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

Children’s Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants & Animals & Objects

Citation: Luby, T. (1998). Children’s book of yoga: games & exercises mimic plants & animals & objects. Santa Fe, N.M.: Clear Light Publishers.  

Ages:  9 and up

Grades: 2 and up

Description: Children’s Book of Yoga is a non-fiction text that provides instruction to children on to how to do different yoga poses. It begins with the easiest poses, and progresses through others, all centered around different plants, animals, and objects. The book also includes information as to the benefits of yoga, and important things to remember and consider when practicing yoga. Yoga topics covered in the different chapters include: breathing and relaxing, mountain pose, poses that resemble all kinds of birds, four-legged animals,  and desert creatures.

Uses:  The Children’s Book of Yoga can be used by teachers and librarians during yoga or activity specific programming. Teachers and librarians can pull activities from the different chapters into their storytime programs, in order to teach children different ways to be active. These activities can be used instead of traditional fingerplays or songs used to get students to shake out their wiggles. This book would also make an ideal display companion, as it teaches children yoga in a way that they can understand and practice on their own.

Review Sources: Lawler, B. (1998). Children’s Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants & Animals & Objects. School Library Journal, 44(10):125.

Tags: yoga, animals, diversity, differently-abled 

The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story

Citation: Krishnaswami, Uma. (2005). The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. New York: Lee and Low. Happiest Tree

Ages: 0 – 9

Grades: PreK – 4

Description: The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story is the story of Meena and her role in the school play. Meena is an eight year old Asian Indian American girl who is clumsy. She trips and stumbles so much, that she is afraid to participate. One day, while in the Indian market, Meena signs up for a child’s yoga class. Through the class, and with the support of her family, Meena learns yoga poses that calm her and help her successfully play the role of a tree in the school play.  The book features warm, richly detailed images and many details from Meena’s culture are woven into the fabric of the story.  

Uses: The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story is perfect for a young child or elementary storytime program. Not only does the story teach the benefits of yoga, but it also provides children with an encouraging lesson about overcoming challenges. The book will also introduce children to different cultures through the imagery and words in the text. Librarians and teachers can read the story to children, and then pair it with a yoga session, or perhaps another book that more directly explains yoga poses.  The Happiest Tree is an ideal companion story to a book such as Dogi the Yogi.  This text would also be perfect to use with differently-abled adults and teens.

Review Sources:

Engberg, G. (2005). The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. Booklist, 102(3):63.

Monahan, J. (2006). The Happiest Tree. Library Media Connection, 24(7): 62.

The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story. (2005). Kirkus Reviews, 73(16):917.

Search Terms: yoga, differently-abled, diversity

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

Yoga Pretzels

Citation: Guber, T., Kalish, L., & more, & 0. (2005). Yoga Pretzels. Bath, UK; Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books. Yoga Pretzels

Ages: 4+

Grades: PreK +

Description: Yoga Pretzels is a deck of fifty cards that was developed and published as a companion to Baptiste’s My Daddy is a Pretzel. The deck of cards is divided into nine different sections that can help focus practice, such as:  breathe, game, balance, stand, and forward bend.

Uses: Yoga Pretzels can be used by librarians and teachers to add programs and activities to storytimes. Students can pick cards for the group, or librarians and teachers can. Yoga Pretzels would give students an opportunity to be active in deciding what happens in the storytime. Yoga Pretzels can also be used with adults and teens who are differently abled. This resource would make a great additional activity in a storytime with a book about yoga.

Review Sources:

Search Terms: yoga, games, 

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

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger

Citation: Garabedian, H. (2004). Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger. New York: Touchstone. Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies

Ages: Adults and their babies

Grades: n/a

Description: Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help Your Baby Sleep Longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger is a book for parents and other adults who are interested in how yoga can be beneficial to babies.  The book covers a number of topics, including how to use the book, and yoga in every stage of the child’s life. The book also promotes parent/child bonding through yoga.

Uses: Garabedian’s text can be used by librarians and teachers as they plan baby and toddler storytimes. Librarians can incorporate activities from the text into storytimes in order to demonstrate and encourage how parents/guardians can interact with their children.  The book can also be put on display or book talked in programs for adults with 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: yoga, parents and children

My First Yoga: Animal Poses

Citation: Davies, Abby and Dormand, M. (2010). My First Yoga: Animal Poses. Cambridge, MA: My First Yoga. My First Yoga

Ages:  5 – 12

Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 5

Description: My First Yoga: Animal Poses leads readers through different yoga poses connected to animals.  The text is very instructional and informative, with corresponding pictures demonstrating each movement.

Uses:  My First Yoga: Animal Poses would be a useful text for in a small group, or individual session. It would be better suited for older/elementary aged children, and would be a demonstration of how books can be instructional guides for working out. My First Yoga: Animal Poses could also be used as a supplemental book to another storytime introducing yoga and movement. It could also be used on a book display about movement.

Review Sources: none.  Only customer reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Tags: yoga, differently-abled, animals

My First Yoga: Jungle Story

Citation: Davies, A., & Dormand, M. (2012). My first yoga: jungle story. [United States]: My First Yoga. Jungle Story

Ages: 3 – 9; Also ideal for differently-able older youth, teens, and adults.

Grades: PreK – 2

Description:  My First Yoga: Jungle Story invites readers to join the main character in a search through the jungle for a monkey. In the search, readers are invited to pose and act like different animals they encounter. The book features simple, large text and colorful images. The text also features an introduction to the story, and yoga by the author.

Uses: The large, simple text and images of this story make it a natural for an interactive storytime for children and differently-abled adults and youth.  Participants are invited to go on the quest with the protagonist, which automatically connects them to the story. Librarians/teachers can lead storytime goers through the movements, while they read the book. For an even more interactive reading, librarians can lead the group (if it is smaller) through the library, using stuffed animals or animal pictures for each phase of the journey.  This book could be used in a storytime about yoga, being active, being spy, or about jungle animals.

Review Sources: none found.

Tags: yoga, differently-abled, jungle, animals

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