My First Animal Moves by Darryl Edwards

My thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources, for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for My First Animal Moves by Darryl Edwards. It’s my pleasure to share both my review and a very special giveaway with you.

My First Animal Moves

Nathan loves to play, but he loves his video games more.

Can a trip to Animal Moves land convince him there’s more fun outdoors? Best-selling author and speaker Darryl Edwards has created this fun adventure inspired by his passion for encouraging kids to move in an ever-increasing sedentary environment.


Discover the joys of animal moves with your little cubs in this first book of movement. Join Nathan and his cute, but sometimes lazy, dog as they crawl, jump and balance their way through the animal kingdom re-enacting moves designed to emphasise fun. It’s all in this exercise for kids book that focuses on family fun boredom busters.


✓ Do you want to make physical activity for kids fun?

 Are you looking for ways to help your children develop strength, coordination and balance?

✓ Do your children love learning about animals?

 Are you worried about too much TV and screen time?

✓ Do you want to teach young children about the importance of physical activity?

✓ Would you like easy and fun fitness games to include in your day?

My First Animal Moves is your answer. Play along together, keeping everyone healthier and happier, promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being. You’ll all release more mood-enhancing hormones as a result, which help you feel good every day.

It’s written by professional movement coach and award-winning author Darryl Edwards who is best known for his groundbreaking TED Talk “Why working out isn’t working out“, viewed over a million times worldwide. My First Animal Moves distils the ideas in his bestselling Animal Moves book and Animal Moves Fitness Decks into a colourful picture book for children.

A Children’s Book to Encourage Kids and Their Guardians to Move More, Sit Less and Decrease Screen Time.

This unique story takes a different stance to many popular titles in this arena, with a fun activity that encourages children’s active play while aiming to get families moving and reading together. It takes the humour and colour in kids’ yoga books such as Breathe Like a Bear by Kira WilleyYoga Bug by Sarah Jane Hinder, and You Are a Lion by TaeeunYoo to a whole new energy level with active play for the entire family.

Get My First Animal Moves to help your family thrive through movement today.

My Review of My First Animal Moves

Nathan prefers to stay inside playing video games.

At last! I’ve been waiting for a children’s book to arrive that features a child of colour so prominently rather than as a secondary character or as an illustration in the background. Here Nathan is at the forefront and it’s just delightful to see.

My First Animal Moves is a super children’s book. Certainly it tackles the modern issue of children being addicted to screens, but Darryl Edwards does it so effectively. He weaves in activity so cleverly that any child reading this book or having it shared with them will want to emulate the activities meaning that My First Animal Moves encourages a healthy lifestyle without preaching.

I loved the fact that activity comes through reference to a range of animals so that young children can learn about the environment and the animal kingdom whilst becoming more active within their own lives. There’s a lovely touch of humour with Lola too making for a fun read.

Alongside the written content, the illustrations are glorious, showing children the moves they need to make to be like the animals.

Simple in concept but packed with practical content, My First Animal Moves is a simply smashing book for children – and the adults in their lives. I think the book has value not just in the home, but in the full range of educational settings too. It’s great.


Win a Signed Copy of My First Animal Moves plus an Animal Moves Fitness Deck for juniors (UK Only)

(Please note this giveaway is run independently of Linda’s Book Bag)

Please enter using the Rafflecopter link here.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

About Darryl Edwards

Darryl Edwards is a Movement Coach, author of the best-selling books “Animal Moves” and “My First Animal Moves”, and a thought leader in the area of creativity and innovation in fitness and health.

Darryl developed the Primal Play Method™ to inspire others to make physical activity fun while getting healthier and more robust in the process.

You’ll find Darryl on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @fitnessexplorer.

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