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

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

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

Babar’s Yoga for Elephants

Citation:  Brunhoff, L. de. (2002). Babar’s yoga for elephants. New York: Harry N. Abrams.  

Age: 3- 8

Grade: 0 – 4

Description: In this book, Babar explains yoga for elephants and people. The story begins with a discovery by archaeologists in Babar’s home of Celesteville: drawings to show that not only did ancient woolly mammoths do yoga, but they invented it. Using this storyline, Babar explains basic stretches and movements, while traveling to different landmarks around the world.

Use:  Babar’s Yoga for Elephants is well suited for children’s storytimes and programs aimed at teaching younger grade children yoga. The book’s narrative style invites interaction from the students:  the librarian can read the narrative, explain the poses, and then invite participants to join in.

Review Sources: School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly

Kropp, Lisa G. (2003). Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. [Review of Babar’s Yoga for Elphants.] School Library Journal, 49(4): 148. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=58&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=214473&db=neh

Staff . (2002). Babar’s Yoga for Elephants. [Review of Babar’s Yoga for Elephants.] Publisher’s Weekly, 249(32):298. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=58&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=214473&db=neh

Tags: babar, elephants, hatha yoga, yoga, exercise

Peaceful Piggy Yoga

Title:MacLean, Kerr.  (2008). Peaceful Piggy Yoga. Morton Grove, Ill: Albert Whitman & Company. Peaceful Piggy Yoga

Ages: 0-8

Grade Level: 1-2

Description:  Peaceful Piggy Yoga is a brightly illustrated guide to yoga for children. The book includes step by step instructions on how to do each pose, as well as images to demonstrate.

Use: Peaceful Piggy Yoga can be used to provide children with an introduction to basic yoga poses.  It is ideal for small group family storytimes, where librarians can interact directly with children and caregivers. Caregivers can participate in the poses, and also help to make sure their child does the pose properly and safely

Review Sources:  none. 

Tags: Yoga for children, hatha yoga, pigs, family storytime