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ABC Yoga

Author: Christine Engel | Illustrators: Christine Engel

Crawl like a crocodile, stretch like a fox, and hop like a grasshopper. Discovering basic yoga poses as you learn the alphabet. Enjoy yourself. Stretch out and have fun with ABC Yoga!!

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From Head to Toe

Author: Eric Carle | Illustrators: Eric Carle

Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive board book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Join the giraffes, monkeys, donkeys, seals, and more for a frolicking, fun adventure!

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Knees Lifted High

Author: Georgia Perez | Illustrators:Patrick Rolo & Lisa A. Fifield

In Knees Lifted High, the second book, Rain That Dances introduces his best friend, Thunder Cloud, to Mr. Eagle, who encourages the boys to be physically active every day. Mr. Eagle shows how fun physical activity can be.

Resource used in Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

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Potter the Otter

Author: Shalini Singh Anand | Illustrators: Kate Chuang

Potter the Otter knows that making the right choices can help you grow up to be healthy inside and out. He teaches kids that it’s important to drink water, eat fruits and vegetables, and get exercise and regular checkups so they can be their best and succeed in school. Follow along as Potter demonstrates fun ways to be healthy every day!

Choosing water: Potter knows it's best to drink refreshing water instead of sugary soda or juice.

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Running Is Totally For Me

Author: Cassie Celestain| Illustrators: Bobby Fasel

The story features a determined girl, Madi, who tries several sports in search for what truly inspires her. She calls on her friends to help her through the process, but ultimately stands firm in choosing what brings her joy.

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Author: Becky Osborn | Illustrator: Erica Neitz

Ages: 3-8

Shapesville is a small town where five friends of various shapes, sizes, colors and talents honor what makes each of them unique. In Shapesville you learn, "It’s not the size of your shape, or the shape of your size, but the size of your heart, and that deserves first prize. So be proud of your body, any size or shape will do. Be proud of your body because YOU are a STAR too!" 

Resource used in All 4 Kids; Extension

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Through the Eyes of the Eagle

Author: Georgia Perez | Illustrators: Patrick Rolo & Lisa A. Fifield

Through The Eyes of The Eagle introduces Rain That Dances, a young boy who discovers an unhappy eagle. Mr. Eagle is tearful because many of the people in the community are developing type 2 diabetes. The wise eagle reminds the boy of his ancestors’ healthy ways.

Resource used in Center for Disease Control & Prevention.

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TV Moves Me

Author: Rosann Ohlund Englebretson | Illustrator: Patricia Ohland Abbott | Edited by: Madeleine Sigman-Grant

With the help of the talking TV, the Couch Family learns that you can stay active even while watching television.

Resource used in All 4 Kids; Extension.

Lindsay, A. 2020, Children's Books About Energy Balance & Physical Activity, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP

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