Emily’s Day in the Desert (English)

Rated 4.81 out of 5 based on 64 customer ratings
(64 customer reviews)


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+.

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64 reviews for Emily’s Day in the Desert (English)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Giselle Shardlow’s story incorporates the desert biome with yoga moves. This very engaging story is about a little girl and her family exploring the desert. Being from the Northeast, I thought this book gave my daughter an idea about this habitat. The illustrations and story are realistic. Besides using it at home, as a Primary Montessori teacher, this book is perfect for an introduction to the desert. Highly recommend for teachers and parents!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Paule Baker

    This is an awesome kids yoga book!!!! Highly recommended it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is an engaging story matched with fun yoga poses. My students loved copying the movements during the story and later without the story. Having a digital copy allowed me to save a copy of the book in iBooks and project it onto the screen for all the children to see clearly.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kathy devereux/muddy feet daycare

    Emily,s day in the desert was a fun and engaging book. I read it with my daycare children( ages 1-4).They learned a lot about desert climate and animals. They were looking for the next pose as much as they were
    Looking for the next animal. I would definitely recommend it for a small group setting.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    School PT

    Delightful story and illustrations. I use with my students and I love how the story draws them in and they are excited to try the different yoga poses throughout the book.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo Owens

    This is an adventurous yoga story about Emily and her parents taking a trip to the desert. What we liked best about this book was that we learnt heaps about the how hot and dry deserts can be, as well as all the wonderful animals that live in the Death Valley. We loved being able to do all the yoga poses too, like the rattlesnake, tortoise and road runner. These books are excellent for learning through movement. It is a beautifully written and illustrated book.

  7. Rated 1 out of 5


    I love the concept of educating by theme( in this instance the desert) as well as by yoga poses. I also really like the key at the end.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    Emily’s Day in the Desert was wonderfully written and illustrated. This easy to follow book allows children to learn about the desert with a family, while looking for specific items to a desert. The yoga poses are fun and placed exactly at the right moments in the book to keep children engaged and moving. The book has many details yet allows for the child to ask additional questions. The teaching instructions are very clear, while allowing for a classrooms own individuality. Love this book!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    As a yogateacher for children and as a teacher trainer I can recommend this book. The kids get dragged into this story while doing yoga exercises. By following Emily’s adventure, they do a complete yoga workout.
    Besides that the book has great pictures, the artwork is done well.

    We also use Luke’s beach day and Sophia’s Jungle adventure on a regular base. I guess this book will be used as much as well.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Callie Tourigny

    This Kids Yoga book by Giselle is not only wonderfully educational in terms of both facts about the desert (Death Valley) and the animals/reptiles that could be seen there, it also welcomes a participatory role in being part of the experience and lesson with the yoga poses that are performed with the story. As a K8 science instructor and yoga instructor who teaches kids yoga as well, I absolutely love this story and hope parents and teachers will use purchase this book so that their children/students can discover this fantastic gift that Giselle is sharing . . . the gift of learning and practicing yoga!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Deb G

    Another wonderful book by Giselle Shardlow! I love the story of the cute young girl who is visiting Death Valley with her family. I love the illustrations and how she brings yoga poses in the midst of the story. My Pre-K classroom of children will love this book. They LOVE all of her other books. The illustrations are beautiful done. I recommend this to any classroom or home.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joanne Cardamone

    This is yet another wonderful book by Giselle Shardlow. The story is a wonderful adventure and each section has a yoga pose relating to what has just been read. This really engages my daughter as we read the book and lets us think more about the scenery and the animals. The illustrations are great. I love that these books are always so family orientated.

    The great thing about her books are there’s also guidance notes so that you can understand the yoga movements and do them all correctly. I love how interactive this book is.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    I am a yoga instructor and used this book for kids ages 6 to 9. They learned what could be seen in Death Valley and did the corresponding poses. Some of the students even created variations of the poses! Highly recommended, educational and fun for the students 😉

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle R.

