Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats (English)

Rated 4.79 out of 5 based on 76 customer ratings
(76 customer reviews)


A Yoga Story About Friendship, Happiness and Acceptance

Anna finds happiness practicing yoga on her rainbow-colored yoga mats at recess. She imagines traveling the world and exploring new places. Will her classmates accept her and join the fun?

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76 reviews for Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats (English)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leslie N. (Physical Therapist)

    This was a perfect book to use in the Yoga classes I teach to the 2nd grade.

    They loved the colorful illustrations and had fun moving through all the yoga poses in the book. However, the best part of the book, in my opinion, was the powerful message: Stay true to who you are and good will follow.

    I am happy to say that most of the students were able to point out when Anna’s classmates were “mean” to her, saying not so nice things behind her back.

    I also shared this book with a 4th grade student who is hearing impaired and wears two hearing aides, just like Anna. When he made the connection between himself and Anna, his expression was priceless.

    Overall, the yoga poses were enough for these students to stay engaged to the story and be challenged physically. Thank you for this gift of a book.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon review

    A tender, thoughtful, and colorful reflection not only on how a child finds refuge in yoga — but how children come to appreciate and respect each other. My son and I so enjoy reading this together.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle U.

    Here’s a picture of one of my classes featuring the book Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats.

    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    M. Ranola

    Amazon review

    I love how this book isn’t just about children practicing yoga – the message is about much more… it also celebrates diversity. I love how Anna uses her imagination and escapes to her different worlds . The poses are clearly illustrated and explained. I tried this book out with my sons, a 9 year old and a 4 year old. We all enjoyed it together!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats is for young and old alike! Your kids will love traveling with Anna through a safari desert, the pyramids of the desert, through the waters of the world’s oceans – and more! It’s a beautifully told story with beautiful watercolor-like illustrations. Anna and her rainbow-colored yoga mats teach a story of acceptance, friendship, and being happy with yourself – being yourself – in your own space.


  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Eve, Barefoot Librarian

    Amazon review

    This title is one of about 10 books in the Kids Yoga Stories. These books integrate yoga poses into stories that provide information, about animals, other countries and often present educational concepts such as shapes, colors and seasons. Some titles in the series teach life lessons such as embracing diversity. The author, Giselle Shardlow, uses her educational expertise from her Masters of International Education; her eight years of experience teaching grades K-5 in Guatemala, Australia, Canada and United States; and her certification as a yoga instructor to bring multiple layers of learning to each book. Each title is a rich experience, creating various educational applications for both school and home.

    The yoga component itself is a wonderful tool. Many educators and parents use yoga to help children calm themselves. As an adult who has recently started yoga, I truly understand how effective yoga can be to reduce stress. While concentrating on maintaining the yoga position, breathing, and tightening or softening appropriate muscles, the mind is so busy it cannot focus on the stressor that occurred. Yoga is an easy and effective tool to help children in dealing with their emotions and stresses. Each book contains helpful end notes to guide the parent or educator to safely and successfully introduce yoga to children and making it a more meaningful and enjoyable experience for everyone.

    But in addition to the yoga component, this story includes some academic concepts as well as emotional intelligence.While math and colors are part of the story, even more important life lessons are introduced. Anna is the new student at her school. But in addition to that she wears a hearing aid and does yoga. All of these differences could be very isolating – and at first they are. However, Anna’s positive attitude and self-confidence help to draw first one, then many of her schoolmates into her circle of friends. Diversity of all types is embraced in this story. There is much to learn and discuss in this deceivingly simple looking book! (This book is also available in Spanish.)

    As a retired school librarian, I appreciate books which can be used to introduce multiple ideas. And engaging stories such as these have been proven to be a successful way to introduce students to concepts. The author has done an expert job at packing a variety of knowledge into bright, cheerful picture books. I sell the Yoga Kids Stories in my personal book business at book fairs and educational conferences ( I highly recommend this book in the Kids Yoga Stories series.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claire L.

