Kids Yoga & Picture Books
"Inspire your little ones to move and learn with fun, interactive, and educational yoga books for kids.
Spark their imaginations and get them into action with kids yoga.
Kids need exercise, and with Kids Yoga Stories, they can learn while they move.
Reading is good for the mind AND body!"
- Giselle Shardlow, founder of Kids Yoga Stories
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Kids Yoga Stories
by Giselle Shardlow
"Kids Yoga Stories books target children from ages 2 to 8.
Engaging characters will get them learning, moving, and having fun.
Discover how our yoga stories combine easy yoga poses for kids
with reading adventures that will help growing bodies and minds.
Through creative storytelling, your children learn while acting out the stories.
Our books integrate yoga, literacy, cultural education,
and environmental awareness.
The benefits of yoga go beyond just exercise. The Kids Yoga Stories characters demonstrate the poses, which help children develop awareness of their bodies and how they move. This improves motor skills and gives them an outlet for self-expression. Children who can express themselves often resort to meltdowns less often.
The principles of yoga also offer self-calming techniques,
which are great when it’s time to relax or go to bed."
The Grateful Giraffe
* Winner of IPNE Children's Book *
"Join our six yoga kids from around the world as they learn about various animals and relate their behaviors to our feelings. Be a caring koala, a cranky crocodile, or a curious cat. Visit countries around the world, learn about various animals, and talk about feelings!
This feelings yoga book for toddlers and preschoolers includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide. Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The book links several yoga poses to create a coherent and meaningful sequence for very young children. This feelings yoga story for ages 2 to 5 is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for young children."
Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats
* Winner of Family Choice Award 2016 *
"A Kids Yoga Story About Friendship, Happiness, and Acceptance.
Anna finds happiness practicing yoga at recess. She imagines traveling the world and exploring new places. Will her new classmates accept her and join the fun?
Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and learning. Reading is good for the mind AND body! This book for ages 3 to 7 is more than a storybook, but it's also a unique experience for children. This 2nd edition was published January, 2015"
More from Kids Yoga Stories...
"Kira Willey is an award-winning children’s music artist, kids’ yoga & mindfulness expert, speaker, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga school programs. Kira’s four releases of yoga albums for kids have all won numerous industry awards and earned national acclaims.
Kira’s TEDx talk, “Bite-Sized Mindfulness,” can be viewed online."
Breathe Like a Bear
30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere
"Kira’s first children’s book is a beautifully illustrated collection of breathing exercises and movements designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. These fun and kid-friendly techniques will help kids feel calm and focused, while improving their self-awareness. Best of all, they can be done anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or at a child’s desk at school.
Based on Kira’s Parents’ Choice GOLD Award-Winning CD Mindful Moments for Kids, and illustrated by the remarkable Anni Betts, this is the first book of its kind and is the perfect tool to help children and parents develop a fun and consistent mindfulness practice."
Breathe Like a Bear
Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Board Book
"The Mindfulness Moments for Kids book series is designed to gently introduce simple mindfulness concepts to little ones. Breathe Like a Bear will help children learn to control their breath and soothe themselves slowly to sleep, just like a bear in hibernation. Listen Like an Elephant helps children practice focus and attention, both steps to healthy self-awareness. These fun, easy-to-follow exercises can be performed anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or even at a child's desk at school.
Beautifully illustrated by Anni Betts, and adapted from Willey's bestselling Breathe like a Bear hardcover/trade paperback—a collection of mindful moments and exercises for kids ages 3-8 — this board book series (which includes the upcoming Bunny Breaths - Spring '20) is the first of its kind, and is the perfect tool to help young children and parents develop a fun and consistent mindfulness practice."
Listen Like an Elephant
Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Board Book
"The Mindfulness Moments for Kids book series is designed to gently introduce simple mindfulness concepts to little ones.
Listen Like an Elephant helps children practice focus and attention, both steps to healthy self-awareness. These fun, easy-to-follow exercises can be performed anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or even at a child's desk at school."
"Part of the Mindfulness Moments for Kids series, this mindful meditation moment teaches kids to think like a bunny and find their own focused energy!
With Bunny Breaths, kids learn to how to replenish their energy with quick, focused breaths... no matter how blah they feel. Best of all, it can be performed anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or even at a child's desk at school. Mindfulness Moments for Kids offer easy-to-follow exercises that kids can use to manage their bodies, breathing, and emotions."
Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Board Book
Available for pre-order - Spring 2020
Cd's from Kira Willey
"Mindful Moments for Kids CD (purchase includes immediate download) Winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Mindful Moments for Kids is Kira’s unique collection of 30 one-minute mindfulness exercises for children that can be done seated or standing, any time of day, making these perfect for classroom or home use, and great in the car. Kira’s easy, kid-friendly techniques are designed to help children harness their energy, release anxiety, and develop self-awareness. Each track consists of Kira’s simple voiceover instructions set to a musical backdrop of her original, award-winning songs. The CD includes two bonus songs: a remake of Kira’s popular “Dance for the Sun,” and a new, mantra-like lullaby, “Just Be.”
