Elem. – Let’s Play Outside

Rumbaugh, Pat. Let’s Play Outside. Star Bright Books, 2021. Unpaged. 978-1-59572-919-4. $6.99. Grades K-2.

Let’s Play Outside is a fun fiction book that focuses on all the fun things that children can do when they are outside. The descriptions are paired with action photographs that show what is being described. The end of the book has information for caregivers and parents on different things they can do with their children outside. There are also tips for fitting in time to play as well as suggestions on where children can play.

THOUGHTS: This is an adorable fiction book about playing outside that students will enjoy looking through, and parents/caregivers can appreciate giving them ideas of new things to do outside. There is also a mention of the website Let’s Play America at the end, which is a great resource for information outside this book.

Picture Book          Mary Hyson, Lehigh Valley Regional Charter Academy

Yoga (for all ages)


Rissman, Rebecca. Yoga for You. North Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2015. $25.49 ea. 64p. Gr. 4 and up.

Calm Girl: Yoga for Stress Relief. 978-1-4914-2121-5.

Fit Girl: Yoga for Fitness and Flexibility. 978-1-4914-2120-8.

Smart Girl: Yoga for Brain Power. 978-1-4914-2119-2.

Strong Girl: Yoga for Building Strength. 978-1-4914-2122-2.

Although recommended for grades 4-8, Yoga for You is a great series for all students and their families.  Each title in the series focuses on yoga for specific results: stress relief, strength, fitness and flexibility, and mental alertness.  Titles are broken down into sections about how one’s feeling, the history of yoga, lifestyle changes, and the yoga poses themselves.  All yoga poses are two-page spreads with step-by-step instructions and pop-out boxes with modifications to help increase the benefit of yoga.  THOUGHTS:  This is a must-have series for all schools (I have it both in print and eBook).  I love this series and have used it myself and with my family for family yoga.  It’s fun for the adults and kids. Plus, the interactive eBooks are great for phys. ed. classes.

Exercise; Fitness      Erin Parkinson, Lincoln JSHS, Ellwood City