Books Promoting Physical Fitness for Young Children


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When I go downstairs to  do my daily exercise, I always ask both Hadyn and Ava if they want to join me.  Grayson always comes down with me as well.  No matter how annoying it is to have a busy-body toddler who thinks it’s fun to climb on your back while you are doing a forearm plank, or to have a talkative kindergartener constantly talking and asking questions – I think it’s important for them to see me exercising, making healthy choices, and getting fit.  It shows them that it’s important to our lives.  It makes it real.  I do not force them.  I think it’s the little things that make a difference.  Thinking back to my childhood, it would have been nice to see my parents – as well as the people around me – taking a little more time with their health.  It does make an impact.  If you live it when they are young, they will live it as they grow.  It will become an important part of their lives.


The Importance of Physical Fitness for Young Children

I have gathered together a few books which I thought were good for young children.  They are fun, engaging, and colorful.  Mostly, they all involve movement – promote health and the arts.

1.  The ABC of Australian Animals by Giselle Shardlow.  Travel the Australian Outback learning about new and exciting animals while doing yoga.  There is nothing more fun.  My kids love Giselle’s books.  They have an absolute blast.  Check out my review here.

2.  Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora – Bea loves to dance.  She uses simple dance terminology – with colorful illustrations on how to perform the moves.  I love that they show both boys and girls dancing.  They also show what both boys and girls wear for ballet class.  A fun and engaging book might inspire your future ballerina/ballet dancer!

3.  The Happiest Tree by Uma Krishnaswami – Meena is excited about the class play, but when she is chosen to be a tree, her clumsiness gets in the way.  While at an Indian Deli, she looks in on a Yoga Class.  She tries the class and loves it.  Plus, her new skills helps her in other areas!

4.  Good Night Animal World by Giselle Shardlow – The perfect bedtime story, Giselle takes us on a magical adventure around the world.  Your child will perform yoga poses representing animals around the world.  You can read the review here.

5.  My Ballet Class by Rachel Isadora – This book brings your child through a typical day at ballet class.  This books also shows boys doing ballet!

6.  Get Up and GO! by Nancy Carlson – No matter if you are short, tall, thin, or round, you should be up and moving.  This book brings your child through the wonderous world of exercise!

7.  From Head to Toe by Eric Carle – Your child will experience Eric Carle’s colorful world and do what the animals do!  This book not only engages the senses, but also promotes movement of the body in ways they wouldn’t otherwise move.

8.  Sophia’s Jungle Adventure by Giselle Shardlow – Travel through Costa Rica, learning about the culture and performing yoga moves!  You can read my review here.


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Can you think of any additional books which stress the importance of physical fitness for young children?  If so, I would love to hear your ideas!


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  1. My 4 year old daughter works out with me too. She does yoga and lately has been doing Focus T25 with me, which is hilarious, because neither of us are doing exactly what the instructor is doing, but we’re trying!
    I got here via Mommy Monday. Have a great week!
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    • I think what’s important is that you are instilling the right things into her. The Focus T25 will come. I do the 21 Day fix with my daughter, and mostly she is just standing against the way talking to me (which is annoying to be honest). But I think it’s important that she sees me working out and taking care of myself.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  2. I am a huge fan of From Head to Toe–when I was a playgroup leader we often read that to the children and encouraged them to move around like the animals in the book. I agree it is so important to model healthy habits for young children, and I look forward to trying out some of these books with my little one. Stopping by from Monday Mommy Bloghop!
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    • Hey Bev,

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Head to Toe is really awesome! In this day and age, I would support any book that got the kids up and moving – instead of in front of a computer.


      Thanks so much for stopping by again. I hope you have a great week!
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  3. So, I’m a HUGE fan of Eric Carle, and I cannot believe I’m going to admit this, but…. I have never read From Head to Toe! I just bought a few Eric Carle books for a friend’s baby gift :)_
    I think it’s great that you are teaching your kids the importance of physical fitness.
    Good job mama!
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  4. Believe it or not, I just read From Head to Toe to teach an English class here in Malaysia yesterday! I love that book, and I actually got quite a workout teaching it! 🙂 Part of our homeschool schedule each day is to work out with Mom – I was struggling to fit my workouts in when it hit me that I have two little personal trainers built in! Now, they look at their schedules and say, “Mom, we need to work out every 5 minutes until we do.” Talk about motivation! 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again soon!
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