    Amazon review
    Anna et ses tapis de yoga aux couleurs de l’Arc en ciel (French Edition)

    My daughter loves this book. She is in a French immersion class and they do yoga in class regularly.

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth (from Sweden)

    Me and my daughter 10 years old loved it. We live in Sweden, and I think it is fantastic (and Aldo sad) that kids are the same all over the world!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    An Inspiring Social Story About Acceptance!

    No matter how many times I read this story to my little ones, they always find something new to focus on and improve upon. Whether it is the fact that Anna never gives up on herself, or that through Anna’s yoga practice she meets other differently abled students like herself and reaches out to many, many more, this story inspires as much as it motivates children to stay active. This book creatively mixes so many positive elements of the learning experience. It is both multicultural and multifaceted, using combinations of color, counting, movement, shape, and nature to tell a social story of acceptance…of ourselves and each other, as well as the world around us. Even after several readings, my children still beg to read this story over and over again, and that just makes me want to smile all day long!

  10. Rated 4 out of 5


    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats is a lovely story incorporating lots of positive messages along with Yoga poses such as inclusion, friendship and self-confidence. As an early childhood teacher I loved this book to read to my class as well as my children. My 10 year old daughter absolutely loved the story line. She said it was a beautiful story cleverly written to be read and re – read. Thank you.

  11. Rated 3 out of 5


    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn about differences and the beauty that lies within them. This story also offers an introduction to yoga, which is very useful for children to practice motor planning in addition to learning a possible coping strategy. Lovely book!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats is a story of acceptance, friendship and being brave enough to do things in your own way. As a speech language pathologist, I love Shardlow’s use of descriptive language and the imagery that the language evokes. My students enjoy acting out the yoga poses while using interesting vocabulary such as “swayed like a palm tree” or “tilted like sails in the wind”. Anna’s hearing loss makes it challenging for her to engage with peers, but she draws them in with her playful yoga positions. At first the children laugh at her and say the yoga looks weird, but after watching her continue to smile and be joyful in her own world, the children’s impressions begin to change. Soon the children say the yoga looks interesting and finally they join her. Anna’s story offers an opportunity for parents and teachers to teach acceptance, kindness and how to stand up for someone rather than isolating them and becoming a bystander to bullying. In addition to the message delivered, I enjoyed the simple drawings and repetitive refrains. This is a book to keep and reread many, many times.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Crystal Saffel

    Great book all around! I used it in my kids yoga classes and the children LOVED it! It is certainly a book that will be added to my class plan rotation.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    Beautiful book… Very colourful:) Love the moral. Can’t wait to use it in my next kids yoga class. Thank you!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Powell

    A gorgeous story about encouraging children to be true to themselves and how once the conversation has been started, how accepting children can be of theirs and others uniqueness.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    wonderful story and message- being yourself, acceptance, friendship, yoga is for us all and so much more 🙂

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jen Griest Hayes

    As an Intervention Specialist, I love that this book incorporates two children who have unique abilities. Anna shares her talent of yoga as well as highlighting that it is for everyone. I also love how so many things can be incorporated by using the book – colors, asanas, chakras, friendship, tolerance/acceptance, imagination, etc. This book can address a wide range of ages and address such a variety of ideas and topics – it should be a “go to” resource for any yoga or classroom teacher! Beautiful pictures throughout!

    Jen Griest Hayes, BS, MA
    Intervention Specialist/Autism Consultant
    ChildLight Yoga – Baby/Toddler, Levels 1&2
    Creative Relaxation: Yoga Therapy for Autism and Special Needs – Level 2
    Yoga 4 Classrooms Licensed Trainer

  18. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story about Anna. This is a wonderful story that incorporates a child with a disability and her ability to use yoga and her imagination to help her to overcome being the new kid in a new school. As she unrolls a different color yoga mat each day at recess and imagines a new adventure with each day, she is soon befriended by another student with the same disability and Anna teaches him to go on adventures with her. At the same time, her other classmates’ interest in piqued and before long, they join in. It is a wonderful tool to use with students as it has many themes: disabilities, fitting in, acceptance, confidence, imagination, friendship, and colors. I loved the story!

