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

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

Ready, Set, Skip!

Citation: O’Connor, J., & James, A. (2007). Ready, set, skip! New York: Viking.Ready, Set, Skip

Ages: 2 – 8

Grades: PreK – 2

Description: Ready, Set, Skip! is the story of a young girl who does not know how to skip. She does, however, know how to do many things, such as: twirling, hopping, and leaping.  Eventually, her mother teachers her how to skip: “hop on one foot/then the other”.   O’Connor tells the young girl’s story in short, upbeat, rhyming text, that is paired with detailed charcoal images.

Uses: Ready, Set, Skip is ideal for a preschool, family, or younger elementary aged program. Librarians can read the book, and then ask listeners to do all of the activities mentioned in the text. Librarians can also ask students to skip, and to teach each other how to skip.  This book could also easily be adjusted to use with differently-abled adults and teens.

Review Sources:

Ready, Set, Skip!. (2007). Kirkus Reviews, 75(8), 398.

Ready, Set, Skip!. (2007). Publisher’s Weekly, 254(19), 59.

Allen, N. (2007). Ready, Set, Skip!. Magpies, 22(3), 26.

Constantinides, J. (2007). Ready, Set, Skip!, School Library Journal, 53(7), 82.

Brabander, J. M.(2007). Ready, Set, Skip!. Horn Book Magazine, 83(3), 271.

Phelan, C. (2007). Ready, Set, Skip!. Booklist, 103(21),66.

Tags: differently-abled, exercise, outside

Who Hops?

Citation: Davis, K. (1998). Who hops? San Diego: Harcourt Brace. Who Hops?

Ages:  2 – 8

Grades: PreK – Grade 1

Description:  Who hops? begins by asking this question, which is then followed by simple, full page spreads that answer that frogs, rabbits, and kangaroos hop. The book then asserts that “cows hop!” followed by an image of a cow trying unsuccessfully to hop, and the caption of “it would never work.”  The book continues in a similar structure, asking what animals slither, fly or swim. Davis ends the book by asserting to readers or listeners that they are the animal that can perform all of the activities.  The book features vibrant images, and a simple structure that will invite children to participate.

Uses:  With the predictable structure and vibrant, bold images, Who hops? is an ideal choice for a toddler or preschool storytime. Children will be quick to pick up the pattern of the book, and will soon scream “No they don’t!” when the mentioned animal cannot perform the activity. Librarians can invite children to move like the animals (swim, hop, etc) during the story, or at the end, when Davis focuses the attention back on the audience.

Review Sources:

Schon, I. (20060. ¿Quién salta?. Childhood Education, 82(3):179.

Greenlee, A. (1998). Preschool to grade 4: Fiction. School Library Journal, 44(9):171.

Zaleski, J. (2001). Picture book REPRINTS. Publisher’s Weekly, 248(44):67.

Lempke, S. (1998).  Books for youth: Books for the young. Booklist, 95(2):234.

Tags: animals, animal movements, exercise

Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy!

Citation: Cousins, L. (2012). Hop, skip, and jump, Maisy! Somerville, Mass.: Candlewick Press. maisy

Age: 0 – 8

Grades: PreK-Kindergarten

Description:  Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy! is a pull the tab book, with bright illustrations typical of the Maisy series of books. When children pull the tab, Maisy demonstrates different activities, such as jumping, stretching, and running.  Cousins’ text also emphasizes the importance of a nutritious snack and getting a good night’s sleep.

Uses:  Hop, Skip, and Jump, Maisy! is a perfect text for use with toddlers and preschools in small storytime settings.  The bright colors and familiarity of the Maisy character will endear audiences to this story, and the pull the tab feature will capture children’s attention. Children can be encouraged to move along with Maisy as the tab is pulled.

Review Sources: no professional recommendations found – part of popular Maisy series in many libraries.

Tags: animals, exercise, pull the tab, Maisy

Watch Me Do Yoga

Citation: Clennell, B. (2010). Watch Me Do yoga. Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press. Watch Me Do Yoga

Ages: 2-8

Grades: PreK – 3

Description: Watch Me Do Yoga follows a young girl as she does different yoga poses with the people and things around her, such as her mom, dad, dog, and a tree. The story is told from the young girl’s perspective, and she relates the poses to the world and objects around her, while she describes them. For example: in doing mountain pose with her mom, she stands still, tall and strong.  The images reflect the movements described in the text.

Uses:  Clennell’s text could be used by teachers and librarians during a young child or preschool program.  The book can be read aloud, while the children and leader try each pose. This text would also be useful in a program with parents/guardians and their children, where they can do the poses and movements together.

Review Sources: none.

Search Terms: exercise, hatha yoga, yoga, sports

Get Up and Go!

Citation: Carlson, N. L. (2006). Get up and go! New York: Viking. get up and go

Ages: 0- 8

Grades: PreK – 1

Description:  Carlson’s text begins by telling readers: “You are special!” and that no matter if you are “tall, short, skinny or round” that it is important to take care of your body!  She then directly challenges readers to get out from behind the screen, and to get out and get some exercise. Throughout the book, the animal characters take part in a number of different types of physical activities, and with the text frankly, yet delicately, explaining the importance of physical activity, and what parts of the body physical activity can help.  

Uses: Carlson’s text is a direct challenge to the readers to get up and get moving. It is ideal to use in a storytime about the importance of exercise our about being healthy. The way Carlson presents the information highlights that this book could be used to introduce young children to healthy lifestyles. The book could also be useful in a family, toddler, or preschool storytime where adult family members and/or guardians are present, to also encourage them to get up and get moving, and/or to understand the importance of physical activity. This book could be used in a storytime program as a lead in or explanation before the teacher or librarian leads children through a group exercise.

Review Sources:

Jonas, JoAnn. (2006). Get Up and Go! [Review of the book Get Up and Go!]. School Library Journal, 52(2): 94

Phelan, C. (2005). Get Up and Go! [Review of the book Get Up and Go]. Booklist, 102(7):52.

Kirkus Reviews. (2005).  Get Up and Go. [Review of the book Get Up and Go]. Kirkus Reviews, 73(23):1271

Tags:  exercise, non-fiction, animals, dance, hiking, sports