    Great yoga book for children!!! The story and illustrations are terrific. Not only are the children learning the yoga poses but they also get to learn about the location and animals in the story. I read Giselle Shardlow’s books during yoga class with preschoolers and I’m always excited to see how much they enjoy them! This is a must have for teachers, parents and children’s yoga instructors!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5


    My first Kids Yoga stories book. Simply beautifully illustrated.
    Loved the story line. I’m UK based and so Death Valley seemed a bit scary, but it meant that we could get an atlas out and look where in the world such a place is.
    Great suggestions of yoga poses and flow of story. Will definitely use to lead young children’s sessions. It was fun to look for the hidden road runner on the pages and super for encouraging the little ones to investigate further and write check lists.
    I particularly liked the family spending quality time together chatting and relaxing together.
    A very useful resource for teachers and parents.
    Will definitely be purchasing more books by Giselle.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katharine Black

    Another fantastic story by Giselle Shardlow! It follows the story of Emily and her family going on an adventure, looking out for the animals and scenes of the beautiful american desert, with key parts of that environment then reflected into a yoga pose demonstrated on each page. The way that each pose is woven into the story and then demonstrated by the main character Emily makes it a wonderfully easy way for children of all ages to copy the yoga poses and to also remember them as part of a context for later use.

    Giselle Shardlow’s yoga books are a great way for family to connect through movement. My children always attempt to copy my yoga movements so using her books as a tool to teach them the correct terminology as well as encouraging them to remember the poses through memorable scenes gives me the confidence that they are learning this important physical skill in a fun and positive way.

    The illustrations are beautiful and my children love being able to independently select any of the series and either just enjoy the story and pictures for what they are or to take the time and energy to practice beautifully strengthening movements.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle Healey

    Michelle Healey from South Africa says, not knowing anything about the “Death Valley”, I found the book educational and fun.
    I love the unusual animals introduced in the book, like the scorpion, roadrunner and sand dunes. My children loved looking for the roadrunner on each page. I found the yoga movements flowing.
    Thank you Giselle for the wonderful yoga support and books, it brings special bonding time for me and my children.

  18. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sandee McNally

    Cute story about a family vacation to Death Valley and all the animals they saw along the way. Emily has a checklist of animals she hopes to see along the way and the story unfolds as she finds the animals. Cute illustrations with factual information mixed in about the desert and its animals. Emily’s search for a roadrunner adds a fun hide and seek flavor to the story as it eludes her at almost every turn. Yoga poises are displayed in an easy to follow format with Emily showing the poses. More detailed descriptions are listed at the back of the book.
    Cute and interactive story with an underlying foundation of close family interaction between Mom, Dad and Emily.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    A wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated story about a young girl, Emily, who goes on vacation with her parents and visits Death Valley. Along the way, Emily is able to see many of the animals that are at home in the desert. The reader is invited to explore and learn, while linking movement and breath through corresponding yoga poses with each of Emily’s animal discoveries. Each pose is highlighted in a circle near the animal it relates to; and as a guide, details are provided for each pose at the back of the book. Ms. Shardlow brilliantly connects learning with imagination and movement that keeps the reader(s) interested and engaged. This is a delightful story!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dee McLaughlin


    This is another wonderful book by Giselle Shardlow. The story is about a family’s journey into the desert southwest. Reading this gives children a chance to connect with the geography and the animals as they practice common yoga poses.The watercolor illustrations are gorgeous and fill the entire page so you feel like you’re really in a new place. No experience in teaching or practicing yoga is necessary to use these books. How to do each pose is clearly explained. These books are appropriate for use in school, recreational, and home settings.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nik haley

    I used this book with 12 7/8 year olds. They all enjoyed the different poses and enjoyed the story. The story has some great poses and it is really fun. I would definitely recommend this book.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Erin O’Neill