  19. Rated 4 out of 5


    I loved using Giselle’s books in my kids’ yoga classes! I’m not teaching right now, but my 6-year-old loves trying these poses and reading about Anna’s adventures.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heidi (from South Africa)

    I really love this book, I read it to my kids and what a wonderful way to teach them it’s ok to be different. I also use It in my kiddies yoga classes. Thankyou for your beautiful stories!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is such a beautifully written and illustrated book. Anna’s adventure not only takes her on a Yoga journey but goes much deeper into an emotional level too, it’s all about acceptance and friendship. Everyone will enjoy it, young, old, yoga teacher to student, Mother to child. Thanks Giselle, your stories bring a light into the world that can be seen by all. XXX

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jamie W.

    Amazon review

    Great book! Teaching yoga to children through stories is so effective.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lis (verified owner)

    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats is a very sweet story for children. It uses yoga as a tool for teaching children how to accept those with differences. Using the colors of the chakras and simple yoga poses that all children can learn, Anna stays true to herself and focused on her own happiness and in so doing, wins over the crowd. I would recommend this book for children even in a non-yoga setting.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle at Capital District Mamas

    I found this to be an awesome story to use with the kids. I run a mom’s group and used this for a presentation at our local library. The story carries such a beautiful message about confidence in yourself and portrays the beauty of uniting a group of people to try something different. The story is so endearing and I found the complimentary yoga poses in this story perfect for the ages engaging, (21/2 – 5). It was fun to ask the kids to bring different colored towels for mats. I’ll be using this book again and again for sure. It’s the most apporpriate listing of yoga exercises to compliment the age range over other stories I have used. Thank you so much for this beautfiul story.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is about a girl called Anna. Anna has a hearing loss that makes her “different” from others. She loves travelling through her imagination. Being herself, she encourages children to be themselves too. She teaches them that difference doesn’t need to separate people, it can unite them, bring them together.

    Thank you, Giselle Shardlow, for sharing this encouraging book – a book full of imagination and fun.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gaileee with YogaKiddos

    I loved how this story turned out and how two people with similar challenges found each other, and then influenced other kiddos
    to join in and accept those with challenges!

    Great yoga book with poses and a wonderful story!

  27. Rated 3 out of 5


    I really loved the story. Also, the message is very heart warming. Just keep doing what you love and hopefully you can turn people around to wanting to try new things.

  28. Rated 4 out of 5


    This was a very nice story filled with lots of kid-friendly yoga poses. It would be great to use in a classroom for indoor recess or in a lesson about acceptance. It was well written and nicely illustrated, very appealing to preschool age children and older.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    Wonderful story introducing yoga to children. I love the message that yoga is truly for everyone.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carrie @ Crafty Moms Share

    We love the story of this book!! My daughter has really enjoyed many of Giselle’s books, but this one is her favorite. I think she really liked the story as well as the rainbow mats. She always tries all the yoga poses with the book. She had so much fun with it and we tried it outside with a yoga mat. She asked if she could have my yoga mat when she becomes an adult. The book tells a wonderful tale and is perfect to get kids interested in yoga.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chiara G. (from Italy)

    Amazon review

    I read this book to my twins, they are 8 years old and they loved it! They think it is wonderful to be able to use imagination and find inner happiness and peace, to cope with peer pressure, to make new friends, they also love the way Anna believed in herself.
    We also appreciate the colorful illustrations.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon review

    Great book for young children. My special education students love it too! Fun poses, user-friendly for first time yoga experiences.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kimberley F.

    The children really love “doing stuff” during their stories…They loved yelling out the color of the yoga mat Anna used each day… they loved acting out her adventures with me as we read each one she went on. They were 3 and 4 years old so when I read the part why Anna couldn’t hear the kids because of her hearing aides, they were like, “Ohhhhh…” and the teachers were shocked/pleased….. All the kids yelled at the end, “Look! A rainbow!”

