Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Citation: Maclean, K. L. (2004). Peaceful Piggy Meditation (1 edition.). Morton Grove, Ill: Albert Whitman & Company.Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Ages: 4-9; teens and adults who are differently abled – with adjustments.

Grades: PreK – Grade 3

Description:  Peaceful Piggy Meditation is Maclean’s straightforward lesson to young children about the benefits of meditation for their emotional, mental, and physical well-being.  Maclean begins her book by stating that life can be stressful; then lists many of the variables that may cause young children stress.  She teaches children that meditation can help them cope with stress, as well as other health benefits.  Maclean includes endnotes about individual and family meditation.

Uses:  Peaceful Piggy Meditation can be used for a child or family storytime program.  The bright images and storyline make for a story where librarians and teachers can heavily interact with the audience.  With older children, librarians can read the story, and ask children to add things that stress them out. Librarians can also lead a discussion of how people handle stress. Then, the librarian can lead students through some of the meditation techniques. Maclean’s emphasis on family events causing stress, and family meditation make this an ideal text to use during a family storytime program.

Review Sources:

Loch-Wouters, M., Jones, T. E., Toth, L., Charnizon, M., Grabarek, D., & Larkins, J. (2004). Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Book). School Library Journal, 50(11): 112.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Book). (2004). Publisher’s Weekly, 251(45), 55.

Mattson, J. (2004). Peaceful Piggy Meditation (Book). Booklist, 101(4), 411.

Tags: meditation, animals, pigs, emotional support, differently-abled

Children’s Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants & Animals & Objects

Citation: Luby, T. (1998). Children’s book of yoga: games & exercises mimic plants & animals & objects. Santa Fe, N.M.: Clear Light Publishers.  

Ages:  9 and up

Grades: 2 and up

Description: Children’s Book of Yoga is a non-fiction text that provides instruction to children on to how to do different yoga poses. It begins with the easiest poses, and progresses through others, all centered around different plants, animals, and objects. The book also includes information as to the benefits of yoga, and important things to remember and consider when practicing yoga. Yoga topics covered in the different chapters include: breathing and relaxing, mountain pose, poses that resemble all kinds of birds, four-legged animals,  and desert creatures.

Uses:  The Children’s Book of Yoga can be used by teachers and librarians during yoga or activity specific programming. Teachers and librarians can pull activities from the different chapters into their storytime programs, in order to teach children different ways to be active. These activities can be used instead of traditional fingerplays or songs used to get students to shake out their wiggles. This book would also make an ideal display companion, as it teaches children yoga in a way that they can understand and practice on their own.

Review Sources: Lawler, B. (1998). Children’s Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants & Animals & Objects. School Library Journal, 44(10):125.

Tags: yoga, animals, 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: Animal Poses

Citation: Davies, Abby and Dormand, M. (2010). My First Yoga: Animal Poses. Cambridge, MA: My First Yoga. My First Yoga

Ages:  5 – 12

Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 5

Description: My First Yoga: Animal Poses leads readers through different yoga poses connected to animals.  The text is very instructional and informative, with corresponding pictures demonstrating each movement.

Uses:  My First Yoga: Animal Poses would be a useful text for in a small group, or individual session. It would be better suited for older/elementary aged children, and would be a demonstration of how books can be instructional guides for working out. My First Yoga: Animal Poses could also be used as a supplemental book to another storytime introducing yoga and movement. It could also be used on a book display about movement.

Review Sources: none.  Only customer reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Tags: yoga, differently-abled, animals

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

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 

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

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