"Kira’s debut album Dance for the Sun includes her hit “Colors,” which was featured in a Dell commercial that aired worldwide, as well as the title track, which teachers around the world use to help children learn the sun salutation. Other fan favorites include “Caterpillar Caterpillar” and “Surfer Mama.” The CD contains thirteen original songs plus sixteen Bonus Yoga Tracks, which contain Kira’s simple and fun voiceover instructions to her kid-friendly yoga routines. The poses for each routine are beautifully illustrated in the accompanying lyric booklet."
"Kira’s second album in her CD series of yoga songs for kids, Kings & Queens of the Forest is the winner of a Parents’ Choice Award, as well as the Independent Music Award for Best Children’s Song: “Roller Coaster.” It’s full of fan favorites perfect for yoga and movement, like “Go Plane Go,” and “All I Wanna Do Is Dance!” The CD contains thirteen original songs plus thirteen Bonus Yoga Tracks, which are Kira’s simple and fun voiceover instructions to her kid-friendly yoga routines. The poses for each routine are illustrated in the accompanying lyric booklet."
"Winner of the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, How to be a Cloud is Kira’s third album in her CD series of yoga songs for kids. It features a remake of Kira’s biggest hit “Colors,” this time with the sweet voices of a choir of schoolchildren, as well as the title track, which is a lullaby perfect for sleepy time or savasana. The CD contains thirteen original songs plus nine Bonus Yoga Tracks, which are Kira’s simple and fun voiceover instructions to her kid-friendly yoga routines. The poses for each routine are illustrated in the accompanying lyric booklet."
"Kira’s long-awaited fifth album of original songs is packed with heart-pumping tunes and catchy, sing-along choruses. Themes of confidence, compassion and hope will inspire and empower kids to be their strong, capable selves! Winner of Parents’ Choice Gold!"
"As a kid she kept a piece of chalk in her pocket (for spontaneous hopscotch) and her skate key around her neck, ready for the next adventure. Susan lives by the sea in East Hampton, New York with her 3 children and their dog, Gizmo.
Her award-winning stories ranging from museum visits and yoga to lifelong friendships and hope celebrate the unique voices and experiences of kids and inspire adults to let their own inner child out…
maybe for a spontaneous game of hopscotch every now and then.
Susan’s books have been translated into multiple languages.
In addition to writing books for kids she also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children of all ages. She is a yogi herself and is still working on her headstand."
I Am Yoga
"An eagle soaring among the clouds, a star twinkling in the night sky, a camel in the desert, or a boat sailing across the sea . . . Yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible.
New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds teams up with author and certified Yoga instructor Susan Verde in this book about creativity and the power of self-expression. I Am Yoga encourages children to explore the world of Yoga and make room in their hearts for the world beyond it."
"When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice from the bestselling picture-book dream team that brought us I Am Yoga.
Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Breathe, taste, smell, touch, and be present."
I Am Peace
I Am Love
A Book of Compassion
"Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds continue their collaboration with the fourth book in their bestselling wellness series. A celebration of love in all its forms, I Am Love asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid. Love allows us to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of ourselves by practicing self-love."
"A hopeful meditation on all the great (and challenging) parts of being human, I Am Human shows that it’s okay to make mistakes while also emphasizing the power of good choices by offering a kind word or smile or by saying “I’m sorry.”
At its heart, this picture book is a celebration of empathy and compassion that lifts up the flawed fullness of humanity and encourages children to see themselves as part of one big imperfect family—millions strong."
I Am Human
A Book of Empathy
More from Susan Verde...
Mariam Gates, Kid Power Yoga
"Mariam Gates is a passionate and inspiring teacher with over 20 years of experience working with young people. Through the Kid Power Yoga Program she has combined her dedication to teaching yoga with her skills as an educator to guide children in accessing their own inner source of strength, confidence, problem-solving and creativity. Mariam received her Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1997. "
Good Morning Yoga
"This “wake up” story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day!"
Good Night Yoga
"For kids in early to middle childhood, Good Night Yoga is both a bedtime story and a series of simple poses for following the natural world as it comes to rest at day's end. Created by the founder of the celebrated Kid Power Yoga program. This bedtime story is so much more than a story. It's a practice for kids and parents to end the day in a calming, mindful way. Turn the page and stretch like a tree, settle softly like a ladybug, float like a cloud, and you'll be dreaming soon."