    As an elementary school teacher, yoga teacher and parent, I would highly recommend this book. Personally, I love to travel, and professionally, I love books that inspire children to explore our world and discover the amazing creatures and landscapes near and far. In a clever, yet subtle way, this book promotes healthy physical activity, positive relationships between humans and nature, and opens doors to further exploration (particularly yoga, science, and geography)

    The storyline (which is explained in other reviews, so I won’t repeat) is very engaging, as most children are intrigued with insects, animals and nature. As a teacher, I used the SmartBoard in my classroom to project each page and the beautifully illustrated life-sized images were so real for the children (a class of 23 four and five year-olds!). I dramatically read the story to my class, and the students enjoyed doing each pose with me; when it was time for the next page, I used a signal to cue the end of the pose and the children eagerly awaited the next page to see what was in store for them! We felt like we were travelling along in this adventure with Emily in Death Valley!

    The actual book would be great for parents cuddling with their child (or children) on a carpet or grass, and then having fun together with each yoga pose. Speaking of parents, the author has done a wonderful job of explaining each pose to parents at the back of the book, with excellent illustrations and simple cueing for how to do the pose – not something I would read to the children, but handy to familiarize yourself and learn how get into the poses, if you don’t have a yogic background. Also, you will find a good Parent-Teacher Guide following the pose illustrations that has excellent tips on how to get the most out of doing yoga with young children.

    As an elementary teacher, I have seen the many positive effects that yoga has on young children. It is calming, provides physical activity and teaches children to be mindful of themselves and others. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children or is a parent (or grand-parent). I am very excited to share more of Giselle Shardlow’s stories with my young students, in fact, I have suggested that our school librarian purchases this book and others in the series so that our students can take them home to share with their parents!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mindy Wood

    I have used Giselle Shardlow’s books in my kids yoga classes that I teach and the kids really connect with them. I’m also an OT and like to use the books and yoga poses as sensory/movement breaks. Yoga is a wonderful way to work on balance, coordination, reflex integration and calming/focus. The kids love looking for the yoga pose and the combination of reading/looking at the book and doing the yoga pose, really seems to keep their attention. I plan to use this one with a vacation/camping theme and can’t wait to share it with the kids. The yoga poses are clearly explained in the back of the book and a small illustration, highlighted in a circle, shows each one on the corresponding page. The yoga poses follow a nice sequence and end with resting poses. This book is the perfect combo of yoga, reading, nature and special family vacations!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jana Wynnik

    Tried it with special needs preschool kiddos and they enjoyed it. I use yoga regularly in these classroom …

    Very cute book! Tried it with special needs preschool kiddos and they enjoyed it. I use yoga regularly in these classroom and the children are extremely visual learners and respond very well to these books!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book was the first from the yoga story series that I have experienced and I am only dissapointed that I haven’t got a hold of them earlier. I work with preschoolers and part of the curriculum is to intergrate yoga. My director purchased a yoga curriculum that was very traditional and the images are black and white, very uninspiring. This book was so much fun to do with my kiddos,the poses were easy to do and understand, the pictures were bright and colorful, and my students could relate to the child in the story. This is the type of yoga curriculum that should be in a preschool classroom. I read the book to the class first during circle time, then together we went though the poses. Next time I want to record myself reading the story so I can play it while doing the yoga poses, it will help cue me in to when we need to do the poses and the children can make the connection between the story and the yoga poses we are learning. Once we have the pose sequence memorized we can listen to dessert sounds while preforming the movements. The story also contains geography facts, science, nature, and culture elements that fit right into the school curriculum. This is going to be the first of many books that I use in my classroom, thanks for making yoga so fun and educational.

  26. Rated 4 out of 5


    Death Valley sounds fascinating! It made me want to learn more about it, and I’m sure most readers will be similarly inspired. The illustrations are very appealing. I like the fact that they are in muted tones rather than bright colors. I wish all (or at least most) of the yoga positions were clearly relate-able to the storyline. The ones that are clearly connected mean so much more to the kids, I find.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5


    As a school counselor, I teach yoga and mindfulness to students in kindergarten through 8th grade. My kindergarten and first grade students enjoyed the story and illustrations in Emily’s Day in the Desert. The suggested accompanying yoga poses sparked their imaginations and tied in nicely with the story. Some of the poses were quite challenging for the students but they persevered (and giggled).