    I love that fact that I can make the story interactive… we acted out her poses, and I had the kids yell out the colors of the mats.. for a preschool group, they did really well! No disruptive behavior during storytime at all.. which is awesome!

  34. Rated 4 out of 5


    Finding acceptance in this crazy world of ours can be challenging. Giselle Shardlow’s book Anna and Her Rainbow Colored Yoga Mats highlights the challenges of a young girl getting used to a new school and classroom. Adjusting to a new classroom is hard enough for any kid, but for a young girl with a hearing impairment, adjusting can be especially challenging. For Anna, she finds peace and acceptance by sharing her world of yoga with the other children in her class. This delightful story weaves yoga poses throughout, providing the perfect opportunity to share with your child the movements of yoga. What is especially enchanting about this book is how it promotes creative expression and imagination. The yoga poses are not prescribed routines, but instead they are movements that describe imaginative play, which is perfect for any child.

    *I received a review copy from the author free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5


    I absolutely love Kids Yoga Stories! I was so excited when I was offered a copy of this story to use and preview.

    I am a preschool teacher in a Head Start building. My curriculm encompasses so many different things and this story combined a lot of those elements into one! Diversity, disabilities, friendship, and of course yoga for our gross motor actitivies. My class loved the story as well as performing the yoga moves on their own. They will often flip through the book and practice on their own during free play.

    I am so thrilled to have found this website and to have a copy of this story! 5 stars all of the way!!!

  36. Rated 4 out of 5


    This is a lovely story about differences and courage. I truly felt badly for Anna and then admired her tenacity. Ultimately, all the children learned to appreciate each other for their strengths as well as their differences.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    Birgitta H. (from Sweden)

    This is a beautiful book about Anna, a little girl with a hearing loss. The author, Giselle Shardlow, creates an interest about the circumstances around Anna just by not telling the us all about her hearing loss. Anna has a rich inner life that she expresses through her yoga practice. In the book diversity are treated like an access. Curiosity and imagination are two important ingredients in the story. The book is illustrated with beautiful pictures, which also give tips to us for different yoga postures.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda M. (from England)

    Amazon review

    Reading, Yoga and Positive Reinforcement of Messages I want My Children to Hear

    This is a book which is not just about yoga, which doesn’t just get children practicing yoga poses and using their imaginations, but which also gets children thinking about diversity. Anna, whose hearing is impaired, uses her coloured yoga mats to escape to new worlds, to her own little worlds when she starts at a new school. She makes a new friend who joins her on her yoga adventures and together they draw a crowd – introducing others to the art of yoga.

    The book is beautifully illustrated and the yoga poses are clear and explained in such a way that children are excited to give each pose a try. They flap like swimmers, they balance like surfers, they stand tall like mountains and sway like trees.

    I had a very enthusiastic four year old boy around me whilst I was reading Anna’a story to him – and he loved trying out the poses.

    I’ll leave you with my favourite few lines from the book, which positively reinforces the message I am trying to instil in my own children:

    “Every day, she remembered what her mother said. She thought about being happy inside. She tried not to worry that she didn’t fit in or that she was different.”

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sandra (from Australia)

    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Mats is a captivating and beautifully written and illustrated yoga story for children. The story has great fluency and movement and engages the child on so many levels. My son and I have been focusing on learning about “feelings” and this story complimented and consolidated our work perfectly while giving us as beginners, a chance to practice our yoga poses ‘experimentally’ while sharing a giggle. I really liked that this story encourages children be get in touch with their inner self…just another one of the benefits of Yoga! Thank you so much.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gloria B

    This is a wonderful book to share with preschool and early elementary school-aged children. As an occupational therapist who also teaches yoga in a school setting, there are many things I appreciate about this book. The illustrations are wonderful and draw the children in. I appreciate how the story includes yoga poses as well as a lesson about different-ability awareness. I also love the message of “be yourself and appreciate your own talents”. I have shared this book with my students during yoga class and many have asked for it to be read again and again. Thanks so much Giselle Shardlow for writing this book!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Athina (fromGreece)

