Follow the Leader

Citation: Silverman, E., & Karas, G. B. (2000). Follow the Leader. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.Follow the Leader

Ages: 0-6

Grades: Toddlers – Kindergarten

Description:  Silverman’s Follow the Leader is the story of two brothers who play “follow the leader” with each other. The book begins with a discussion of who can be the leader first, with the oldest brother assuming the role. The children play several rounds of the game, and then the younger brother becomes the leader. Much of the text in Silverman’s book is the instructions of the game: “Hop when I hop./Skip when I’m skipping./Stop when I stop./Trot like a pony./Squat like a frog./Leap like a rabbit over this log.” The brother’s story and game is accompanied by sketches of the children doing each action.

Uses: Silverman’s Follow the Leader is ideal for an active storytime with toddlers and preschoolers. The direct nature of the text in the story invites readers and listeners to play follow the leader along with the brothers.  Librarians and teachers can read the story, and invite children to do the actions as the book as read. The story can then be followed with a game of storytime follow the leader, where the librarian or different children take turns being the leader.

Review Sources:

Heppermann, C. M. (2000). Follow the Leader. Horn Book Magazine, 76(5), 558.

Fletcher, C. (2000). Follow the Leader. Booklist, 447.

MacMillan, K. K. (2000). Follow the Leader (Book Review). School Library Journal, 46(10), 137.

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The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids

Citation: Purperhart, H. (2008). The Yoga Zoo Adventure: Animal Poses and Games for Little Kids (1 edition.). Alameda, CA: Hunter House.Yoga Zoo Adventure

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

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:

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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