The Kids’ Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games

Citation: Buckley, A. (2006). The Kids’ Yoga Deck: 50 Poses and Games. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. Kids Yoga Deck

Age: 4 and Up

Grades: PreK and Up

Description: The Kids’ Yoga Deck teachers yoga poses and related activities that have been specifically designed and adapted for children (Buckley, 2006). Each card encourages children to try a different activity, pose, or breathing exercise.  The cards are color coordinated based upon skill and experience level, with instructions as to which cards to use first.  Each card includes a picture of the activity, a description, and ideas of other related activities.

Use: The Kids’ Yoga Deck can be used by teachers and librarians for groups and individuals. Cards and activities on the cards can be used as part of a larger storytime program, or a set of cards and the associated ideas can comprise one whole program centered on yoga, breathing, stretching, and/or movement.  Since the deck is a set of flashcards, they could also be used in programs/games where participants draw a card, and then the group has to do the activity or pose on the card.

Review Sources: none

Tags: yoga, games, differently 

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

Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath

Citation: Bersma, D., Visscher, M., & more, & 0. (2003). Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements and Breath (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House. Yoga Games

Ages: 3-12

Grade: 1 and up

Description: Yoga Games for Children: Fun and Fitness with Postures, Movements, and Breath is a resource for librarians, parents, and educators that provides 16 complete lessons for children about different yoga concepts. The games are broken into different focus areas such as breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation. Within these areas are lessons with different themes, from spring, to snow, to animals, to birthday parties. Individual lessons are also coded for the appropriate age group.

Use:  Children’s librarians and library staff can use Yoga Games as a resource as they plan storytimes and other programs. Themed lessons can be incorporated into a variety of storytimes for different ages, and the themes allow for them to be used in conjunction with other books and activities on the same theme, for the creation of a fully active storytime or children’s program.  

Review Sources: none. 

Tags: yoga, educator resource, differently-abled

The Yoga Game

Citation: Beliveau, K., & Zaman, F. (2012). The Yoga Game. [Vancouver]: Simply Read Books. The Yoga Game

Age: 0-8

Grade: PreK – 2nd

Description: In The Yoga Game, Beliveau uses riddles to teach children the yoga concepts of balance, breath, and focus. The book uses rhymes, as well as the riddles to take children through a whole yoga practice.

Use: The Yoga Game provides librarians with a unique way to engage students while encouraging them to be active, and teaching them different yoga concepts. The book would be idea for a early school-age program that introduces yoga to children. The text could also be used for encouraging less active students to be active in a fun and engaging way.

Review Sources: none

Search Terms: yoga, riddles, guessing games

My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids

Citation: Baptiste, B., & Fatus, S. (2004). My daddy is a pretzel: yoga for parents and kids. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books. My Daddy is a Pretzel

Age: 4- 10

Grade: PreK – 3

Description: In this book, Baptiste introduces nine yoga poses within the context of children talking about their parents’ professions during class. As different children share their parents’ professions, such as gardener or vet, one child, whose father is a yoga instructor, describes corresponding yoga poses. Each yoga pose is broken into several steps with illustrations and instructions, as well as an explanation of the purpose behind the pose.

Use: My daddy is a pretzel is an ideal resource for teaching younger-grade children beginning yoga poses and movements, as well as the philosophy of the practice, all within an interesting fictional concept. The book would be well used in a smaller library program for K-3rd graders, where the children knew specifically that they were coming to the library for a yoga program. It could also be used in a beginner’s yoga for children, by incorporating a literacy component.

Review Sources:

Publisher’s Weekly. (2010). My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. [Review of the book My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids]. Retrieved from: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-84148-151-7

Burner, Joyce Adams. (2005). My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. [Review of the book My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. School Library Journal 51(1):85. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=51&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=135767&db=neh

Engberg, Gillian. (2004). My Daddy Is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids. [Review of My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids].  BookList. Retrieved from: http://web.a.ebscohost.com/novp/detail?vid=51&sid=f84f9f85-81e6-45f2-be2a-f3af2f78b6c3%40sessionmgr4004&hid=4109&bdata=JnNpdGU9bm92cC1saXZl#UI=135767&db=neh

TagsL : diversity, parents and children, yoga, occupations

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