    Such a beautifully portrayed story about doing what you love no matter what! And how one’s attitude can change another person’s mind. My daughter loves it and so do my little yogi students!!! Thank you Giselle!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dianne Osmun

    This is my favorite book of Giselle’s. The illustrations are beautiful and engaging. I have a 5 year old daughter and I work as a Behavioral Health Intervention Services Provider. Every child that has listened to this story has loved it. Anna’s story of being different strikes a cord with any child. I love her example of grace and self-acceptance in the face of bullying. There are so many wonderful things going on in this story that will benefit all children, who read it. The yoga poses are fun and illustrated nicely. They are easy to follow and flow within the story. This is a book that my daughter and clients have repeatedly asked to listen to again and again. They love it as a story by itself and as a yoga story. It is Amazing.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5


    Goodreads review

    I enjoyed the delightful play of colours & illustrations, which are as much a treat to the eyes as to the spirit.

    Talking of spirit, I loved Anna’s spirit & what her mother told her-

    Be true to yourself, Anna.
    If you want to be happy,
    then you must be happy for others around you.

    Thank you,Giselle Shardlow,for the gift of your book!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle K.

    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats begins with Anna as a new student from the country on her first day of class. She is nervous. The students talk amongst themselves about Anna who is unaware of what the children are saying about her and the mysterious red item in her backpack (a yoga mat). During recess times, Anna takes out her curious things and uses them daily in strange, unusual ways. She started out alone, but soon began to gather a crowd. This book shows that the children stretch together through rain and shine.

    The characters in this story are all school children. Anna, the protagonist, makes her own just choices by bringing her mats to school and practicing yoga whether anyone is watching or not. Her motivation is to be on the move, and healthy. The effect that she has on other children is to motivate, and teach other children about healthy movement. Anna is a quiet girl who is easy to get along with. Anna is a dynamic character. The antagonist in this story is the weather, the city.

    Overall, this book is a refreshing delightful read. It has simple language. This story emphasizes a child’s individualness. This story’s themes are health and friendship. These themes are traditional, and familiar. It is a good read when looking for some energy, determination, and a healthy message. Anna displays pride, and self-worth. Anna’s cheeks are dotted with freckles, which imply a youthfulness, and innocence. She strikes a confident pose. The author’s writing style is informal. At some points in the story the pictures are more heavy set than the text is such as on pages 28 and 29. The author has clearly achieved her purpose in getting children to laugh, and to engage them in movement. The author has also achieved the importance of developing critical creativity in children. Third person point of view is used in this story.

    In addition, what I liked about the story are the references to travelling around the world, the animals, the mats under the trees, and the audience growing bigger, and bigger, and this statement from Anna found on page 25… “I’m happy inside and my dreams have come true!” I feel I can relate to Anna because of the love of outdoors, and the need to achieve a healthy state of body, and mind. I can also identify with feeling nervous on the first day of school.

    Finally, my grandson enjoyed the book because he laughed at the animal references, and he recognized the mats because he has similar puzzle piece play mats in the living room. Furthermore, we did the motions together and I pointed out things to him in the story. Anna is undoubtedly the star of the show, and this story is a winner with us!

    I recommend this book to children ages 2 to 11 looking for an adventurous read. Health practioners, teachers, day-care workers, recreation leaders, and just about any person who works with children would enjoy this book.

    This is an excellent title to read for fun, for motivation, for education, and for a rainy day.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie M.

    What a delightful book!!! Such an upbeat story dealing with an everyday issue for children today and in the future.

    I will definitely use this when I work/teach with several first graders I have been working with this year. The rainbow analogy with the yoga mats is so clever and something my little students will be delighted to realize when they are all on their mats. Also, a wonderful way to bring children of all “makes and models” together in a fun activity without them even realizing what is happening.

  46. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    I am a classroom teacher in a preschool- We spend the first 20 minutes of each day practicing Yoga. I loved this book and will use it to read to the kids. Many of the poses we do are mentioned and shown. The message of being taken away is well explained and the message of acceptance is always a good one to share with children . I also like the benefits of yoga in the forward and plan on sharing this with parents.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura F.

