Citation: Chryssicas, M. K. (2006). I Love Yoga (Yoga for Kids). London: Dorling Kindersley.
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.
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
Citation: 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.
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.
non-fiction, yoga, differently-abled, animals
Citation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2007). Sleepy Little Yoga. London: Hutchinson.
Ages: 0 – 4
Grades: Babies – PreKindergarten
Description: Sleepy Little Yoga presents a yoga sequence meant to help toddlers relax before a nap or bedtime. The story follows Yoga Babies as they do yoga poses meant to mimic various nighttime animals, such as bats, owls, and foxes. The book includes pictures of children in the different poses, as well as tips for yoga practice and explanations of each pose.
Uses: Sleepy Little Yoga can be used during toddler storytime as a way to get children to settle down. Librarians can read the story, and then encourage adults/caregivers to help children do the different motions along with yoga baby. Sleepy Little Yoga is certainly best used in a toddler storytime program where adults/guardians interact with the toddlers. The book can also be used in displays and recommended to parents who are looking for active ways to settle their child down when it is time to rest.
Oliver, S. (2007). Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler’s Sleepy Book of Yoga. School Library Journal, 53(3), 202.
Talen, N. (2007). Little Yoga and Sleepy Little Yoga. Ascent Magazine, 35, 62-63.
Search Terms: yoga, parents and children, books for bedtime
Citation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2005). Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga. New York: Henry Holt and Co.
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.
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
Citation: Solis, S. (2006). Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story (Storytime Yoga). Boulder, Colo: The Mythic Yoga Studio.
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
Citation: Shardlow, G. & Gedzyk, ,E. (2013). Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story. Boston: Kids Yoga Stories.
Ages: 4 – 8
Grades: PreK – 1
Description: Shardlow’s Good Night Animal World is a bedtime story that use different animal – based yoga poses to help children wind-down and relax. Each pose is accompanied by both a picture of the animal, and a picture of a child doing the corresponding pose. Animals included are: sloth, giraffe, butterfly, and echidna. Similarly to the familiar Good Night, Moon, Good Night Animal World ends each page by saying good night to the specific animal.
Uses: Even though Good Night Animal World is a bedtime book, librarians and teachers can use the book for inspiration on how to incorporate yoga movements into storytimes about animals. Good Night Animal World can also be used in displays. Librarians can also recommend this book to parents and guardians who are seeking bedtime stories for their children.
Review Sources: None.
Search Terms: animals, animal movements, yoga, sloths, books for bedtime
Citation: Scrivan, M. N. (2008). Dogi the Yogi. Outbox Media.
Ages: 4 – 8
Grades: PreK – 1
Description: Meet Dogi, a bright yellow dog who enjoys yoga. In this book, Dogi introduces children to a variety of different yoga poses; including the wheel pose, lion pose, and shivasana. Each pose is accompanied by a drawing of Dogi doing the pose, as well as rhyming text that explains the pose and its benefits.
Uses: The bright pictures, and simple, rhyming text of Dogi the Yogi make it an ideal resource for introducing children to yoga in a group storytime. Librarians and teachers can read each page, and lead children through the different poses along with Dogi. This book would also be well used in a family storytime, so that librarians and teachers can teach both parents and children yoga together. Dogi the Yogi’s inviting cover will also make this book ideal for display.
Review Sources: none.
Tags: yoga, animals, rhyme
Citation: Purperhart, H. (2008). The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House.
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
Citation: Power, T. (2009). The ABCs of Yoga for Kids (1st edition edition.). Pacific Palisades, CA: Stafford House.
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.
For the Kids. (2009). American Fitness, 27(4), 47.
Tags: non-fiction, yoga, exercise
Citation: Gates, Mariam. (2015). Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Incorporated.
Ages: 4 – 9
Grades: PreK – 2
Description: Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story is a progression of yoga poses meant to help children settle down before bed. The poses are explained in the context of a bedtime story that captures how the earth transitions into night. The end of the book also includes a step by step progression of images and poses at the end to assist children as they practice yoga to calm down.
Uses: Good Night Yoga: A Pose by Pose Bedtime Story can be used with younger elementary children in programs and storytimes, in order to introduce children to yoga concepts and poses. However, because the text is meant for bedtime use; it may be best used in programs where parents/guardians interact with children during the storytime. Librarians can lead parents and children through the movements, emphasizing that they can be used to help children rest. Librarians can lead families through different yoga movements, and then have books to suggest or on display, such as this one, as well as other yoga books that emphasize rest. The program could even be advertised as Using Yoga to Help Your Baby Rest – A Program for Parents and their Young Children.
Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story. (2015). Publisher’s Weekly, 262(18), 117.
Tags: yoga, parents and children, books for bedtime