Sleepy Little Yoga

Citation: Whitford, R., & Selway, M. (2007). Sleepy Little Yoga. London: Hutchinson.Sleepy Little Yoga

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.

Review Sources:

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

Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story

Citation: Shardlow, G. & Gedzyk, ,E. (2013). Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story. Boston: Kids Yoga Stories.Goodnight Animal World

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

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story

Citation: Gates, Mariam. (2015). Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story.  Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Incorporated. Good Night Yoga

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.

Review Sources:

Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story. (2015). Publisher’s Weekly, 262(18), 117.

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