). Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger. New York: Touchstone. Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies

Ages: Adults and their babies

Grades: n/a

Description: Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger is a book for parents and other adults who are interested in how yoga can be beneficial to babies.  The book covers a number of topics, including how to use the book, and yoga in every stage of the child’s life. The book also promotes parent/child bonding through yoga.

Uses: Garabedian’s text can be used by librarians and teachers as they plan baby and toddler storytimes. Librarians can incorporate activities from the text into storytimes in order to demonstrate and encourage how parents/guardians can interact with their children.  The book can also be put on display or book talked in programs for adults with 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: yoga, parents and children