Bedtime Visualizations for Kids
"This book includes eight visualizations that help kids slow down, breathe, and become aware of their bodies so they can relax into a good night’s sleep. Whether they are envisioning flying a kite, making it rain, or rocketing to the moon, Sweet Dreams offers guided narratives that will spark their imaginations, as well as breathing techniques that encourage restful relaxation.
Inspired by the popular Cloud Journey Visualization at the end of Good Night Yoga, Sweet Dreams offers proven techniques to help children calm down and settle both physically and mentally so they can enjoy a good night’s rest.
Visualizations include Shrinking Down, Blowing Bubbles, Rocketing to the Moon, Making It Rain, Galloping Through a Meadow, Diving Underwater, Flying a Kite, and Bedtime Breathing."
"This accessible and fun guide to meditation and mindfulness is the perfect introduction for young children. Meditation does a body good, and can even help kids as young as four or five. This practical guide is gentle, clear, and a pleasure to use. Kids will learn how to focus on their breath, on the sensations in their body, and on the sounds around them to help them relax, settle their busy minds, and understand their emotions. Illustrated with cheerful drawings of five animal friends, the book offers step-by-step directions and a repeating refrain. It's an invigorating first experience of mindfulness that can be shared by parents and children at home, or by teachers and students in the classroom."
Meditate With Me
A Step-By-Step Mindfulness Journey
"When you're mad or worried or can't wake up in the morning, what can you do? Use the amazing super-power that you already have—breathing. [...] Breathe with Me guides young ones ages 4-8 through 11 exercises to promote body awareness, calm anger and temper tantrums, self-soothe in fearful new situations, energize in the morning, and relax at bedtime. Through visualization and play, this engaging breath-by-breath journey teaches children an essential set of self-care skills that will benefit them for a lifetime."
Breathe With Me
Using Breath to Feel Strong, Calm, and Happy
A Pose-By-Pose Partner Adventure for Kids
* The New York Times Bestseller *
"Time to Buddy Up for Movement, Cooperation, and Imaginative Play! [...] Perfect for teaming up with a friend, sibling, parent, or caregiver, each easy practice shows how cooperation helps us to imagine, move, and have fun in a whole new way. Includes a back-page guide for parents and caregivers, showing how to do each pose and how to connect them into an easy-to-follow flow.ore from Mariam Gates."
"The latest yoga picture book from bestselling author Mariam Gates introduces children to the joys and benefits of yoga―through dinosaurs! Triceratops, Pterodactyl, T-Rex, and others learn to bend, stretch, and breathe through a yoga flow. Instead of being sad, mad, or frustrated when things aren’t going their way, the dinosaurs practice yoga to feel better. The book features a parents’ guide to the depicted postures and a glossary of dinosaurs at the back.
As the creator of the celebrated Kid Power Yoga, Gates knows that teaching children yoga sets them up for better habits of flexibility, fitness, and self-soothing. With Dinosaur Yoga, kids can stomp, stretch, and snort their way to skills that will serve them for a lifetime."
The ABC of Yoga for Kids,
by Teresa Anne Power
"Teresa is an internationally recognized children’s yoga expert,
keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids.
Also available in Spanish, French, Italian and Danish, her book has won multiple awards. She has also developed a complete line of ABCs of Yoga for Kids products, including yoga pose cards, a coloring book, posters, and a guide for parents and teachers.
Teresa is also the founder of International Kids’ Yoga Day,
an event she created to celebrate the health and wellness
of our youth worldwide through the practice of yoga.."
My First Yoga ABC
"My First Yoga ABC is a board book for infants to help them learn not only the alphabet, but some simple yoga poses as well.
Each page has block letters of the alphabet, with a corresponding yoga pose. For instance, Aa is for Airplane posture. Young children will delight in practicing yoga while reciting their ABCs!"
The ABC's of Yoga for Kids Around The World
"The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Around the World is the newest title in the international bestselling kids’ yoga series, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids. Written by acclaimed yoga expert and Kids’ Yoga Day founder, Teresa Anne Power, this beautifully illustrated hardcover book is a wonderful read-aloud for parents/educators and children.
It takes readers on a fun-filled tour of 32 countries, sharing kid-friendly facts about each, as well as teaching simple yoga poses suitable for children of all ages and athletic abilities. This book also introduces to the alphabet and how to say ‘hello” in the language of each country represented."
The ABC's of Yoga for Kids
"The ABCs of Yoga for Kids is a beautifully illustrated book that contains 56 different yoga poses, with definitions and instructions for achieving and sustaining each posture. Inside of this best-selling book you will find a fun, unique and creative method of teaching your children about various yoga positions.
Have a blast making animal noises as you stretch and form different animal poses. Make it a family activity that you enjoy practicing every day. Enjoy the benefits of a more focused child who has enhanced clarity and a calmer demeanor—thanks to the benefits of daily mindfulness through yoga."