5 Children’s Books for Kids Interested in Dance
October 15, 2014
Learning is important in the world of dance. But kids don’t always see it that way. Particularly with very young dancers, you want to know that our students are performing well in school as well as on the stage. But how? Here’s a fun idea! Ask your students to read a dance themed book this season!
These 5 dance themed books are geared toward children between the ages of 2-8:
Beautiful, Magical, Amazing BALLET (A Mia Book) by Mary Lee
Ages 2-6. 32 pages. Mia is excited for her first day of ballet! She learns how to be part of a team and that being perfect isn’t what is most important.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Ages 2-4. 32 pages. Gerald the giraffe wants to dance. But dancing like everyone else is hard for a giraffe! Gerald learns to find his music and style in this adorable book about self-esteem and how it’s okay to be different.
A Dance of Friendship (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird
Ages 3-6. 24 pages. When Angelina’s new friend joins ballet class, she gets all the attention! Angelina learns about jealousy and how to say she’s sorry to keep her friendship and her ballet class strong.
Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
Ages 4-8. 32 pages. Sassy is a bit out of place in her class. But she wants to be recognized for her skills when a famous director comes to visit. Sassy learns about persistence, self-esteem and self-control.
Tap-Dance Fever by Pat Brisson
Ages 5-7. 32 pages. Annabelle is a born dancer. She just can’t stop herself from tapping everywhere she goes! When a misunderstanding gets her into a bit of trouble, everyone asks her to stop. But when the truth comes out, she’s free to let her talent shine again.
There are so many other books out there to get kids reading and interested in dance!
Feel free to suggest another for our list by sending a short description (like the ones you see above) to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Dance Readers” and we’ll try adding it to the list!
Other Suggested Reads:
Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince. Ages 12+. 256 pages. In this memoir, Michaela DePrince shares her story about escaping from war-ravaged Sierra Leone, getting adopted by an American mother and her journey to become a promising young ballerina in American ballet.