    Amazon review

    This is a delightful book that encourages children to be true to themselves. It is a wonderful story and is a great teaching tool that offers a lesson on diversity, acceptance and learning not to be afraid of what we don’t understand. This book also offers many mini yoga stories throughout and would be a great resource for teachers as they plan class themes. Well done!

  48. Rated 4 out of 5

    Greta W.

    Amazon review

    This is a cute story. It is a nice way to maybe introduce yoga to a class and talk about how it can help with not only strengthening and stretching your body but also how yoga can help you feel stronger on the inside. I think a reference in the back for teachers describing the poses would be nice. And maybe a couple of flow samples for ideas to get started. But overall, the illustrations are good and the story has a nice flow.

  49. Rated 4 out of 5

    Suzanne S.

    Amazon review

    Love this book! It not only shows children that having an imagination is healthy but shows them that not everyone is the same and that being different is ok. The yoga poses and adventures are great for my kids yoga class. My youngest grandchildren will enjoy the adventures on the mat as well.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzanne G.

    Amazon review

    Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats
    is a wonderful story for kids of all ages. It reminds us to be ourselves, and not be afraid to do what you love.
    This books would be appropriate in the classroom setting, children’s yoga class and at home.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle U.

    Amazon review

    What a unique way to teach Yoga to kids using this book. There are lots of Anna’s in this world. This book teaches us to be compassionate towards other people. Be the light for others. I highly recommend this book! I love it!

  52. Rated 4 out of 5

    Andrea C.

    Amazon review

    I am a children’s yoga teacher and early literacy librarian. I like this story very much for yoga classes, as it teaches about following your own path, about diversity, about imagination and perseverance. As a librarian, I like that it teaches colors, as well as numbers. My critical literature reviewer was slightly put off by the addition of the hearing aids (which were previously unmentioned in the story until Nick pointed them out), but the story very much works for the lessons it was meant to teach. Very cute.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    Wonderful story with a slight twist. Many wonderful lessons can be taught with this book as well as Yoga of course. I look forward to using this book in my library story time.

  54. Rated 5 out of 5


    I shared the story of Anna’s school adventure with my daughter’s 2nd grade class. The class and teacher loved it! We explored poses and made it so fun! Thank you for everything! Although I am still teaching adults, the children keep me grounded!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Theresa Gregorcy

    I love the character, Anna. I feel I know her and I admire her parents.

  56. Rated 4 out of 5


    Amazon review

    I really enjoyed the way Giselle presented this unique little girl with her challenges and how she has come to accept them and use yoga as a powerful tool to be strong and help share her talent with her friend all the while he taught her a way to communicate a new way as well. Thank you for creating this beautiful story!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Martina (from Croatia)

    I’ve read your storybook Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats and I really liked it!

    I’m working as a teacher for children with multiple disabilities and I’m doing yoga with some of them (I’ve finished a Kids Yoga Teacher Training (Rainbow Kids Yoga)). This is why I really liked the part when Anna found out that Nick had a hearing impairment like her and when the two of them practiced yoga together. I like the message of the story in the end.

    I would like to use this story with kids I’ll work in the future (next school year), but with little adaptations.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5


    What a beautiful book! Giselle weaves a beautiful story reminding us to stay true to ourselves. Yoga offers the main character(Anna) a healthy transition to a new school. I will be using this story with my own children and the families i work with.

    Maria RECE
    Radiant Child Yoga 1, 2, & 3

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lou Ann Roche (verified owner)

    I am a retired elementary school teacher and recently certified children’s yoga instructor. I have been using
    Giselle’s website for ideas and inspirations but this is the first book I have ordered. I just received it in the mail today and I have to say I love it! It is a beautiful story with a relevant and important message. I can’t wait to use it. I will easily create a lesson around the postures in the book and use its theme of kindness and belonging to include special games and music into the lesson. Thank you, Giselle!

  60. Rated 5 out of 5


    My book has arrived!!! My 7 year old daughter read the story to me and I just reviewed myself! Feedback: Amazing.. To the point.. Interesting.. Beautiful!! I am so excited to share with my upcoming classes..

