Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better

Citation: Garabedian, H. (2008). Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better (First Edition edition.). Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. Itsy Bitsy Yoga

Ages: Adults and toddlers

Grades: n/a

Description:  Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Toddlers and Preschoolers: 8-Minute Routines to Help Your Child Grow Smarter, Be Happier, and Behave Better is a book for adults who are interested in how yoga can help toddlers.  Garabedian’s text argues that the 8-minute yoga routines described within can help tame tantrums, improve balance, and develop children’s confidence.

Use:  Librarians and teachers can use the yoga routines provided in the text for preschool and toddler storytimes. Routines or moves from the text can be incorporated into storytime as a way to get kids up and moving, much like some rhymes, songs, and fingerplays.  Librarians/teachers can also booktalk the book to interested adults, and put it on display. Some of the activities within may also be adapted for programs for teens and adults who are differently-abled.

Review Sources: none found.

Tags: yoga, parents and children, non-fiction

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