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marta Gil

    I was very excited to learn that Giselle Shardlow wrote another “Yoga for Kids” book.
    I own all of her books and use them often for kids’ classes. My students are always very excited when they discover that we’re having a “yoga book” class. It’s always lots of fun, and we learn so much. This time, Shardlow decided to send us to Death Valley in the United States, and introduce to us some of its inhabitants.
    “Emily’s Day in the Desert” is a beautifully illustrated story about a family trip to Death Valley. Shardlow masterfully weaves a sequence of 15 yoga poses into the narrative. The sequence consists of some balancing asanas, forward- and back-bends, relaxation poses, and a simple breathing exercise. Each posture represents an element of the Death Valley’s landscape, or an animal that you can find there. We meet a scorpion, a hawk, a bighorn sheep and a roadrunner among many others. Young yogis have an opportunity not only to stretch, balance and relax, but also learn some facts about the region they “visit” within the course of this book.
    Besides the actual story, there are descriptions of all the postures presented in the book, and a Parent-Teacher Guide. The story can be enjoyed by 5 year-old yogis as well as 10 year-olds. I love Giselle Shardlow’s books for their versatility. You can read (and practice) the story the way it is, or get inspired for a similar story of your own. Her stories are great discussion starters, and engage the reader in a variety of ways. I would highly recommend it not only for children’s yoga teachers, but also for school-teachers and parents to practice together with their children.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is a lovely sweet adventure for children. It is fun and active and the story line is interesting and full of colorful descriptions to keep children actively engaged. It depicts a very positive family relationship. The book includes both yoga poses, relaxation and breathing exercises following the logic structure of a yoga class and all its components. It includes a very useful list of yoga poses that is teacher and parent friendly, particularly for people with little or no experience in yoga. The guide to practice the poses is extremely useful to remind experienced teachers and help non experienced to practice in a safe way. I really enjoyed this book, the story is great for kids yoga and the illustrations are detailed and very beautiful.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great book! I teach yoga to tiny yogis and they were entertained by the story and really enjoyed doing the poses to match the pictures. This book complements our yoga curriculum and will definitely be in our rotation. I look forward to using more of Giselle’s stories in my class.

  31. Rated 4 out of 5


    This is the first yoga story in the form of a book that I have used.
    Pictures and Format
    The images are beautiful water colours and soft on the eye. This is great for young children as it does not overload their sensory systems and makes it easier to take in the information on the page. One image and one part of the story takes up the whole double page spread. This approach is great for reading with young children as it means whilst exploring the page you have just read, they don’t become distracted by what is going on in the other page! There is great use of perspective and different angles – we especially like the page with the tortoise!
    The text does not over shadow the image and the main character does the asana on each page. The asanas to perform on each page were in a different font and colour. This was a great idea but unfortunately we found it hard to read.
    From an early years teacher perspective, the information embedded within the story is a great tool for opening a child’s view and broadening knowledge about the world. Children are very curious and love finding out about other places around the world, especially those different to their own! Coming from England in a region which is usually wet and cold, this is quite a contrast. Children absorb interesting information, so to have a story based in reality which co-insides with movement, will enable a child to have a multimodal experience which supports learning (they gain a ‘muscular memory’ through interaction with the book). It is quite long for younger children.
    There is a parent teacher guide included which is most useful.
    Isolation of the images at the end of the story also help to bring flow to a yoga sequence for children once they are familiar with the story and can work towards retelling it themselves with use of the asanas. The postures listed have the page numbers next to them which is helpful to refer to. As a yoga sequence it flows very well.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5