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alanna Kaivalya

    Amazon review

    Giselle Shardlow crafts a multi-layered story that offers not just the triumphs of a young heroine, but also the benefits of a yoga practice on the young body. Many people have discovered yoga here in the west, and I’m sure many of those practitioners would love to impart some yogic wisdom on their children. Ms. Shardlow has given parents exactly that opportunity. What a gift for young kids today to find a story as rich as this that allows them to participate in a practice that will leave them healthier and more empowered. I highly recommend this book!

  62. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazon review

    I read this book with my two children ages 5 and 9. The fun and animated illustrations kept them focused and interested in what was coming next… Not knowing much about yoga – the illustrations and story inspired us to begin practicing yoga together at home. Giselle does a great job in this book encouraging children and adults to be active and also to always respect everyone’s similarities and differences. I would highly recommend this book!

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Clarke

    Anna and Her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats is a sweet story about a yoga-loving girl with hearing impairment. She shows up at a new school with her yoga mat. Each day she goes on an adventure through yoga poses like cat, horse, duck, palm tree, jaguar, snake, pyramid, sphinx, camel, mountain, and bear. She makes a friend who also has a hearing loss. He starts doing yoga with her, and eventually enough people join in to make a rainbow of yoga mats.

    I teach yoga to kids, and this is a favorite to use in yoga classes. It has colorful pictures to keep the class engaged, a unique story, and the yoga poses are fun for the kids to do along with the book. For younger kids, it teaches colors and numbers. For older kids, it has a beautiful message of being happy inside and true to yourself. I can’t think of a better theme to weave into a kids yoga class!

    Anna and Her Rainbow-Colored Mats is another great story from Giselle Shardlow at Kids Yoga Stories! Check out some of her others too, like Luke’s Beach Day: A Fun and Educational Kids Yoga Story and Sophia’s Jungle Adventure: A Fun and Educational Kids Yoga Story!

    Carolyn Clarke
    Author of Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    J. Runnings “Yoga-Yingo”

    Amazon review

    The book has been such a hit in my kids yoga classes. I love the acceptance children show after first considering things “weird or strange” in the story, so true with society. A great lesson for kids to learn. The pictures are inspiring for the kids to perform the various poses.

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danya (from Australia)

    Amazon review

    This is such a lovely book. It is a story of Anna, a girl who is a little different from the rest, but has an amazing ability to be true to herself. Every recess, she travels an imaginary world, one yoga pose at the time. Anna’s calm confidence rubs off on a boy in her class, and they discover they have something in common, something they can each teach the other, and together they teach the entire class about acceptance and a love of yoga. The yoga poses in this book encourage kids to practise informal, non-competitive yoga. Anna feels safe on her yoga mat, and this book encourages kids around the world to feel safe on their yoga mats too.

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    April Manning

    Wonderfully fresh take on an ancient school of practice!
    Anna and Her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats is a great story for teaching children not only yoga, but also in the learning mix are colors, numbers, different habitats and animals that are found there, and acceptance of diversity. I love how Giselle Shardlow makes every page a learning experience and even adds a plot twist as the reader discovers that yoga is not what makes Anna “different”. Paul Wrangles’s bright and simple illustrations show the yoga poses clearly and add to the easy, down-to-earth theme the book has.
    This book is a great way to encourage children to respect diversity and to try new things! This is a wonderfully fresh take on an ancient school of practice. Nicely done, Giselle Shardlow and Paul Wrangles!

    April Manning
    Author of Neighborwood – Earth Literacy for Kids

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deborah Seary

    Amazon review

    I used this book for my after school club yoga lesson for 5-10 year olds, the story kept the children really engaged and we had a fun time. Some of the children identified very well with the character of Anna and it helped them to express their feelings as we moved through story and postures together.

