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

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

Hop, Hop, Jump!

Citation: Thompson, L. (2012). Hop, hop, jump! New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Age: 3 – 8

Grades: PreK-3rd 

Description:  Hop, Hop, and Jump!, with its bright illustrations and rhythmic text, is sure to get kids up and moving. Each page features children demonstrating different activities, such as jumping, twisting, hopping, and waggling. Thompson’s text also emphasizes each body part used to carry out each movement. 

Uses:  Hop, Hop, Jump! is a perfect text for use with toddlers and elementary students during storytime.  The bright colors and rhyming text will capture children’s attention. Children can be encouraged to move along with the characters, and identify the body parts the characters in the story are moving. 

Review Sources: None found

Tags: exercise, diversity, rhyme

Move Your Body! My Exercise Tips

CitationBellisario, G. (2014). Move Your Body!: My Exercise Tips. New York, NY: Lerner Publishing Group.

Ages: 5 – 7

Grades: PreK – 3rd

Description: In preparation for Field Day, Ms. Starr teaches her students about aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Ms. Starr also teaches them some stretching exercises to prepare for the big day! Now their full of energy and ready for the beach ball relay!

Uses: Move Your Body!: My Exercise Tips is a great resource for librarians and teachers, and any adult who wants to teach children about exercise. This cook can be used to lead students through aerobic and anaerobic exercises during storytime. The colorful illustrations can be used to engage students in these fun interactive exercises that promote health.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: exercise, health, diversity

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