    Emily’s Day in the Desert, in the USA
    Emily and her parents enjoy vacation in the desert. She has prepared her travel and takes note about what she is watching and about the research she can do after.
    They take time to oberve, to play, to look the sunset, to snugll up.
    A lot of details are drawn. It is a good way to observe all these details, in mindulness. Some Yoga poses are associated.
    As a Kids Yoga Teacher, I often use the animals of the desert for Yoga poses.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5


    Ms. Shardlow’s new book is wonderful! The story is engaging, the pictures are easy to see and understand, and the yoga poses go great with the story! I can’t wait to use it in my children’s yoga classes and read it to my own kids too!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Caroline Atkinson

    This is another delightful story by Giselle Shardlow. The art work is also superb and flows well with the storyline. I believe it is just right for the recommended age group. There are minimal words to read, but enough to capture the audiences interest and imagination. The corresponding poses match beautifully. My Australian 5-7 year old class would get right into it as we have plenty of desert here.
    Thank you Giselle.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5


    As a yoga teacher, mom & former school teacher I really appreciate the format of the book; both enjoyable for children to experience & clear for parents/teachers to adapt or teach the poses. The story was adorable & the chosen poses were ones that could be modified if needed, but simple enough to be memorable & easy for most children to remember after the book was finished. What I liked most though is the main character & her family, they reminded me of one of my daughter’s favorite books, one where my daughter can identify not only with yoga but with a little girl who looks similar to her. Representation in yoga & children’s books matter!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5


    Nice easy manner; learn about life in the desert along with positive family values, and mindfulness through simple yoga activty throughout the story. Awesome pictoral view of life in the desert.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5


    Hooray for the Desert!! As a desert dweller, our environment is fertile ground for imaginative and mirror image yoga poses especially for younger yogis. My PreK class took off on embellishing the story with other desert residents (animals, critters, and various cacti) and creating poses after the first reading. This story also supported our growing vocabulary, e.g. “intensely” and “scuttling.” Thank you for another wonderful kids yoga storybook to introduce children to other ways of seeing, moving their bodies, adventuring to new places, an example of family life that may be different than their own, and to continue to learn about nature’s bounty. This is a lovely book for parents and children to explore together, and also for teachers that may or may not be familiar with yoga poses (or the desert). Emily as the model for the poses is relatable for the children. The illustrations in “Emily’s Day in the Desert” are beautiful and captivating as well! Perhaps one day it will be bilingual (English/Spanish)?

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leslie N

    Read it with a 1st grade student and loved the selection and sequence of poses. The student loved the story and I loved the fact that she got a great workout! Thanks Giselle, for another great book. Beautiful illustrations too.

  39. Rated 5 out of 5


    Emily’s Day in the Desert
    Book Review

    I love this new Desert Yoga book as it is geared around nature and animals. The illustrator’s use of watercolor puts you in each scene, which my students wouldn’t get to experience. They will also enjoy searching for the roadrunner hidden throughout the book. I have many boys that will love the animals and will likely perform better.

    It models good family interaction and communication just as her other books do. It is special as all parents should spend more time with their children – especially outdoors.

    As with all of her books, Giselle incorporates yoga poses with corresponding pictures. This is nice as it is Emily is doing the modeling in each illustration. It is beneficial to early readers that each picture has a word color coded in the story so students can make predictions of what is coming next.

    It is very peaceful with simple text so you can focus on the yoga or describing each scene, etc.

    I anticipate we’ll use this book repeatedly and with a wide variety of possible follow-up activities or expansions to add more poses. I can see more males creating their own yoga sequences with stories involving reptiles. I also love how Emily makes note of things to research further!

    The list of poses near the end will be great for follow up Occupational Therapy sessions or for those shorter in length or for those students who need more practice. The parent teacher guide offers important yet not cumbersome information.

    This book makes a great addition to my seasonal and other yoga books by Giselle.