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tanya Grimes

    I love it! Such a sweet story that will really inspire kids! The story shows yoga as being a place of adventure, exploration, and acceptance/feeling comfortable in your own skin. It made me want to roll out my yoga mat. Connecting the poses to various animals and nature makes it really fun for kids and taps into their active imaginations. The illustrations are beautiful and the book is truly inspiring.

    Tanya Grimes, yogi

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lorelei Richards

    My daughter absolutely loves her present of your amazing books. They were read and enjoyed for hours yesterday and now are center stage on her dresser. They really are amazing!

    Lorelei Richards, mother of 8 year old girl

  70. Rated 5 out of 5


    I thought that it was very interesting and I thought the illustrations were wonderful.

    Olivia, Aged 8

  71. Rated 5 out of 5


    I loved it! It was an interesting story. It was a good moral about being true to yourself.

    Caitlin, Aged 8

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela Moorad

    Here’s what I love about this book:

    LOVE that the two main characters in the book have special needs (hearing loss) and are portrayed in a positive & empowered way!

    It is a moving story of the power of being true to yourself & friendship when being faced with teasing/bullying. Love the positive ending 🙂

    There are 16 yoga poses woven throughout the story with opportunities for more by incorporating poses for other things seen in the background.

    The book has bright colorful illustrations & a nice easy-to-read font size.

    Lots of great vocabulary & descriptive language will make this book fun to use in my work as a SLP 🙂

    Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
    Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    Raelyn Bleharski

    Amazon review

    It is often difficult to find high quality children’s books that are unique, modern and fresh. As the owner of a monthly children’s book subscription service, this is exactly the kind of book we hope to find in our search for the best children’s books. This book is one of those rare gems in the modern-day selection of children’s books and we are happy to include this in our collection. My daughter loved this book and was excited to discuss various aspects of the book when we were done- hearing-impaired children, acceptance of others who are different, and even different yoga positions!

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cassie Knight

    Amazon review

    A beautiful story of a girl and a boys friendship formed during their yoga practice. A fantastic story about adventure, acceptance, friendship and being truly happy! Not only do I use this story in my yoga classes but also at home with my three children aged 3-10 yo. I love this story and so do all the children who I have been lucky enough to share it with. Thank you for sharing your beautiful talent Giselle.

  75. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a wonderful resource for yoga-loving children. I really appreciate the way the author weaves various themes together in her writing, too. For example, Anna, in this story, happens to wear a hearing aid and meets a classmate who knows how to lip read. He offers to teach Anna, suggesting that in turn she teach him yoga. My three-year-old had never heard of a hearing aid before, but she has asked many questions since we started reading this book and I love that she’s learning now, so that the idea won’t be foreign to her when she encounters someone who uses a hearing aid in real life. It’s clear that the mission of Kids Yoga Stories goes beyond simply doing poses – the books enrich children’s lives in many, many ways.

  76. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katie Manitsas

    Giselle is a mother, a yogini, a teacher, and one of the most thoughtful, kind, and fun-loving people I know.

    All of this comes through in her writing for children. Giselle encourages children to think of others, to celebrate diversity, and to move their bodies without feeling self-conscious or competitive.

    Children these days are under more pressure than ever. They feel the sense of competition and pressure to succeed as much as adults. Like adults, children often internalize this stress and do not necessarily express their emotions. However their stress may come out in frustration, anxiety, and even conditions such as asthma and eczema.

    Yoga teaches children to breathe, to relax, to let go, and to step off the treadmill of competition. It can offer valuable techniques for stressful situations and give children tools for conflict resolution, preparing for exams, managing peer-pressure, and making good choices. Introducing yoga to children gives them a valuable foundation for life, a foundation of love, fun, and creativity.

    I hope you like the storybook as much as my sons and I have, and that you enjoy its gentle message.

    Katie Manitsas
    Director, Jivamukti Yoga Sydney
    Author, Yoga Off the Mat and The Yoga of Birth

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Weight 5 oz
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Publication Date

Oct. 26, 2013


147740077X / 9781477400777

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Binding Type

US Trade Paper

Trim Size

8.5″ x 11″




Full Color

Related Categories

Juvenile Fiction, General



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