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

You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses

You Are a LionCitation: Yoo, T. (2012). You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses. New York, NY: Nancy Paulsen Books.

Ages: 2 – 7

Grades: PreK – 2

Description: Yoo’s You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses introduces young children to yoga by inviting them to mimic the actions of different animals.   The book introduces children to different poses through simple movement instructions. Children are taught to be animals such as a butterfly, a frog, a lion, and a snake.  Pose instructions are accompanied by two page spreads of children of different ethnicities and animals doing the poses in the appropriate habitats for the animal.

Uses: You Are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses is perfect for introducing yoga during a young child or family storytime. The simple text in the book is not only ideal for young children who are learning concepts, but also for librarians and adults with no or little knowledge of yoga.  The book’s text, as well as the two page spreads invite children and readers to move along with the animals.  The book is also ideal for programs with differently-abled teens and older children.

Review Sources:

Oliver, S. (2012). You are a Lion! and Other Fun Yoga Poses.  School Library Journal, 58(3), 140.

Peters, J. (2012). You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses. Booklist, 108(13), 95.

You are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses. (2012). Kirkus Reviews, 80(4), 424.

Tags:
non-fiction, yoga, differently-abled, 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

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 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

Move!

Citation: Page, R.  and Jenkins, S. (2006). Move! Boston Mass.: HMH Books for Young Readers.Move!

Ages: 3-9

Grades: PreK – 3

Description: In Move! readers are introduced to a number of animals, and how they move. Whales dive, gibbons swing, and snakes slither. The book also features a description of each animal and its habits.  The book is illustrated in with large, colorful images of each animal, with text mirroring how the animals move.

Uses: Move! is ideal for a preschool or family storytime. It could also be read to younger elementary school children in conjunction with a science lesson about animals. The description of how the animals move begs children and other listeners to get up and mimic the movements. Librarians and teachers can ask students to mimic the movements during the story, or after during an activity. The facts about each animal in the story make the book ideal for a lesson about animals for younger children.

Review Sources:

Carter, B. (2006). Move!. Horn Book Magazine, 82(3), 344.

DeCandido, G. (2006). Move!. Booklist, 102(14), 50.

Glantz, S. (2007). Move!. Library Media Connection, 25(4), 77.

Move!. (2006). School Library Journal, 52:32.

Weitz, S. (2006). Move!. School Library Journal, 52(6):136.

Move!.(2006). Kirkus Reviews, 74(7), 349.

Move!. (2006). New York Times Book Review, 15.

Tags: animal movements,  animals, non-fiction, 

A Yoga Parade of Animals: A First Fun Picture of Yoga

Citation: Mainland, P. E., & Perry, C. (1998). A yoga parade of animals: a first fun picture book of yoga. Shaftesbury: Element Children’s Books. Yoga Parade of Animals

Ages: 4 – 9

Grades: PreK – 5

Description:  A Yoga Parade of Animals teaches children different yoga poses, named after animals. The book includes pictures of the animal, and then pictures of children doing the explained pose.  The text instructs children on how to execute each mentioned pose, and has bright drawings, and clear photographs.

Uses:  A Yoga Parade of Animals could be used in a specifically yoga based program, as a guide. Librarians and teachers could use the book to instruct children in different poses. The book would also be an ideal display book for a program featuring a more story-focused book that features movement. For example, Cronin’s Stretch and My Daddy is a Pretzel could be the featured reading in a program, with A Yoga Parade of Animals as one of the display items for participants to check out after the program has concluded.

Review Sources:

Stone, L. W., & jones, T. E. (1998). Preschool to Grade 4: Nonfiction. School Library Journal, 44(11), 107.

Tags:  non-fiction, yoga, animals

Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children

Citation: Khalsa, Shakta Kaur. (1998). Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children.  Portland, Or: Rudra Press. Fly like a butterfly

Ages: 4 – 10

Grades: PreK – 4

Description: Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children is an instructional yoga book for children and the adults who are are interested in teaching children yoga for health benefits. Khalsa includes different poses in the book, accompanied by short stories or images to help the child focus on the pose. The book includes photos of children doing each pose, as well as an explanation of how yoga and each pose can be beneficial to the children who practice it.

Uses:  Librarians and teachers can use Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children as an instructional tool to accompany picture books about yoga and storytime activities. The book can be talked in book talks for adults who want to learn more about how to to do yoga with their children. This book can also be put on display and suggested to parents during or after storytimes that feature music and movement.

Review Sources: none.

Tags: yoga, non-fiction, parents and children