Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Stories, Songs and Stretches: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Stories, Songs and Stretches: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement

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Stories, Songs and Stretches: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement. By Katie Scherrer. Chicago: ALA, 2017. 112 p. Paper $48 (ISBN 0-8389-1544-8).

Katie Scherrer, a well-known library consultant and a registered yoga teacher, has combined her expertise in these two fields to provide librarians with a manual to guide them on how to present yoga in storytime "to engage children and families through embodied play" (x). A brief introductory chapter gives a history of the development of modern yoga and explains the benefits of introducing yoga to children. Chapter 2, "Yoga, Movement and Early Learning" demonstrates that yoga and movement enhance early literacy, including the CASEL social emotional learning competencies. The author also discusses the difference between offering yoga classes and integrating yoga into storytime sessions and includes detailed information and resources regarding hiring a yoga teacher. Moreover, she addresses the common perception that yoga is a religion and provides information about yoga's potential role in library programming. This information will help librarians decide whether yoga movement storytimes are appropriate for their community.

Chapter 3, "Yoga Storytime Fundamentals," including a template; tips for selecting books, music, and digital tools; and details regarding planning the logistics, promoting the program, and preparing yourself. Additional information is included in highlighted boxes: one such sidebar is a description of Yoga Play! At Akron-Summit Count (Ohio) Public Library (31). …

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