    I love the motivational ways to combine movement and learning and adding social/emotional strengths for the benefit of all of my students.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michelle Kafka

    Author: Giselle Shardlow
    Illustrator: Vicky Bowes
    Pgs. 48
    Genre: Children’s
    Ages: 4-7
    Title: Emily’s Day In The Desert:

    The desert may be a dry, hot, almost barren piece of land, but the cover to Giselle Shardlow’s new book “Emily’s Day In The Desert” shows a bit different scene in where a child is quite happily demonstrating a yoga pose.
    Three animals are shown who seem to be interested in what the child is doing. The sun is peeking just behind the mountains.
    Vegetation lingers, and rocks are scattered about. The colours used to illustrate the cover blend between light, and dark while the majority of colour used is a brown sandy colour.
    The illustrations are simple in design.

    The story is set in Death Valley. It begins by mother and daughter standing in the desert with a lesson taught by the mother.
    The family members venture on to have breakfast together, and meet some animals along the way. The little girl’s enthusiasm, and eagerness is quite apparent. Travel is on foot, and by jeep.
    Emily carries around a journal with her checking things off on her list. With all her heart there is one thing she wishes to see the most!
    The little girl takes photos to remind her of the adventure. The story wraps up in the evening with the family resting.

    Emily’s Day In The Desert encompasses subjects such as science, geography, movement, visualization, imagination, photography, animals, and air pollution. Yoga poses vary from the Cat Pose to the Pigeon Pose.
    Kids are able to identify with the characters. It is meant for the 4-7 year old group. Short sentences, and simple language make up the structure.
    I recommend this book to kids, parents, yoga lovers, teachers, doctors, groups, classrooms, libraries, and music/dance studios.
    My favourite part of the book is all the diverse animals. They are not your ordinary animals.
    The book comes with instructions, and a parent-teacher guide. The book is informative, and educational, and has many great themes.


    Cover: 5
    Storyline: 5
    Illustrations: 5
    Unity And Originality: 5

    Reviewed by Michelle Kafka, Thursday, March 23, 2017

  41. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is adorable! I love the theme…there aren’t too many books out there about the desert. Although the story is simple, it introduces lots of new vocabulary and has tons of opportunities for yoga. Kids will learn a lot from this book (I know I did), and will have fun while learning. The illustrations really add to the desert theme of the story. This is a great addition to anyone’s library!

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    Debra Ercole

    Emily’s Day in The Desert takes the children out into nature to explore the beautiful scenery of the desert and also to connect with the creatures of the desert. They will connect with these creatures by pretending that they are them as they do each Yoga pose. So much fun!! Emily is very enthusiastic about her trip to the desert and that keeps the children focused and interested in the story. The teacher’s guide and the definitions of the Yoga poses makes it easy for parents, trachers or anyone to use! Great book!

  43. Rated 4 out of 5


    A superb movement theme book by Giselle Shardlow! The story is adorable. My JK/SK/Gr 1 students enjoyed the story and illustrations. I used the story for learning and stretching with my students. We have been following Ms. Shardlow’s style for sometime now. They enjoy her yoga moves and connections. Dancer Pose is a challenge for some of the students. But we were able to accommodate those with difficulties. I recommend this book for physical education teachers, classroom teachers, special education teachers and parents at home!

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    Leslie Viente

    I have enjoyed following Giselle Shardlow and her blog, Kids Yoga Stories. I teach Junior Kindergarten and also an after school yoga club and incorporate many of her themes and yoga cards in both classes. This is the first book I have read and I really enjoyed it. I liked the story line and how yoga poses were naturally woven into the story. Children love learning facts and in this story they are able to learn about Death Valley and animals of that region. Children learn best by “doing” and in this story they are able to listen, learn and move! I look forward to reading more books by Giselle and introducing them to my class.

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jodi Barasky

    Giselle has written another great book! I teach Physical Education and incorporate yoga into my Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes. The story is beautifully written and the illustrations are gorgeous. My students love all of Giselle’s previous books and I know will love this one too! Thank you, Giselle for giving me a great resource to bring literacy into my P.E. classes.

