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.

Tags: yoga, parents and children, books for bedtime

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

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 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

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