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Learn about desert animals through desert yoga poses and desert books for kids!

Try a desert theme for one of your kids yoga classes. Dash like a kit fox, slither like a rattlesnake, and peek out of your shell like a desert tortoise.

Our family went on a trip through the Southwest in a RV a couple years ago, and recently, my daughter pulled out the mini-book that I’d created for her with our travel photos. We talked about the desert, and I read her Emily’s Day in the Desert, the yoga book based on our visit to Death Valley, California.

We then found a bunch of desert books for kids in the library and talked about the unique animals that live in the desert. Shop Yoga Books for Kids | Kids Yoga StoriesBelow you’ll find our favorite desert books and five desert animal yoga postures for kids to bring your learning alive through movement!

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5 Best Desert Books for Kids

Our five favorite desert books for kids:

America’s Deserts Guide to Plants and Animals
by Marianne Wallace
A great research book to plan your desert lesson. I love the double-spread illustrations of flora and fauna of each American desert.

Way Out in the Desert
by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward
A charming rhyming text similar to “Over in the Meadow” to learn about desert animals. I bought this book at the Death Valley visitor’s center in California for my toddler, and she loved it.

I Howl, I Growl
by Marcia Vaughan and Polly Powell
This is another book that I bought in the Death Valley visitor’s center, that my daughter loved when she was a toddler. Each page labels the desert animal and what they do: chase, race, growl, or howl. It’s an easy book to use for a kids yoga class.

There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea
by Jennifer Ward and Steve Gray
A silly cartoon-illustrated book following the “There Was a Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” rhyming text.

Desert Night Desert Day
by Anthony Frederick and Kenneth Spengler
A desert book that has both beautiful, bright illustrations and lovely rhyming text. I love the introduction of both nighttime and daytime deserts (guide at back of the book).

Other Desert Books You Might Like

Emily’s Day in the Desert
by Giselle Shardlow
Join Emily as she spends a day with her parents in Death Valley, California. Glide like a hawk, dart like a fox, and slither like a snake. This desert yoga book includes a list of yoga poses for kids and a parent-teacher guide.

In the Canyon
by Liz Garton Scanlon and Ashley Wolff
Join a young girl as she walks down into the Grand Canyon.

A Day and Night in the Desert
by Caroline Arnold
Spend twenty-four hours in the Sonoran Desert and learn about the animals and plants that come alive during all the hours of the day.

Deserts
by Gail Gibbons
A well-presented non-fiction book about deserts around the world.

The Magic School Bus Gets All Dried Up: A Book About Deserts
Join Ms. Frizzle and her class to learn about deserts.

Why Oh Why Are Deserts Dry?
by Tish Rabe
A rhyming Cat in the Hat book to learn about deserts.

The Three Little Javelinas
by Susan Lowell and Jim Harris
A rendition of the Three Little Pigs, except with desert animals.

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5 Desert Animal Yoga Poses for Kids

After reading the desert animal books for kids, make a list of animals. For example, animals that live in American deserts are:

  • Scorpion
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Tarantula
  • Coyote
  • Roadrunner
  • Mountain lion
  • Gila monster
  • Golden eagle
  • Kit fox
  • Rattlesnake
  • Desert bighorn sheep
  • Jackrabbit

Then check out our list of yoga poses for kids for ideas on creating yoga poses matching the desert animals—or simply follow this desert yoga sequence below. These yoga poses are specifically sequenced to invite flow from one pose to the next:

1. CAT POSE – Pretend to be a coyote.

On all fours, round your back and tuck your chin into your chest. Pretend to be a coyote.

Cat Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

2. EXTENDED CAT POSE – Pretend to be a kit fox.

From all fours, extend one leg out behind you, and look forward. Take the opposite arm out in front of you to counter balance. Pretend to be a kit fox darting across the road. Repeat on the other side.

 Extended Cat Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

3. PIGEON POSE – Pretend to be a greater roadrunner.

From a Table Top position, bring your right knee to rest behind your right hand, angling your right foot slightly inward, and pretend to sprint like a roadrunner. Repeat on the other side.

 Pigeon Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

4. COBRA POSE – Pretend to be a rattlesnake.

Come down to lie on your tummy and place your palms flat next to your shoulders. Pressing into your hands, lift your head and shoulders off the ground. Hiss like a rattlesnake.

 Cobra Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

5. TORTOISE POSE – Pretend to be a desert tortoise.

Come to sit on your buttocks with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Then take your feet out wide and be sure you are sitting with a tall, straight spine. Slide your arms under your knees and place your hands flat on the floor outside your legs. Bend forward, keeping your back and neck straight. Pretend to be a tortoise poking its head out of the shell.

 Tortoise Pose for Kids | Kids Yoga Stories

What other desert animal poses did you come up with? What did you learn about desert life?

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New Desert Yoga Book for Kids: Emily’s Day in the Desert

Learn about the desert through movement + story!

Join Emily as she spends a day with her parents in Death Valley, California. Glide like a hawk, dart like a fox, and slither like a snake. This desert yoga book includes a list of yoga poses for kids and a parent-teacher guide. Ages 4+.

“I am a first-grade teacher. I do yoga every day in my classroom with my students. They thoroughly enjoyed this book! Here are some of their comments: ‘This book was great because you can learn about Death Valley and the animals while you are doing yoga.’ ‘I loved that the book was about a family taking a trip.’ ‘It was so awesome how the poses matched the words.’ ‘This book taught us some new poses that we’ve never done before.’ Overall, first graders at my school say… This book is awesome!” – Melissa

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Other Desert Links

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Build a Desert Biome, Schooling a Monkey

Free Desert Pack, 3 Dinosaurs

Desert Animal Game for Preschoolers, Life Over Cs

Desert Sunset Painting, Still Playing School

 

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