  46. Rated 4 out of 5

    krist fox

    Beautifully Illustrated! As a kids yoga teacher, I think this book would be best suited for kids 3-5 years old. The words/ movement are pretty simple. Would be fun to add an Eye Spy game to the story – using the pictures of the Desert Animals thru out the yoga studio.

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lisa P

    Another great book from Giselle Shardlow. It’s a well illustrated book that the children find easy to follow. For the older children, I think that the book provides a great opportunity for the children to anticipate what pose comes next, according to the narrative, to demonstrate the pose and then see the pose illustrated in the book. The children will also be intrigued to find out about a place called ‘Death Valley’ and I envisage quite a lively discussion as to why it is called that way! There are a good variety of poses too! I love the pose guide at the end of the book too, making it accessible for use at home, as well as in a more structured children’s yoga class. Thanks a lot!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5


    As a Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher, I highly recommend this book for parents/guardians and yoga teachers! A great way to engage children in yoga by exploring a specific time of theme that children can identify an understanding of. There is a helpful chart in the back that explains how to do the poses along visuals. In addition, there is a great parent-teacher guide that offers helpful hints for integrating into the yoga class and in the home. Definitely worth purchasing!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Steain

    Another awesome children’s book by Giselle. My preschool yogis loved this story even though we live in Australia.
    They loved acting out Emily’s day.
    I would recommend this book to keep children engaged and happy either at home or in a yoga group.

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cammie Alexander

    “Emily’s Day in the Desert” is the latest story written by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories. Emily, along with her Mom and Dad, enjoy a family vacation in Death Valley. Emily comes prepared to the desert with a checklist of animals she wants to see. My favorite part of the book is the picture icon of the yoga pose that corresponds to a key word from the text. I also enjoyed the different environmental elements in the book, such as, the salt flats and the sliding rocks. As an Occupational Therapist in the schools and private practice, my students can explore these textures that match the environments in the story. This book also has a cute sense of humor to it. I giggled at the picture of Mom and Dad doing poses on the sand dunes! Additional resources are provided at the end of the book to clarify the different yoga poses and further guide parents and teachers.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jolanta Kolodziejski

    Great book with many teaching opportunities. From teaching science, social studies, vocabulary, sequencing, and incorporating yoga this book has it all. Great book to use in any classroom. Even though is for kids up to age 7, I think even kids as old at 10 and 11 may enjoy reading it and doing yoga at the same time.
    I love teaching with yoga and my students love it too.

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Aigner

    I am a first grade teacher. I do yoga everyday 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 Elma Primary say….This book is awesome!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5


    These books never disappoint!!!
    It’s fun way for them to take a trip to the desert, quiet their bodies and learn yoga poses!!!
    I read and teach from them all the time.
    These books are my “go to”. I teach almost 30 classes a week – 300 kids.
    The kids are always interested and when class is over i feel like it was a successful class!!!!!! Thank you – keep writing!!!!!

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joie Scott

    Emily’s Day in the Desert is a simple story about Emily’s family vacation with her parents in the Death Valley Desert in the United States

    This newest book written by Giselle Shardlow exposes even the youngest yogi to an often little known natural environment teeming with life and beauty. The clear and distinctive illustrations by Vicky Bowes invite children to experience and identify the desert and its inhabitants through the suggested yoga poses.

    Many possible yoga themes can be pulled from this lovely story: family relationships, animal diversity, desert environment, gratitude, respect for nature.

    I look forward to sharing this book with my library yoga students ages 4-9.

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr. Wilna Dirkse van Schalkwyk

    Emily’s Day in the Desert
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a teacher I am always on the lookout for more yoga stories and “Emily’s Day in the Desert” is already a favourite.
    The book’s appearance is attractive and invites the reader to join in the story.The author uses fabulously descriptive adjectives. These not only help illustrate the story but will also surely help to build the children’s vocabulary.
    Already on page 1 the story is placed in the location of the desert. By placing the story in the desert children are introduced to more exotic kinds of animals and not just the “run of the mill”. The accompanying yoga poses were well chosen and applied in very creative ways. The story also includes descriptions of surrounding nature such as the haze blown in from the cities (creating awareness of air pollution) and interesting info on the sliding rocks.
    The animals/actions represented by the suggested yoga poses are easily visible in the text, through bold coloured words. A summary of all the animals as well as aspects of nature referred to in the book are provided on 2 adjacent pages at the end of the story. This helps the teacher to remind the children of the animals and poses they learned about. I also find the list of yoga poses and their descriptions very useful (“how to practice the yog poses”).
    I definitely recommend “Emily’s Day in the Desert” as an excellent yoga story book.

  56. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great resource! Good story of a family’s adventures through the desrt with lovely pictures and corresponding yoga poses. Easily adapted to your class group with useful teacher – parent resources about the poses and a guide for use at the end of the book. Highly recommended as an engaging way to get some yoga and creativity into your classroom

  57. Rated 5 out of 5


    I teach weekly yoga classes to pre-schoolers and frequently use Giselle Shardlow’s work in the classroom. The kids always enjoy the fun stories, illustrations and poses. This book is right on par. Emily’s Day in the Desert is a great tool to practice postures as well as learn about desert wildlife and the natural geography. I LOVE the ‘List of Yoga Poses for Kids’ and the ‘How to Practice Yoga Poses’ pages at the end of the book. They are great reference materials that really simplify the poses for any parent or teacher. You don’t need to be a certified yoga instructor or have any yoga training to utilize and enjoy Giselle’s books.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natalie Nobrega

    Fantastic read and great illustrations my kids loved the yoga poses and the story. The tips at the back are great too.

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mary Montague

    Excellent, creative children’s book with easy-to-follow yoga poses to incorporate into the story. Perfect for any teacher, parent, caregiver, or Grandparent to do with a child or group of children. The adult will read the story and the child will enthusiastically act out the story through the given movements. The book encourages new learning, exploration, and mindful movement. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely use it with my students (toddlers – 2nd graders) and my nieces and nephews; it’s sure to be a hit!

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy C.

    Another FABULOUS movement theme book by Giselle Shardlow!!! The setting and story are interesting: a little girl with her family is visiting Death Valley. I teach 1st grade and they really loved looking for the roadrunner on each page. I love incorporating yoga into our classroom literature. Time and again my students beg to have her books read so they can practice their poses. I love the way she incorporates facts in her books also. Learning while having fun!

  61. Rated 5 out of 5


    Beautiful, resourceful and fun. Giselle keeps up the good work.

  62. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is perfect for parents, teachers and yoga instructors seeking to bring fun and creativity into their kids yoga sessions. What a great story. My kids (age 6 and 8) love love it. Thank you Giselle for your creativity and dedication to making yoga fun.

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annelise Dent

    Another amazing story from Giselle Shardlow. The children love that the poses resemble the animals, and nature described in the story. The book is beautifully illustrated; the text flows easily from page to page; the geographical information included is very informative which makes this a wonderful learning and movement story. I love the information/detailed description of each pose at the end of the book, and the Parent/Teacher Guide which encourages and informs.

  64. Rated 5 out of 5


    Another GREAT movement theme book by Giselle Shardlow!!! The story line is really cute: a little girl with her family is visiting Death Valley. She takes her notebook to check off all that she sees 🙂 A playful illustration/storyline is watching for the roadrunner who is just out of sight on every page…My students LOVED that play!!! I use the story for stretching and learning. The kids in my groups are very familiar with Ms Shardlow’s style…They LOVE her books and ask to hear it again so that they can show their yoga moves. We were all definitely challenged by Dancer Pose…my students are resourceful so the ones that couldn’t stand and do it found a chair or sat on the floor :))) The illustrations are wonderful and the kids could identify with the characters. Great story, awesome yoga flow, and highly recommended for any classroom or home !!!

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